Having a nightmare of a time. (DNS/Domains/Hosting)
Hi all, I'll dive right into this. (I apologise for the long post, I am trying to be as clear as possible)
*NOTE: I have changed .com to .kom to avoid confusing and the no-posting url filter.
Basically, I've been googling like mad, Searching for every scrap of information I can find.. I'm not sure whether there just isn't anything covering it.. Or I don't understand it well enough to put it into practice. So I am here, Hopefully someone will know what the H*ll to do! =)
I'll try and lay this out as easy to read as possible.
I run a home server. On said home server I run W.A.M.P to serve my Joomla! powered website.
I own a domain via 1and1.co.uk. I DID have it set up as a 'frame redirect' to my I.P address using their name servers.
HOW THE PROBLEM STARTED:
I have all of the content and most of the configuration down. That I am fine with.
I decided to test out the automated user registration. I find that when it sends an automated E-mail out to a user. Instead of sending the authentication link as MYDOMAIN.kom/Clickhere
it will send MY.IP.ADDRESS/Clickhere
This isn't a great solution. So I googled about looking on how to change it. Having visited the Joomla! forums I am now certain that the settings contained within there are right. The problem lies outwith that.
On the Joomla forums I was told I would need to set up some kind of custom DNS service. Having my Domain pointed at the DNS and letting it forward onto the I.P address. In turn, Solving my I.P E-Mail problem.
So after some more hunting around I came across SimpleDNS.
Right here is were I come to a stop, Pretty much.
According to the 1and1.ko.uk FAQ, In order to have my Domain name point to a Nameserver, I NEED to create a SUB-domain called "ns.Domainname.kom" then in turn point this SUB domain to my I.P Address.
Ok, So I done that.
Problem 1: In the Control Panel at 1and1.co.uk, In the forwarding properties of the SUB-Domain (NS). I am only allowed to put either a full Domain Name OR a "://IPADDRESS"
I cannot place just the IPADDRESS. I am not sure if this is causing any issues.
After doing this, I set up the SimpleDNS like so.
NAME - TYPE - DATA
domainame - NS - DOMAINNAME.COM
domainame - A - IPADDRESS
(I do have NS1, NS2, NS3.. However I chose to leave those out for now as it might confuse matters)
I am at a complete loss here.
I have forwared all the ports I can find that may be needed by SimpleDNS (53, 1053 and 8053)
I have changed odd things around and back again to no avail.
If your IP address is static (does not change) you can simply setup an A record for www.example.com and example.com to point directly to your IP without frame-forwarding. From what I read on 1and1's website this is indeed possible so you will not have to find your own DNS service.
If you do not have a static IP address you will need to find a provider that supports dynamic updates and install and configure the client on your WAMP server. http://freedns.afraid.org provides a free service.
Once this is done you should be able to check via dig or nslookup and see that your domain resolves to your IP address.
Now you will need to fix your joomla configuration file by changing the livesite value to your domain name.
Last edited by Xous; 12-22-2007 at 09:54 PM.