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After setting up an account at ZoneEdit.com, when you log in, you are presented with a screen similar to this.
From here, if you haven't already, you can set up a new zone. A zone is a collection of DNS records for a given domain. (If you have already added the zone, then you can skip down to the editing part of the tutorial).
Ignore everything in the "Optional Advanced Bulk Loader" section. Simply type the domain you want to use with zoneedit, and press the "Add Zone" button. You will then see a page similar to this.
You will then need to update the nameservers for your domain to those specified near the top of the page. You will need to contact your domain registrar and ask them to update the nameservers for you, or use their control panel if they offer one. You can however set everything up ready so that once the changes have propagated, your domain will be ready.
When you first edit the zone, you will see a screen similar to this. (You may see an error at the top asking you to update the nameserver. This will go away once the nameserver changes have been made, and propagated.)
You will need to add several A records (records which point a domain or subdomain to a given IP), so that your domain will work as it did before. Click the "IP Addresses" link, and you will get a page similar to this one.
You will need to add several of these records. The following is a list of the ones you need to add:
The rest of the records depend on your host. If you are hosted on a cPanel server, you will also need the following records:
If you are hosted on a Plesk server, you will need the following records, in addition to the four listed above:
To obtain the numeric IP for your server/account, either use your operating system's "ping" program, or contact you web host.
When adding the blank (non-www) record, you will see a screen like this:
Click yes, you want both domain.com and www.domain.com to have that IP. Continue adding the records, until you have added all the required ones. For each record added, you will be asked if you are sure you want it to have that IP, answer yes every time.
Once all the A records have been added, you should have a screen similar to this one:
You now need to enter an MX record, which will handle email for your domain. Click the "Mail Server (MX)" link.
You need to put in "mail.yourdomain.com" handles mail 1st for "yourdomain.com" (You may need to delete any MailForwarders; do so by clicking on "MailForward")
You can use the "IP addresses (A)" section to point a subdomain of your site to another server (ie: your own computer if you have a broadband Internet connection).
You can add subdomains which point to the same IP as you used above. Follow the same instructions as for adding the "ftp" or "mail" A records.
You can use ZoneEdit's "WebForward" feature. "New Domain" refers to the subdomain you wish to have (ie: "forums"), and "Destination" is where it forwards to (ie: "http://www.yourdomain.com/forums/").
"Cloaked" means that subdomain.yourdomain.com will remain in the browser address bar, whatever page your visitors are on (so they won't see "http://www.yourdomain.com/forums/a_page.php", for example).
If you have a dynamic IP (ie: you are on a dialup Internet connection or your ISP does not offer a static IP), then you can use ZoneEdit in conjunction with a service such as no-ip.com or dyndns.org. When you have a working address in the form username.dyndns.org or username.no-ip.com, click the "Aliases (CNAME)" link.
"Alias" is the subdomain you want to have (ie "home" or "mypc"), and the "Actual Name" is the dyndns.com/no-ip.com (or whatever service you use) name (ie yourname.dyndns.org).
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