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Re-directing Domain to another Domain Page via DNS Record A

Greetings MeFi, I come from old-days when re-directing web-pages and domains was done via one line of code. Now I am hearing this is best done by updating (A) record within DNS. However, I want the Domain to re-direct to a page within another domain, not root-domain itself. My confusion lies with this. The domain I wish to re-direct is not going to another root domain name, but rather --- a product page on that domain. So I don't want Domain 1 to simply re-direct to Domain 2. A tech-lead told me this is how re-direction is done but I am 99.9% still sure that DNS (A) record is simply for DOMAIN to DOMAIN, versus Domain re-direct to a page within another domain. Thanks for your help and tips! Much appreciated.
posted by bostonhill on Oct 26, 2016 - 4 answers

How would I know if my webcam had been infected by malware?

The news stories on Friday's attack on Dyn noted that devices from the "internet of things" has been infected by malware which was conscripting them to send requests to the DNS. Is there anyway I could know if devices which I own were infected? If they were is there anything I could do about it?
posted by gteffertz on Oct 23, 2016 - 7 answers

OK so site is down for just me: now what

Hellllllllp. The file sharing site I use for a job has been up and down all day, but now it's apparently "up", and I still can't access it. How can I get back in? I am on a SUPER URGENT HOLY SHIT deadline and this thing REALLY needs to get fixed. Like now. Things I have tried below the fold. [more inside]
posted by We put our faith in Blast Hardcheese on Oct 21, 2016 - 15 answers

anyone have experience with .law or other new-fangled TLDs?

I know the whole topic of acquiring a TLD can be fraught with interest; my question has more to do with what happens once you have it. I have a client interested in a .law domain. Has anyone run into problems with this TLD, either in dealing with registrars, DNS difficulties, or getting Microsoft hosted exchange or Google Apps working with it? [more inside]
posted by randomkeystrike on Oct 20, 2016 - 4 answers

Whatever dot local

I am getting some flaky activity with .local addresses on my LAN. I tell CUPS to print to ipp://computer-a.local:631 and it works some of the time, but takes about 15 minutes to print when it does. But as soon as I use a direct IP address, printing works great. What's the deal? Where should I look to start troubleshooting .local address issues? [more inside]
posted by circular on Apr 12, 2016 - 6 answers

Public or inexpensive whois lookup service

I have a several-thousand word set. I would like to check each word to see if a .com domain (or other TLD) name is available. The command-line whois binary throttles my scripted requests after about 10 searches. Is there a reasonably comprehensive whois service that is free or inexpensive, which I can query in scripted manner, via a command-line session?
posted by a lungful of dragon on Dec 22, 2015 - 14 answers

DNS / webhosting question

I have two sites. http://a.com/ and http://b.com/. Is it possible for me, without breaking a.com functionality, to have http://b.com/ display content that I have on http://a.com/foobar? [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on Dec 16, 2015 - 9 answers

Domain Name Impending Doom

A small organization registered a domain name several years ago, through Yahoo. They'd like to transfer it to a new registrar. However, the domain name was registered by someone who is no longer with the organization. That former employee registered using an email address which is no longer active, so no one (including former employee) can access the domain account or the email associated with it. Complicating things, the domain name will soon expire. How can the organization hold onto it?
posted by oulipian on Aug 24, 2015 - 5 answers

Using just www to bring up site when on campus network

Our university site used to be hosted on the campus servers. While it was there, people on the campus network were able to type just "www" and it would redirect to the full site. We've recently changed to hosting on wpengine, and now www brings up a 404 page. [more inside]
posted by korej on Jun 22, 2015 - 15 answers

Very odd DNS outcome

Hi. From inside my very plain vanilla home network (192.168.0.x) the fairly well-known blog site www.rachelstavern.com resolves to, which is the address of my own DSL router. When I try to follow a link to a page on rachelstavern.com I'm soon looking at my modem's internal setup page. What gives? A few more details inside. [more inside]
posted by jfuller on Jun 13, 2015 - 8 answers

How do I get my domains transferred when my registrar is kaput?

My domain name registrar appears to have gone belly-up and I still have my domains there. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Jun 11, 2015 - 4 answers

Catch-all email forwarding

I'd like to forward anything@mydomain to one address. This should be easy, shouldn't it? [more inside]
posted by roll truck roll on Apr 14, 2015 - 3 answers

How to find out who really owns a domain name?

Asking for a friend... A few years ago I registered $MY_FULL_NAME.com. I forgot to renew the registration a while back and it's been claimed by someone else. I'd like to get it back... [more inside]
posted by asterix on Feb 17, 2015 - 6 answers

DNS Headaches (difficulty level: D-Link)

My parents' DIR-655 router consistently starts dropping DNS queries around 24 hours after it's been restarted. What settings should I check? [more inside]
posted by GenericUser on Jan 4, 2015 - 11 answers

North Korea Internet Outages

As of this writing, North Korea has had two Internet outages in 48 hours. A lot of people seem to watch when Internet service goes down for countries and companies. But I don't recall anyone saying North Korea's Internet had gone down until within the last couple of days. Has anyone reported North Korea's Internet going down in the past?
posted by CollectiveMind on Dec 23, 2014 - 4 answers

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone?

