Register, configure, and manage your domain names like a pro!

Take Control of
Your Domain Names

Glenn Fleishman

Dealing with domain names can be perplexing, but networking expert Glenn Fleishman explains everything you need to know, including how domain names work and how to register, configure, and manage them. He also covers troubleshooting, changing your registrar and Internet hosts, and buying or selling a domain name.

This product has been discontinued.

We love this ebook, but we’ve been unable to market it effectively. Thus, in early 2013 instead of giving it a much needed refresh, we’ve decided to mark it as obsolete and to remove the buy button. With the appropriate sponsorship, we could be persuaded to re-make this ebook, so if you are the right person to make that happen, please get in touch!

Having your own domain name – like – is fun for individuals and essential for organizations, but the details of managing a domain name can be perplexing. Networking expert Glenn Fleishman demystifies the jargon and tells you everything you need to know, beginning with how domain names work behind the scenes. He then explains the best ways to decide upon and find an available domain name, register it, configure it with a DNS host, and use it for your Web site and email address. Additional sections cover using dynamic DNS; special problems and troubleshooting; explain how to change your registrar, DNS host, Web host, or email host; and offer tips for buying or selling a registered domain name.

Read this book to find answers to questions such as:

  • What can I do with a domain name?
  • How do I learn what domain names are available?
  • What features does a good registrar offer?
  • What is DNS and what should I do about it?
  • I hate my registrar. How can I switch to a new one?
  • What should I look for in a Web- or email-hosting service?
  • How can I run a Web server if my ISP gives me a dynamic IP address?
  • How do I set up an email service at my domain for family members without running my own mail server?
  • Help! My Web site is dead and I’m not getting email. What should I do?

Save money! A coupon at the end of the book gives new customers $10 off when registering (or transferring) a domain with easyDNS, the registrar and DNS hosting service that we recommend and use for the Take Control and TidBITS domain names.

"Take Control of Your Domain Names demystifies the arcane and Byzantine twists and turns of domain registries and the competitive registrar landscape. The mechanics of DNS, the dial tone of the Internet, is explained in easy-to-understand terms, using common real-world scenarios. The ebook should be required reading for IT managers, webmasters, consultants, and anybody else earning a living on the Internet."    —Mark Jeftovic, easyDNS founder

Glenn Fleishman

About Glenn Fleishman

Glenn Fleishman is a veteran technology writer who has contributed to dozens of publications across his career, including Macworld, Fast Company, and Increment. He has also written dozens of editions of books in the Take Control series. He spent 2019 and 2020 building 100 tiny type museums full of real printing artifacts. Glenn lives in Seattle with his wife and two children.

  • Read Me First
  • Introduction
  • Quick Start
  • Master Domains and Domain Roles
  • Find and Register a Domain Name
  • Set Up Your DNS Host
  • Host Your Services
  • Redirect Your Domain's Web Sites
  • Use Dynamic DNS
  • Move Your Domain Name
  • Troubleshooting
  • Appendix A: Tools for DNS Lookups
  • Appendix B: Sell a Domain Name
  • Appendix C: Top-Level Domains
  • Glossary
  • About This Book
  • easyDNS coupon
  • November 23, 2010 -- We've decided not to update this PDF. It would be a lot of work to complete the update, and overall sales of the title just aren't what they need to be to inspire an update. Perhaps in the future we'll find a corporate sponsor or some other way to revitalize the manuscript.