Finding Previous DNS Settings for a Domain

So the other day I was setting up forwarding for some domains and accidentally forwarded one that I didn’t want forwarded. When I unset the forwarding, the domain reverted back to the default settings and not the settings that it was previously set to. I recall once in the past when this happened, and GoDaddy tech support had said they keep no records of previous DNS settings for domains. Knowing that Google stores cached pages, I wondered if there was anything similar for DNS settings. I searched, and sure enough, there were a couple sites that keep previous DNS settings for domains. All you have to do is type in the domain name, and it comes up with results.

Here are two that I used: http://dnshistory.org/ and http://whoisrequest.org/history/

Installing WordPress in Subdomain on Network Solutions

I recently had a client who wanted to host a new WordPress site in her Network Solutions account. Since her existing hosting plan allowed her to host multiple sites, I created a folder for the new domain.

To install WordPress, go to Toolbox, then View the Open Source Library. Choose WordPress and then select the domain name and folder. Network Solutions doesn’t allow you to NOT select a folder. I didn’t want the new site to have URLs like ‘mynewdomain.com/wordpress’ so I found information on how to make WordPress ‘look like’ it is in the root folder and not in a subdirectory (or folder). So, I entered ‘blog’ as the folder. Where it says ‘Make this wordpress my homepage’ leave it unchecked. Next, wait for WordPress to install.

Follow the steps on this WordPress page under the heading “Using a pre-existing subdirectory install”:

http://codex.wordpress.org/Giving_WordPress_Its_Own_Directory

If you’ve followed all of the steps correctly, you should be able to view the new WordPress installation at mynewdomain.com.

 

 

By |March 20th, 2015|domain, hosting, WordPress|Comments Off on Installing WordPress in Subdomain on Network Solutions

Another example of email scam

email scam and mail scamHere is another example of an email scam (I’ve also received very similar letters in the regular mail too). It looks very official and has a sense of urgency (failure to respond may result in the cancellation of this offer!). If you read carefully, you will discover that the letter is offering a new service, which is to let search engines know about your website. In all likelihood, you would send them the fees and never hear back again. It is not a renewal of your domain registration or hosting service. If you are ever unsure, you can always check with your hosting and domain companies or website maintainer. Know the dates of when your services expire.

By |January 7th, 2015|domain, email, hosting, scam, spam|Comments Off on Another example of email scam

Determining if an Email Message is Spam

spam emailsI encourage my clients to forward any suspicious-looking emails to me so I can check them out, especially when the email references hosting, domains, or email.

Yesterday a client forwarded one which read “We noticed your mail box which is running very slow and requires capacity increase for security reasons. For safety reasons we have temporary signed you out. Click here and Sign back in to increase storage limit and continue your usage.”

First thing to check is the ‘from’ email address. It should match the name of the company that it’s from. This particular email was from a very generic ‘noreply@mailstorage.com’. Next, hover your mouse over the links in the email – hover but Do Not Click. Clicking could result in a virus or malware being downloaded to your PC. The URL that is shown should match the company name. In this case, it was ‘motofan….’. Another clue is whether you regularly receive emails from that business or is this a one-time occurrence.

If the email fails any of the tests, delete it and continue on.

By |January 7th, 2015|domain, email, hosting, registration, spam|Comments Off on Determining if an Email Message is Spam