Why is DNS lookup failing for both my computer and my smartphone when connected to public (library) wifi, when it is working for everyone else? [more inside]
posted by alligatorman on Dec 17, 2014 - 8 answers

What's the most official means of finding a DNS whois history?

This is a question about the integrity of DNS records in terms of historical accuracy. A friend of mine is an investigative journalist who's doing a critical reexamination of the Facebook origin story has come across something that doesn't quite make sense and he doesn't have the technical expertise to parse its meaning or lack thereof. [more inside]
posted by Partario on Oct 11, 2014 - 4 answers

DNS Woes. Redirects. Subdomains. A Name Records. Help!

I'm building a website for an awareness campaign for the New York chapter of a national non-profit. The new site will be hosted on my server. We're going to need a DNS redirect. [more inside]
posted by chocolatepeanutbuttercup on Oct 6, 2014 - 5 answers

Advice please on how to untangle or cut this domain name mess I created

This domain name mess (two domains in different TLDs, separate email with GAFB, Wordpress linked to one, Web site linked to other) developed over time. It's working (mostly) but as I plan for changes my skills seem lacking. Technical details and specific questions after the break. [more inside]
posted by forthright on Aug 3, 2014 - 6 answers

DNS not propagating

After adding a MX record, my domain's DNS isn't propagating. How can I fix this? [more inside]
posted by pakoothefakoo on Jan 30, 2014 - 6 answers

Can I easily configure a domain name that works locally and remotely.

I'm in the process of setting up a home server that I would like to be able to address by the same domain name ( www.whatever.org ) both from the outside world and from within my home network. Is there an easy way to do this? [more inside]
posted by metadave on Jan 20, 2014 - 5 answers

Changed domain name-servers. 4 days later seeing old site. How do I fix?

Updated a clients domain name-servers to new ones. Seeing the new site everywhere (EX: random starbucks, my house, on my phone). At the office, it's still showing the old site on every computer. I tried a DNS flush. Didn't work. How do I proceed from here?
posted by audio on Jan 19, 2014 - 8 answers

Open domains and business names for a mailing service?

I want to start a service that will put real letters into the mail via a website. I kind of prefer a meaningless name that is simple, unambiguous to spell, and memorable that would grow with the site, if it began to branch out into different areas. And of course, the domain should be open. Any ideas? [more inside]
posted by jsturgill on Jan 14, 2014 - 14 answers

internet problem/yellow exclamation mark/DNS pickle/woe is me

After a recent change in routers by my service provider it's taking a depressingly long amount of time to connect to the internet. I need a fix explained to me like I'm your grandmother's less computer savvy friend. Details henceforth. [more inside]
posted by hugandpint on Oct 11, 2013 - 4 answers

MX Servers / DNS Zone File question

I have a domain name hosted by GoDaddy. For a year or so now I've not had a website, I've just had some DNS settings which 1) routed my email to gApps using MX records and 2) allowed me to use Jabber through the domain name by pointing the XMBB [more inside]
posted by dance on Oct 9, 2013 - 5 answers


I recently sent my father (who lives in the Middle East) a Roku as a gift. Thing is, Rokus don't have any advanced networking options and we need to change his DNS in order to watch the programming he desires. The shitty modem/router that his ISP provides does not allow for changes to the DNS. It does, however, allow you to put in DDNS settings (screen shot here). Would altering the DDNS settings override the DNS settings in the router? While changing ones DNS to appear like they're in the US is easy, I have no idea what, if anything, should go in the boxes on the DDNS page of his router. Thanks.
posted by gman on Jul 18, 2013 - 12 answers

Renewing My Russian Domain Name

I have a russian (.ru) domain name I registered through nic.ru. Since the last time I paid they changed their payment processor and none of my credit cards work with the new one. I've talked to them, they've talked to the processor, I've talked to my card companies, but I can't pay them. Do you pay for Russian domains or make credit card payments to Russia? How can I renew this domain? [more inside]
posted by 23 on Jul 5, 2013 - 2 answers

DNS MX record oddity - Hostgator related

Can you explain why this IP address shows up with lookups for the MX records of these domains? [more inside]
posted by dukes909 on Mar 26, 2013 - 2 answers

Constant DNS lookup issues

Why do I have constant internet stability / DNS lookup issues on my laptop but not on my iPad etc.? [more inside]
posted by pravit on Jan 21, 2013 - 11 answers

A company in China is planning to use my company's trading name online... any advice?

A company in China is planning to use my company's name. What should I do? [more inside]
posted by davemee on Dec 20, 2012 - 5 answers

My boring ass internet connectivity problem

Seeking a more fulfilling relationship with my little box of internet. I have DNS troubles. Can you help diagnose them? [more inside]
posted by clavicle on Dec 17, 2012 - 6 answers

How to remove personal info from fraudulent DNS listings?

