Creating new domain names (for personal use)
Did you know that you can easily create your own
domain names for your personal use on your computer? The
method we're going to describe could come in handy many
- You can map your current home page domain name
(at your internet service provider's server) to
use your own domain name such as MyCompanyName.com; for
fun, or to help you test your HTML pages with
your own domain name.
- On a local network (or an intranet) you can use
your own domain names to access local and remote
resources (web servers, etc.)
- You can create shorter and easier to remember
domain names (or aliases) for already existing
- If your DNS server is slow, you can speedup the
access to certain domain names a bit.
Here's how to...
- Locate or create a file named HOSTS
If you're using Windows 95, this file should be
in the Windows directory ("C:\WINDOWS" for
If you're using Windows NT, HOSTS
file should be in the "%SystemRoot%\system32\drivers\etc"
- Use your favorite text editor (Notepad for example) to
add entries to the HOSTS
file. All entries to the HOSTS
file should be in the following format:
Address> <English or friendly name>
For example, let's say you want to create a
domain name [alias] for a known domain name --
for example. First, find out the IP address of
the "known" (or already existing domain
name) by typing the following command at the
"DOS or Command Prompt:"
or according to our example:
Record the IP address for that domain -- 220.127.116.11 for example.
Now, decide what your new domain name for www.chamisplace.com should
be -- let's say you want to call it "tipssite.com"
(something easier to remember).
All you have to do to map tipssite.com
is to add the following line to your HOSTS file:
Now you can access www.chamisplace.com
by using tipssite.com
instead -- http://tipssite.com/
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