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Create DtDNS Account

This page covers creating an account at DtDNS. Using this account allows you to configure and run the servers from a dynamically allocated IP address.

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Creating a DtDNS account

Creating an account at DtDNS is extremely easy.

  • Go to DtDNS home page.
  • To the right of log in click Create an Account

There are two pages to fill in. Enter the following details:


Page 1:

1) Desired Username This name is used for logging into your account
2) Your Name Your real name (Internal use)
3) Desired Password A password for logging into your account
4) Confirm Password As above
5) E-mail Address A real active e-mail is required. An activation code is sent to this e-mail address
6) Confirm E-mail As above
7) Optional Skip the Optional Information section if you don't wish fill it in.
8) Two CAPCHA words Enter the two CAPCHA words (if these are difficult to read, click the new challenge button)

Note 1: After step 8) you will be redirected to page 2:
Note 2: A confirmation e-mail is sent to your e-mail account set in step 5)


Page 2:

9) Username Enter your Username as entered in 1).
10) Enter code Enter code sent to your email.

Note 3: The email sent to you contains a link returning you to page 2. After step 8) you can close the page and wait for this email.

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Creating a Hostname overview

General information

  • A DtDNS account is limited to five free hostnames.
  • A hostname is concatenated with a domain name.
  • I have listed available domains on the right.
  • Your full URL, for example
    • If you chose books as hostname
    • And select from the drop down menu effers.com

Will look like this: http://books.effers.com

 

Available Free Domain Names

3d-game.com
4irc.com
b0ne.com
bbsindex.com
chatnook.com
darktech.org
deaftone.com
dtdns.net
effers.com
etowns.net
etowns.org
flnet.org
gotgeeks.com
scieron.com
slyip.com
slyip.net
suroot.com

Wild Cards

After creating a hostname, wild cards are enabled by default. This allows you to use a URL such as: http://www.books.effers.com Note: The www. is the wild card part. This can be anything you like; for example:

  • http://www.books.effers.com
  • http://www-internation.books.effers.com
  • http://local.books.effers.com
  • http://www.home.books.effers.com

The host name books.effers.com resolves to your IP address. The wild card can be resolved on your server using Vhosts to create different sites.

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Create Hostname

To create a new hostname at DtDNS

Login

  • Go to Login page
  • Enter Username: as set in step 1)
  • Enter Password: as set in step 3)
  • My Services page displayed
  • Click on Hostnames. This opens the Hostname Manager

Create hostname

  • Enter a desired Hostname
  • From the drop down menu select a Domain
  • Click Add Hostname
  • Enter the two CAPCHA words (if these are difficult to read, click the new challenge button)
  • Click Add Hostname button
  • This is added to your list of host names

Manage existing hostnames

To manage existing hostnames, simply click the entry in the list; for example:

Hostname Domain IP Address Type
uni23 dtdns.net 89.119.35.45 Active Dynamic
books effers.com 87.129.30.174 Active Dynamic

Click a hostname link to open its corresponding configuration page. Here you can change various settings, including the IP address.


Note 1: After reconnecting to your service provider you need to login to DtDNS and update the IP address accordingly. Alternatively add the new account to The Uniform Server's builtin updater. See Edit DtDNS Accounts.


Note 2: With the updater configured you can enable Cron to perform automatic updates.

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Summary

For a home web server the free account at DtDNS is ideal. At least it gives you an opportunity to test their service. Perhaps it will encourage you to purchase a real domain and use some of their paid services.

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Where to go next

DtDNS - Introduction
DtDNS - Detail
Run Cron as a program
Run Cron as a service


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