GoDaddy, 110mb and ht.access …

Today is the second day of using my new domain name officially. Well, as you can see, it is MYI4U dot ME. The dot ME version of domain name is still quite rare. As I browsed through some of the domain name providers, they do not have the option for dot ME domain name. Thus, I reckon that GoDaddy is quite an up-to-date provider and most importantly, the price is good and reasonable.

The dot COM version of MYI4U has been registered and I was reluctant to use dot CO dot UK. Interestingly, GoDaddy offers a service where I can appoint them to negotiate with the existing MYI4U dot COM owner which will cost around £30. Otherwise, I can backorder for about £10. The concept of backordering is that GoDaddy will help me to grab the domain name that I want after it expires.

As I mentioned previously, I had to go through lots of process when registering with GoDaddy in order to make sure that I did not miss out of any special offer. I cannot really blame GoDaddy for the long-wind process because it gave me an option to skip all the process and proceed to the checkout. Everything went on smoothly as I have gotten what I want; a domain name.

The account page in GoDaddy is very slow and navigation around the settings took a while to load. Sometimes, I get the timeout message when trying to update my A record and CNAME record. Below is how I configure my GoDaddy domain name while still host at 110mb. There are easier way to configure it but I prefer the hard way because using the hard way, will allow more flexibility.

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Login to GoDaddy account. Move the mouse over to the Domain button. Click ‘My Domains’ to view your domain.

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Click your domain name

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Click ‘Total DNS Control and MX Records’

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In the A (Host), I have a host @ and points to the IP address of Box13 which is where my blog contents stored. In CNAME, I have a WWW entry points to @ which means both WWW and non WWW will work.

Some users have problems with the CNAME. Thus, they remove the WWW entry in the CNAME and added a Subdomain. See below.

GoDaddy

Click on the ‘add’

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Input ‘www’ in the subdomain field and your domain name in the forward to field. Choose either 301 or 302. Most of them use 301 though.

As I am using 110mb, I have to login to my 110mb account and add and extra domain through my account profile. In my case, I have my .htaccess activated. Thus, I have to insert some codes into my .htaccess file. For those who do not have .htaccess, simple insert a set of code at the top of every pages.

.htaccess code

Options +FollowSymLinks
RewriteEngine On
RewriteBase /
RewriteCond %{HTTP_HOST} !^askapache.com$ [NC]
RewriteRule ^(.*)$ http://askapache.com/$1 [R=301,L]

Php

<?php
if (ereg("yourolddomain", $_SERVER['HTTP_HOST'])) {
// Permanent redirection
header("HTTP/1.1 301 Moved Permanently");
header("Location: http://YOURNEWDOMAINHERE.com/");
exit();
}
?>

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