I've stumbled on a couple of internet domains registered in my name and contact information that I've got nothing to do with - not sure how to proceed. [more inside]
posted by jalexei on Oct 12, 2012 - 7 answers


GoDaddy.com is down, along with most domains that host with them or use their DNS services. Apparently due to an attack by Anonymous or an Anonymous member. I have a few questions about DNS. [more inside]
posted by syzygy on Sep 10, 2012 - 17 answers

Why can't I have DNS here, website there, and email somewhere else?

DNS here, website there, email somewhere else..is this possible? [more inside]
posted by bellastarr on Jun 26, 2012 - 9 answers

Reliable webmail service?

Can you recommend a reliable webmail service provider that I can use my domain name with? [more inside]
posted by helios410 on May 7, 2012 - 14 answers

Why is my computer refusing to connect to the internet?

AskMefi, my computer is suddenly refusing to connect to the internet. I'm starting to go a little bit nuts. [more inside]
posted by fight or flight on Mar 23, 2012 - 13 answers

Help me find a better way to combine mail for multiple domains i one inbox.

I have two domain names and a Gmail account, and I'm looking for the best way to combine them all so all my email ends up in one place. [more inside]
posted by nowonmai on Mar 8, 2012 - 17 answers

Diagnostics for internet connection

Help me to remember a website that has an excellent internet connection/protocol tester. [more inside]
posted by aloiv2 on Mar 2, 2012 - 5 answers

PPP dialup, dynamic DNS and Teamviewer

Dynamic DNS services, PPP dialup and remote support for a technologically un-savvy relative. [more inside]
posted by thewalrus on Feb 8, 2012 - 12 answers

dns settings questions

I have a profile hosted by a social media site that I would like to customize with a personal domain. The directions involve me changing my domain's A record to a certain IP, but my IT guy says that doing so will screw up the other domains that are hosted in my family's all-inclusive account. Why? [more inside]
posted by These Birds of a Feather on Jan 31, 2012 - 12 answers

Why is my DSL connection so much worse on my Mac?

Why is my DSL connection so much worse on my Mac? [more inside]
posted by Mid on Jan 8, 2012 - 14 answers

Is my ISP throttling my connection?

I'm in need of advice to determine why I never get close to the download speeds I'm paying for. [more inside]
posted by medarby on Oct 24, 2011 - 14 answers

What's wrong with my domain?

My website's domain is not resolving after ≈60 hours. The test link from the hosting service is working fine. The nameservers are correctly assigned over at my registrar. What gives? [more inside]
posted by Scientist on Oct 17, 2011 - 12 answers

Different home/away DNS servers

My wireless router's DNS server is always kinda borked for some reason. Google's DNS works great. However, when I connect from campus, Google DNS doesn't work, but the campus DNS servers are fine with me. Is there any way I can tell my Windows 7 computer with one wireless adapter to use different settings for this depending on what wireless network I'm on? (The home DNS does return results, it just periodically starts thinking that Google is Yahoo, Sourceforge is Bing, other such weirdness.)
posted by gracedissolved on Sep 12, 2011 - 6 answers

And 1

What can I do to determine if I have a bad domain registration situation? [more inside]
posted by cloeburner on Jul 27, 2011 - 6 answers

Email and DNS servers - how does it work?

I am in the process of changing my web hosting service. I have a bunch of questions about what's going to happen to my email. [more inside]
posted by rubbish bin night on Jul 27, 2011 - 5 answers

I think the Internet hates my DNS server's new IP address.

I run my own DNS. Recently, I moved the DNS server to a new IP block. I meticulously changed all the zone files. Months later, phantom traces of one of the old IP addresses still linger in the public DNS at times. Unfortunately, that one IP address is the address of my DNS server itself. Help! [more inside]
posted by CommonSense on Jul 17, 2011 - 4 answers

Object moved to here?

What the heck is going on with my web access today? DNS issues? Mysteries within... [more inside]
posted by caution live frogs on Jul 14, 2011 - 7 answers

DNSSEC delegation via Network Solutions

DNSSEC delegation via Network Solutions: is it possible? How about other registrars? [more inside]
posted by hattifattener on May 22, 2011 - 4 answers

Switch host with least downtime?

DNS with 1and1. Hosting with HostPC. Something weird happened with my hosting account on Friday. I received a spike in traffic that suspended my account. They got it working again, but only partially. Email is still out of service after a few days. They say they're working on it, but I don't know how hard, and I can't risk being without it for much longer, so I'm considering now just switching hosts instead of waiting for HostPC to fix the issue. What host can I switch to that will propagate the fastest and have my email up and working as quickly as possible? 1and1 because I'm also doing DNS with them, or am I better off with someone else? Thanks for any help. [more inside]
posted by grammalvsu on May 8, 2011 - 6 answers

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