I have a DSL line with a static IP. It's great for my use. I back up work, keep reference documents and sample code handy as well as a Tomcat instance for trying new things and so on. Unfortunately, my less-technically inclined family members can't remember the simple IP address to bring up my web site filled with family photos and such. I'd like to register a domain but my ISP would charge $10/month for DNS service. Has anyone used a free DNS like ZoneEdit to connect-the-dots between a registrar and an IP? How'd that work out?
I have used dyndns.com where they provide you a name for your ip address. I did not have the static IP as you have, so I had installed another piece of software which will sync up my ip (by polling if it has changed), with dyndns.com
The only caveat is that the domain names would be of free domain types like abc.no-ip.org or abc.is-a-geek.org etc.
To use such services you would need to do the following
1. Create a free account with service provider. 2. Choose which free domain would you like 3. Provide the IP address which you would like to be mapped with the name you just created. 4. Download some client software which will sync up your account with service provider with the latest ip address [This is when you do not have static ip]
Originally posted by Frank Carver: Surely in the announcement/invitation case you could just send out an ip-address-based URL for folks to click on. You shouldn't need a domain name in this case at all.
Certainly, if the announcements were email (we usually use snail mail for such things) and some spam filters didn't bounce emails with IP addresses, as is the case with several of my friends.
Originally posted by Frank Carver:
As an aside. I happily use dyndns for my system at home.
In this case you can use just tinyurl to map IP based address to some text based. I use some free DNS service for many years, unfortunately I lost its name and login information. Hopefully my IP didn't change since.