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Wildcard DNS on Godaddy

by Jason GreenJanuary 19, 2010

Wild Card DNS is easy on Godaddy.

Under “Take Total DNS Control”

create a new “A NAME” Record

Like this:

– Domain: *
– IP: 123.123.123.123 (but use the IP of the server, but you knew that)

But wait! There are a couple of things to consider:

  1. You MUST use the “Deluxe” hosting plan
  2. You MUST Purchase a “Dedicated IP Address”
  3. You SHOULD use PHP5 (not 4)

Failure to get a Dedicated IP Address will result in getting this Message:

Forbidden

You don’t have permission to access / on this server.

Additionally, a 403 Forbidden error was encountered while trying to use an ErrorDocument to handle the request.


Apache/1.3.33 Server at AppStuff Port 80
The reason is that without the dedicated IP Address, that IP would resovle to a number of domain that you don’t manage. You “Share” the ip with others, so that won’t work here. You have to have a static IP.
Why would someone want wildcard DNS? Supposed you wanted to install WordPress-Mu for example? It allows you to create blogs as sub-domains. (Like http://jason.green.cx and secret.green.cx even the root blog can be a different site)
Or you could do like Milo at http://darkolivegreen.milov.nl/ (http://AnyColor. milo.nl  will show you information about any specific color, or hex value)
Some URL Shorteners use the subdomain part for the address, like http://r4d.us has it in the works to do http://url.r4d.us
Sky’s the limit, so have some fun with this DNS Trick!
About The Author
Jason Green
The writer and owner of Green Complex, Jason is an A+ Certified for Computer Hardware egghead and Eagle Scout since 1999 but has been building computers and programming for much longer. An enthusiast to say the least, his hobbies also include photography, video games, and reading. See his proficiencies on Smarterer.

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