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I need some pointers for a home project using my ubuntu desktop. I want to host a website using dyndns. This website will to either post my resume online or my photos. I want use apache or whichever ubuntu web server will make my life easier. A summery idea for this will do. Thanks, M.
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Here's the Apache guide for Ubuntu: http://ubuntuguide.org/wiki/Ubuntu:Feisty#Apache_HTTP_Server

After that, you'll have to forward traffic from the internet on port 80 to your internal computers IP address. If you need more specific instruction, what kind of router are you using?

If you haven't already, sign up for DynDns, and get your domain name.

That's it, really - the hardest part will probably be following instruction to get Apache working. I've got to warn you though, most ISP's forbid the hosting of servers - commercial, or personal. Verizon specifically. Verizon even blocks access to port 80, restricting. You could run your web server on a different port, but then people would need to specify that port number when connecting to your server (which is no fun).
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I will give it a try. I am with Time warner cable so lets see how it works with them. Thanks, will keep you posted later. Cheers, M
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Question friends will need to learn some PHP5 for this project?
Not really, if you are are looking at a simple photo album, there are plenty of packages around to do this for you.  If you want just your resume, convert it to HTML and upload the page as required.
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Hello experts:
I manage with webmin to setup apache2. That is working well,  however, I need to resovel my domain either using Dyndns or my PC running DNS. I have my domains register with register.com. I need to know where to point the domain to from register.coom. I don't find the entry for register.com in dynDNS. That is what i am having trouble with. Understanding the configuration for DynDNS or if I should use it. M

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If you're on a home internet connection, you may have a dynamic IP address. You'll have to ask your ISP technical support for confirmation.

If you have a dynamic IP address, DynDNS would be a good solution.
1. Register at DynDns.com.
2. Setup your home network to update DynDNS with your IP address.

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I'm sorry, that was a mis-post..

As I understand it, you've registered a domain name. You've also signed up for DynDNS, and you're updating your IP address already. So if you go to your.dyndns.com address, it directs you to your home computers IP. Right?

Ok, then when you're setting up your DNS settings on Register.com, you'll want to create a CNAME (alias) record that points www (or anything) to your.dyndns.com

If it helps to understand, think of the process this way. Your webserver is on an IP address. Typically you create an A record to point www.example.com to your IP adress directly. However, if you're using Dynamic DNS, then you're telling www.example.com to go to your.dyndns.com domain instead.

Does that help? A bit of an earful to explain.
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I want to host a website from my apartment. I have the domains register in register.com. I have cable for broadband. How do I tell register.com where to point my domains to? This is why I am thinking of DynDNS. M

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Do you have a static, or dynamic IP address? You can obtain this information from your ISP's support.
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I have dynamic IP address, in the past I could have register.com point to dynDNS.org and there was no pronlem DynDNS.or would have my dhcp address from my ISP. Now When I goto DynDNS.org I don't see the option or I just need help to understand it. M

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I'm not following you; I don't understand where you're stuck in the process.

If you're setup with DynDNS, then you should be able to ping your DynDNS address, right?

Next, to point your real domain name to DynDNS, you create a DNS CNAME record - are you stuck there?
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I have my domain with register.com. I want the domain to point to my home PC. In between I was or I am  under the impression that I could use DynDNS. The idea was to have register.com point at DynDNS and my home IP address that is DHCP is enter in DynDNS. This way if the IP address from my ISP changes it is just a matter of updating DynDNS. I need to know if this is possible. IF so what is the entry in register.com to tell it how to point at DynDNS  my domain name. M
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Thank you so much WizRd-Linux and gabbadar. I work on this tonight from home. I will update you later on how it goes. It seems very clear to me now. M
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