Using domains without using PRO ISP's servers


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Added: 10.03.2014 23:26:29     Last updated: 08.02.2017 12:45:00

A domain registered with us can be used on other servers in the following ways:

  1. URL Forwarding
  2. DNS control
  3. Use of other name servers than PRO ISP's


URL Forwarding
URL forwarding lets you forward your domain to an existing website you already have. URL Forwarding is one of our packages, and is usually ordered together with wanted domain name. You can also upgrade a parked domain to URL Forwarding via the customer sites, see guide here.

Example:
You have a website on your own computer at http://34.34.34.34/hjemmeside/. In addition, you have bought the domain dittdomene.no at PRO ISP with URL forwarding. When you type http://www.dittdomene.no in the address field in the web browser, you will instantly be forwarded to the address http://34.34.34.34/hjemmeside/ (which will stay in the address field).

It requires minimal knowledge to set up URL forwarding, and you can find a guide here.

DNS control
By using DNS control you directly change the zone file of your domain via a control panel. Guide for changing zone files via our customer sites can be found here.

Example of zone file:

$TTL 14400
@ IN SOA ns1.proisp.no. sikkerhet.proisp.no. (
         2006011901 ; serial, todays date+todays
         14400 ; refresh, seconds
         7200 ; retry, seconds
         3600000 ; expire, seconds
         86400 ) ; minimum, seconds

exampledomain.org. IN NS ns1.proisp.no.
exampledomain.org. IN NS ns2.proisp.no.
exampledomain.org. IN A 82.96.75.140
exampledomain.org. IN MX 0 exampledomain.org.
mail IN CNAME exampledomain.org.
www IN CNAME exampledomain.org.
ftp IN CNAME exampledomain.org.


By making changes in the zone file you will be able to point the domain towards your server without having to run your own name servers/DNS servers on your computer. By using our name servers you will also get increased stability because of our redundant name servers which are located in different data centers along with DDoS protection and anycast. A pointing like this implies that you have a web hosting service on your own server. Be aware that your web server must be configured correctly for it to work like you want it to.

Example:
By changing the line (from the example above)

exampledomain.org. IN A 82.96.75.140

to

exampledomain.org. IN A xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx

where xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx is the IP to your server, the domain will point to your server.

You must also set up the web server correctly. In Apache you would normally have to add this in the configuration file:


ServerAlias exampledomain.org
ServerAdmin webmaster@exampledomain.org
DocumentRoot /home/username/public_html
BytesLog domlogs/ exampledomain.org-bytes_log
ServerName www.exampledomain.org
User username
Group username
CustomLog /usr/local/apache/domlogs/exampledomain.org combined
ScriptAlias /cgi-bin/ /home/username/public_html/cgi-bin/

(A lot of data in the configuration is not necessary) It requires medium level of knowledge to set up DNS control.

Use other name servers than PRO ISPs
By using other name servers than PRO ISPs, you must run your own name servers or use others'. If you use your own, you must be able to set up the name servers correctly, as well as what is mentioned under DNS control.
Changing of name servers can easily be done via the customer system, and you find a guide for this here.

It requires high level of knowledge to use one's own name servers, but minimal level of knowledge to use others'.