How to get a domain without the "www"???

Discussion in 'Web Design and Development (archive)' started by coolbreeze, Oct 11, 2003.

  1. coolbreeze macrumors 68000

    Jan 20, 2003
  2. tazo macrumors 68040


    Apr 6, 2003
    Pacific Northwest, Seattle, WA actually
    umm all domains can do that ;) All except I believe, which effs it up and makes u enter www for em I believe.

    I recommend! 12.50 for a domain! :)
  3. Stelliform macrumors 68000


    Oct 21, 2002
    Well actually is it based on the server config. (Which if you are having someone hosting it then you are at their mercy.)

    For example I route all traffic to my domain to the web server, but I could specify which sub-domains? I would route where.

    I have one client where I route to the vpn server, www., to the web server, database. to the database server, mail. to the mail server... Get the gist? That is how the domain stuff works.... :D
  4. mrjamin macrumors 65816


    Feb 6, 2003
  5. peterjhill macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA

    $8.95 per year. Have not had a problem yet.

    What you want to do is run your own Domain Name Server (DNS)

    You can do this with Mac OS X client. You can go to and look for dns and find an app that will help set up the config files. It is fairly complicated. Ideally you would read "DNS and BIND" from

    That would give the the knowledge you need to realize that any registrar should let you run your own DNS server, and once you do that, you do not need to have www in your domain.

    What you buy is the last two parts of the domain name, like

    then you create a zone file that lists all the hosts in that domain


    Then you create a reverse zone that lists
    all the ip addresses first and then tells a person what the name of the computer is

    Then there are MX entries, SOA entries, take a couple of days to read the book above if you really want to control your own dns.

    If you don't, why don't you go to

    they will host your dns, allow you to resolve a hostname on a computer whose IP address is not static. They have a nice interface for adding names.
  6. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    You are referring to two different topics. Registering a domain name gives you <something>.[com,org,etc].

    What you are reffering to is DNS (Domain Name System/Service). Registering a domain name has little to do with DNS, other than the fact that when you register a domain, you are required to enter the IP addresses of the authoritative DNS servers for that domain. The servers at those IP addresses handle the rest.

    For example, when you enter and it doesn't know what it is, that is a configuration problem on the DNS server. Specifically, when the request comes into the DNS server, it looks at your request and says "Yes I am authoritative for, however, I do not have an entry".

    What you need to do is have your DNS provider add that entry in. In BIND, it would look like this: IN A <enter IP address here> IN A <enter IP address here>

    And when the DNS server would look at this, it would know that resolves to an IP as well as Usually, they are the same IP address, but they could technically be different.
  7. peterjhill macrumors 65816


    Apr 25, 2002
    Seattle, WA
    hum, just like I said in the post just before yours.
  8. tomf87 macrumors 65816


    Sep 10, 2003
    Apologies for that. I just hit post reply without reading all of the replies.

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