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Domain Name, DNS, & Name Server Configuration

Domain Names, DNS, & Name Servers

The exciting beginning of a new potentially successful competitive get paid to (GPT) site begins with choosing the right script (the software that produces everything your site members see and is what is behind all of the site functions)  If you are reading this page chances are you’ve already made the right decision to go with the long term leader in GPT site script technology – ShiftCode.  Yes, there are few other valid script choices out there but GPT sites built with other scripts are rarely as popular, intuitive to members, secure, innovative, and powerful as the original true ShiftCode GPT site script.

  1. DOMAIN NAME – Yes, every ShiftCode GPT site comes with it’s own sub-domain under the ShiftCode domain [yourgptsite.shiftcode.com] and yes your GPT site would be fully functional only using that sub-domain but is it wise to use this as your only site URL?  No.  To date we’ve never seen a fully successful, popular, and profitable site exist on the provided sub-domain only.
     
    It’s best to secure (purchase) your own top-level domain name from one of the many qualified domain registrars in the marketplace (GoDaddy, Domain.com, etc.)  We highly suggest you purchase a .COM domain name (for the sake of popularity and familiarity) but the script will function equally well with any domain name extension (it really comes down to your own preference.)
     
    TIP:  It is a good idea to always include your site’s ShiftCode sub-domain URL (link) in with your mass email signature so that it acts as a stand-by secondary site log-in point when/if your main domain name service should temporarily (rarely) go down (though always make your own top level domain the primary URL)
     
  2. DOMAIN NAME SERVERS (NS) – Once you have secured your desired domain name you’ll need to connect the domain name to the already running ShiftCode service by logging into your domain registrar domain manager and editing the name servers (sometimes expressed as a single word ‘nameservers’) to reflect the following six (6) entries exactly:
     
    ns1.shiftcode.com
    ns2.shiftcode.com
    ns3.shiftcode.com
    ns4.shiftcode.com
    ns5.shiftcode.com
    ns6.shiftcode.com
     
    Capitalization does not matter in this case.  If the domain name manager your registrar provides only shows two places to add name servers then you’ll need to add four more places (to equal six (6) name server entries total)  You will need to delete and replace the default (usually two) name servers that your domain name registrar provides.
     
    While you’re at it then don’t stop at the standard two name servers ns1.shiftcode.com and ns2.shiftcode.com  There are six name servers provided for a good reason.  If the two initial name servers are having technical difficulties for some reason (natural disaster, power outages, etc.) then you don’t want to be one of the only ShiftCode GPT admins that skimped on this step – with your site down.
      
    The hosting goes in the order of name servers provided.  If there is a problem with the first two servers then you want your site to naturally progress past ns2 to the other name servers until it finds a viable match with a well running machine (instead of your site simply going offline unnecessarily until the initial two servers are attended to.)
     
    This also is true for wise-guy hackers who somehow are entertained by launching DDoS (
    distributed denial of service) attacks on GPT sites.  The last time this happened years ago then ShiftCode spent thousands of dollars improving the server infrastructure in order to thwart such attacks.  Nowadays, it’s almost impossible to have a DDoS attack take down even one ShiftCode GPT site!
     
    Make sure the six name servers have been saved after you enter them.  In the end you’ll end up with a set up looking somewhat like this:
     

     
    After you have completed the above name server change on your domain name those changes will need to go through a process called ‘propagation’ before you will see your ShiftCode based site appear at your domain URL.  Propagation can take anywhere from an hour or two up to 48 hours.  ShiftCode has no control over this propagation process.  For more information about the global
    domain naming system and domain name servers then please click here (external Wikipedia link)
     
  3. Once your name server settings have taken hold and propagation is through then you should be able to surf over to your domain name in any browser and see your new fully functional (though needing configuration) ShiftCode GPT site showing with the default gray web site template like this below (YaY!):

    Troubleshooting: If it has been a minimum of at least 12 hours from the time you saved the new name servers on your domain name at your domain registrar and you are still not seeing anything other than an error while pointing your browser to your domain name then there are some things you can start doing to troubleshoot a problem if there is one (remember, the name server propagation may take up to 48 hours though it’s rare for it to actually take that long.)
     
    Domain server record propagation involves the process of your domain name registrar automatically notifying data centers worldwide of the existence of your new domain name and what servers will serve content to that domain name (name servers)  During propagation there may be times when certain countries or regions may have received the update (showing the site) while others may have not – it all takes time.
     
    – Check the WHOIS record – The WHOIS record is a public list of every domain name, its owner(s) and staff, and what name servers it is associated with.  There are many searchable WHOIS sites by many providers.  During domain propagation some WHOIS records may have been updated while others not (this is normal and it’s only a matter of time)  One troubleshooting option you have to check if things are going ok is to look up your domain name in the WHOIS record especially noting the name servers it shows (if it’s been a long time and the name servers are showing something other than the six ShiftCode servers (ns1.shiftcode.com, etc.) then go back and double check your name server settings with your domain name registrar.  Here are a few of our favorite WHOIS search locations: ICANN WHOIS GoDaddy WHOIS Database who.is
     
    – Check ShiftCode System Status Pages (though not likely an issue) – Another troubleshooting step that can be taken is to check the ShiftCode Client Portal for News & Information concerning Network Status and issues by logging in and going here: http://www.alisaholdings.com/billing/serverstatus.php  and also check this page: http://www.alisaholdings.com/billing/announcements.php  If there is an issue listed then it is most likely affecting many or all ShiftCode sites and it is know and being worked on (though situations like this are extremely rare as ShiftCode has an excellent uptime status history)
     
    NOTE: We will cover setting up email service a bit later in this documentation.