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DataWeb User's Guide

Hosting Your Domain
As a DataWeb customer, you have the option to host your own domain on our servers and build webs on that domain. Any DataWeb web that you create on your domain will use your domain name. For example, if you own the domain somedomain.com, any web that you create on that domain will have a name like myweb.somedomain.com.

If you want to create a web on the DataWeb.com domain before the process of transferring your domain hosting to DataWeb is complete, you can do so, and move your web to your own domain once it's ready.

To host a domain through DataWeb, follow these steps:

1.   Register a domain through a third-party domain registrar. See the following section for more information.
2.   Ask your registrar to do the following two things:

a.   Name the DataWeb DNS administrator as the technical (or administrative) contact for the domain.
b.   Change the authoritative DNS servers for your domain to dns1.DataWeb.com and dns2.DataWeb.com.

3.   Fill out the DataWeb domain hosting form so that we are alerted that you want us to host your domain.
4.   You will receive a confirmation email from us once we have all of the information we need to host your domain. Typically we'll contact you within forty-eight hours after we hear from your registrar.

Registering a Domain

In order to have a private domain hosted through DataWeb, you must first register your domain through a third party domain registrar. DataWeb does not currently provide domain registration services.

There are many companies on the Internet, such as Register.com, who provide domain registration services. Registration costs vary, but you can expect to pay approximately $35 per year. DataWeb does not receive any payment from domain registrars, nor are we affiliated with any registrar. The company that registers your domain will bill you directly.

In order for us to host your domain on our servers, you must specify our DNS administrator as your technical contact. If the company you register with doesn't ask for technical contact information, list our DNS Administrator as your administrative contact. You can typically send email to the domain registrar's technical support department or fill out a change form on their web site to specify technical contact information if you don't provide this when you first register.

Provide your domain registrar with all of the information in the following table. If possible, include the NIC handle listed below; this is the most efficient way for the domain registrar to handle your request. If you can't figure out how to change the NIC handle for your domain, try looking under the 'advanced' section of your registrar's web site, or send email to their support department.

NIC Handle: DA20958-OR
Technical (or Administrative) Contact: DNS Administrator
DataWeb Corporation
2100 Westlake Ave. N
Seattle, WA 98105

Phone: (206) 838-5940
Fax: (206) 838-5927br>
Email: dnsadmin@DataWeb.com

Note: The NIC handle is a code that uniquely identifies a domain host and references contact information. Not all registrars ask for an NIC handle when you register.

If you have questions about Internet domains, read the Internet Domains and Registrations FAQ. For additional assistance, see DataWeb technical support. For special hosting requests, contact the DataWeb DNS administrator.

Renaming a Web to an Address in Your Domain

Once DataWeb is hosting your domain, you can move any webs that you own to your private domain. To do so, follow these steps:

1.   Log on to the DataWeb.com domain.
2.   View your web in the DataWeb Designer, and choose Change Address from the Application menu.
3.   On the Change Application Address page, select your domain from the drop-down list, and click the Finish button. You can choose whether to notify members of your application that the address has changed.
4.   Log on to your domain (www.yourdomain.com/mywebs.csp). You should see your newly renamed web in the list of your webs for this domain.

When you move your web to a different domain, members of your web will have to register on that domain as described in the following section.

Users Must Register on Your Domain

Each domain has separate user accounts. The first time that a user is added to a web that exists in a given domain, they'll be required to register on that domain if they haven't already. For example, if you add a user to a web in the DataWeb.com domain, they'll receive an email with a temporary password instructing them to register on that domain and change their password. If that user is then added to a web on the somedomain.com domain, they'll receive another email with a temporary password and instructions for registering on the somedomain.com domain.

Users can have different user names and passwords on different domains. They can also have different email addresses, but it's best to use the same email address for every domain.

Anonymous users can use webs on your domain without registering, just as they can on DataWeb.com.
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