|Updated: January 20, 2001
Zoneedit.com is a commercial
DNS service that will allow you to use their nameservers for up to 5 domain
names for FREE. If would like to use their nameservers for more than
5 domain names, you have to pay.
Zoneedit.com uses a web based
format to edit your zone file unlike granitecanyon.com which uses a text
file. Updates to the zone information happens within hours rather
Here is the front page which
lists a variety of services they provide. We want the service that
is listed first.
Click on "Free Sign Up" to
create an account.
Fill out the information
completely with the same information that you entered when you registered
your domain name. This way they can see if you have the authority
to manage the specified domain name. Make sure at the bottom of the
page, you select in the drop down box "Free Trial - 5 zones". I like
After you submit the information,
Go grab a bite to eat, wait
an hour, and then check your email. You'll get an email with your
user name, password, and other pertinent information.
Use this information to login
to Zoneedit.com. You will see this first message:
Click on "Add Zones".
Enter the domain name you
want to create a zone for or use the bulk loader to enter multiple domain
I just want one - dslwebserver.com.
Hit "Add Zone".
You get a warning that "you
must contact your registrar (the people from whom you purchased this domain
name) and tell them to change its nameservers to:" two ZoneEdit.com nameservers.
This is the message that
appears at the top of all pages until the ZoneEdit.com detects that you
have in fact changed your registers nameserver settings. When the
changes have been detected, the message will disappear - wow, magic!
Your site won't be accessible
until you go to your register and make the changes, but until then, we
can still work until the zone file by clicking on "Start editing your domain
before it goes live" at the bottom of the page.
This is the main page where
you can customize your zone file to your liking.
The first thing we'll do
is enter our IP address of your server. Click on "IP Addresses"
In the first box, type in
"www" and in the second box, your IP number. Click "Add new IP Address".
This message gives you the
choice of allowing access to your domain with or without the "www".
I click on "Yes" and unless you have some reason not to, you should too.
Next we are going to setup
the mail options. Here you have two options:
1. You can have all email
directed to your server
2. You can have all email
forwarded to a current working email address.
In this example, I'm going
to choose option 1.
First we need to disable
the email forwarding which is setup by default.
Click on "MailForward", check
the "Delete" box and then click "Delete Selected".
You are prompted with an
confirmation. Click "Yes"
Now click on "Mail Servers
Type in the name of your
mail server which in my case is the same as the webserver. Click
"Add New Mail Server".
Click "Yes" at the confirmation.
Now the zone file is setup
to accept web request and direct email to the proper server.
If you want to add ftp service
to your site, then you can use the Alias function.
Click on "Aliases (CNAME)".
In the first box type in
"ftp.yourdomain.com" and in the second box "yourdomain.com". For
me it's "ftp.dslwebserver.com" and "dslwebserver.com". Click "Add
Click "Yes" at the confirmation
Click on "View" to see the
complete zone file.
Now we're done!