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How to associate an Static Ip with a domain name

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I have two questions:

1. I have registered a domain name and I have got a static ip address.  Can someone let me know how can I associate the static IP with the domain name?

2. I was told the persistent ip will be changed every 6 months.  What do I need to do to link the changed IP to the domain name?

Thanks a lot,

RD
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by:drichards
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So it's really not a static IP.  Less inconvenient than having it change daily or weekly, but still not permanent.  But to answer your questions...

You need DNS services.  I use ZoneEdit (www.zoneedit.com).  They also provide DDNS (Dynamic DNS) service which will handle the changing IP.  Check out the FAQ: http://www.zoneedit.com/doc/dynamic.html for Dynamic DNS.  I have also seen people recommend http://www.dyndns.org/.  You could also just make the change manually, but you run the risk of people being directed to the wrong place until you catch up.

If you have specific questions about setting up DDNS, you can search previous questions here or post a new one.
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Thanks for your response.

I have a couple of more questions:

1. If I have a real static IP,  what would be your recommendation?  Can the link be achieved by my ISP's DNS server?   Do I need to ask my ISP to do that?

2. You said " you could just make the change manually...", I am still not clear what you mean by that. How do you make the change manually?

3. Is it possible to setup an DNS server at my local machine and resolve the 'Ip link domain name' issue?

I really appreciate your answer and thank you so much.

 
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1.  Most ISP's do not provide DNS service.  It's just as easy to go to ZoneEdit or another free DNS provider and do it through there.  Many times the place you use to register your domain name will also provide DNS service.   For example, I registered my domains through GoDaddy (www.godaddy.com) and they provide DNS service.  I chose to use ZoneEdit instead.

2.  Changing DNS manually means that whenever your IP changes you need to go back to your DNS provider and update the DNS records.  You need to tell the system that a new IP is associated with your domain.  DDNS uses client software to do this automatically.

3.  This will solve your problem locally, but will not solve it for people out on the Internet.
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by:rdong
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Thanks so much! Learned a lot from you.

1. How reliable is ZoneEdit?

2. Thanks for your explanation.

3. So the reason that my local DNS can only solve my problem locally is the local DNS server can not access whois database whereas a DNS provider can?
 
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