New Sixies.net Websites via Sixie.net
You can get a free website via Sixie.net if you became a member of the Cybersix Message Board before July 15, 2005 or EVER had a website on sixies.org or sixies.net. Otherwise, Email me
and make your case, or get an existing member in really good standing to vouch for you. If you're a friend of a Sixie, they have to e-mail me themselves.
You must also agree to keep your contact e-mail up to date: you can do it using CPanel, and the link to do so is in the upper left hand corner of the CPanel control panel when you log into CPanel. If I can't reach you, I can't vouch for its safety if something dire comes up!
What you must decide
You must decide on a subdomain name for sixie.net or sixies.net, like "lori" in "lori.sixie.net" or "lucas" in "lucas.sixies.net". It will also be your Cpanel login name, your ftp login name, and your e-mail name (email@example.com
). If you have your own domain name and want it hosted at Sixie.net then go here
. If you have a name with a Dynamic DNS service and want to host it at Sixie.net, then go here.
with the following information:
Your name and/or Cybersix Message Board name.
The subdomain name that you want to use, and the domain (sixie.net is already up, sixies.net will be moved soon.)
The password you want to use. Omit this, and I'll make one up and send it to you.
An e-mail address that will be your contact address if you don't want the e-mail address you used to e-mail me. (Don't use the <subdomain>@sixies.net e-mail address at this time: you're not set up yet!)
You will get an e-mail from me giving the details of your new site when I set it up (be patient! I have to WORK for a living!) SAVE it for future reference. If there are problems, I'll get back to you via your contact address.
That's it! Have fun!
If you already have a Domain name you Control
Let's suppose you already have a domain name and can set its DNS Nameservers (if you don't know, go here
). Then do the following steps.
If you have a domain name with a Dynamic DNS Service
A Dynamic DNS Service
allows someone with a DSL or Cable connection that may have a varying IP address to dynamically assign an IP address to a domain name. Usually, the webserver runs a program to update the service, and/or the service allows a permanent IP address to be assigned. If you want to keep your current domain name and use an account at Sixie.net, then do the following steps.
Follow the directions in the "What you must decide
" section and send me the required e-mail, but put in the entire domain name AND a login name, mentioning that you'll be setting the IP address with your Dynamic DNS Service.
Log into your account at your Dynamic DNS Service and set the IP address of your domain name to the IP address of the Sixie.net server: 188.8.131.52. This is fairly stable, but be aware that my hoster may need to change it. Go to www.sixie.net
for ISP related information.
If you can't change the IP manually, but must run a script that updates the service, email me
about the problem and we'll try to work it out.
Do you control your Domain name?
This is a sticky problem: The majority of webhosters will try to sell you a domain name at a cut-rate price if you host with them. If you used a domain name registrar and had to separately get webhosting, you probably DO control your domain name: email me
about your situation. If not, the webhoster controls the domain name, and may not let you use it if you host with someone else! You may be stuck!
There's not much you can do, since when he registered it, he registered himself as the technical contact and DOES control it: that's what happened to sixies.org, and I STILL can't regain control of it! You can try the following, but success is not guaranteed:
Negotiate a DNS name service fee, and have them change the nameservers of the domain name to NS39.SECURENET-SERVER.NET and NS40.SECURENET-SERVER.NET. They'll prefer an annual fee to avoid credit card fees for such a low amount, and will probably add on an annual fee for renewing the domain name. This can be a win-win situation if you convince them that they don't actually have to provide any web-space or bandwidth: just 5 minutes of their time maybe once every two or three years.
Register with a REAL domain name registrar, such as www.register.com
, and buy the domain name from them, making them transfer it to your registrar. Prepare to be skinned alive, though.
Downgrade the account to the cheapest and smallest you can get and have them change the nameservers of the domain name to NS39.SECURENET-SERVER.NET and NS40.SECURENET-SERVER.NET.
Give up, threaten to cancel, and get a closely named moniker, like I did for "sixies.org" (using "sixies.net") through a REAL domain name registrar. MAYBE the threat will open up one of the above options.
I regret I won't be of any help: this is strictly between you, the customer, and your current webhoster. Regardless of what happens, chalk it up to experience and pay what it takes to get, and keep, REAL control of your future domain names: register your names with a domain name registrar that says they'll let YOU set your DNS settings and nameservers.