Host for free - ZA NIC, EveryDNS and Google Apps

Had another look at this question of hosting for free, and here is the step by step guide for hosting using .za.net for free.

DNS Hosting:

First we need to check if the domain is available. Surf on over to http://www.za.net and use the Whois tool to check availability. If you've found one that is availble, surf on over to http://www.everydns.com and add the new domain. A placeholder will be created, leave this for now.

Now go back to http://www.za.net and register your new domain. If all went right, you should get a mail from za.net to confirm registration. They do not send any notification and it took 4 working days. You can monitor the progress under "queue status".

Google Apps Hosting:

Please Note: I jump through these steps, put please read the notices carefully so you understand what you do and do not get.

Now we register with Google. Surf on over to http://www.google.com/a/ and select "See details and sign up" and then "Standard edition".

Ensure you select administrator and now enter the domain that you registered wit ZA NIC. On the next page, enter all the details and use an existing e-mail address. The next screen will have you create the first administrators account for your new domain.

Next we "Verify domain ownership". Select this option and select "Change your CNAME record". Now copy the CNAME detail into your EveryDNS.net domain. Now we wait. When Google has confirmed that the domain is yours, all the features will come online.

You now need to add some more CNAME's and MX's in EveryDNS.net:

Host
Type
Value
MX
TTL

docs.domain.za.net
CNAME
ghs.google.com

3600

googleuniquenumber.domain.za.net
CNAME
google.com

3600

mail.domain.za.net
CNAME
ghs.google.com

3600

sites.domain.za.net
CNAME
ghs.google.com

3600

domain.za.net
MX
aspmx.l.google.com
10
3600

domain.za.net
MX
alt1.aspmx.l.google.com
20
3600

domain.za.net
MX
alt2.aspmx.l.google.com
20
3600

domain.za.net
MX
aspmx2.googlemail.com
30
3600

domain.za.net
MX
aspmx3.googlemail.com
30
3600

domain.za.net
MX
aspmx4.googlemail.com
30
3600

domain.za.net
MX
aspmx5.googlemail.com
30
3600

www.domain.za.net
CNAME
parked.everydns.net

3600


Please note:
- I do not work for Google, ZA NIC or EveryDNS so cannot be held resposable for issues with them. Personally I've not had any issues with them.
- Please confirm all DNS settings in your Google Apps Dashboard. Go into each application and change the URL.)
Host for free - ZA NIC, EveryDNS and Google Apps Host for free - ZA NIC, EveryDNS and Google Apps Reviewed by Johan Els at Who-Els.co.za on May 04, 2009 Rating: 5

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