Wildcard DNS on Godaddy

Wild Card DNS is easy on Godaddy.

Under “Take Total DNS Control”

create a new “A NAME” Record

Like this:

– Domain: *
– IP: (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:


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!


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