My brother and I recently started working on a web project, and we were trying to come up with a good name for it. Unfortunately, the first two names I had thought of were not available as domain names. I told my brother, and he thought of some similar related names, found one that was available as a domain, and purchased the domain immediately. The problem was that he owned the domain name (with his GoDaddy account), but we were going to use my hosting account which is with my GoDaddy account (not his.) My first suggestion was to transfer the domain to my account. My brother wasn’t fond of this idea, but GoDaddy doesn’t allow transfers of domain names for 60 days after they have changed ownership. Fortunately, they do allow you to “push” a domain from one GoDaddy account to another GoDaddy account. But, my brother still didn’t want to give up the domain name that quickly. So, I had to find a different way to do it. Continue reading Host a domain from a different GoDaddy account
To find out your GoDaddy hosting account IP address, follow the steps below. I am fairly certain that the IP address you find is constant and will not change unless you change it yourself.
- Log into the GoDaddy hosting account that you want to find the IP address of.
- Click on the “My Account” link.
- Click the “Manage Domains” link.
- Click on the domain name you want to have hosted from the different GoDaddy account.
- You are now at a “Domain Details” page. There are a lot of links here. In the main box where the most links are, click the link labeled “Total DNS Control and MX Records” (it is under the “Total DNS” subsection.)
- On the new page, the “@” entry under the “A (Host)” section contains the IP address of your host. It is shown under the “Points To” column.
Another aspect of GoDaddy services that initially seemed lacking was their non-support of .htaccess files (use this link to read some other gripes I used to have.) These .htaccess files allow many cool functions to automatically happen when someone accesses your web pages. It can provide user/password authentication, URL redirect/rewriting, customization of directory listings, and more.
Today I was checking my hosting statistics and noticed that there was a link (or some sort of referral) to my website on someone’s Myspace profile page. I went to that profile page and discovered that not only did I NOT know the person or any of his friends, but his background image was one of my photos of a light bulb that is hosted on my website. It would have been fine with me if he would have saved the image, and then uploaded it to his Myspace account, but he didn’t. The image was pointing directly to my hosted image, and so my bandwidth usage was spiking a little. Continue reading .htaccess with GoDaddy hosting accounts – blocking external image linking
I really enjoy using GoDaddy for my domain and hosting provider. However, there has always been one aspect of their services that gets on my nerves: email. Let me count the ways:
- Their email services limit SMTP forwarding to 250 times per day (that is how many emails you can send each day.)
- Each mailbox only can store up to 10 MB, unless you pay extra.
- You cannot use IMAP with their accounts, only POP3 or the website-based email.
Fortunately, I found out today how overcome all of these problems in one felled swoop. To summarize the process, you use Google Apps instead of the GoDaddy email system. GoDaddy lets you set all the nitty-gritty details of your account settings, including how your email is handled. There is a nice tutorial how to do this here: http://howbits.com/?p=17
Or, if you don’t want to follow the instructions at the site above, then you just create a Google Apps account at http://www.google.com/a/help/intl/en/index.html , enter your domain name, go to the “Dashboard” page, click on the “Activate email” link, and follow the directions. Continue reading Using IMAP with GoDaddy email accounts