Thursday, June 18, 2009

femulate.org is not equal to www.femulate.org

For some reason, http://femulate.org is not the same as http://www.femulate.org. Entering the URL without "www." should get you here, but it does not.

I am trying to solve this technical difficulty, but have been unsuccessful so far. So don't use the shortcut until I sort this thing out.

5 comments:

  1. Staci,

    This is what I found on your domain name DNS listing:

    femulate.org 1A 216.21.239.197

    This in theory should allow anyone just using the femulate.org URL to go right to your site. They don't appear to have the www listed, whihc may be a hidden default.

    My technique is to use two records in your DNS table:

    1. an "A" record pointing your domain to the IP address of your server. i.e. ginkomedia.com A 208.85.148.143 - this should allow you to just type in the domain and go right to the site.

    2. set up a "CNAME" record pointing to your domain. i.e. www.ginkomedia.com CNAME ginkomedia.com - this supports the www.URL

    One other thing to look at would be the hosting server, which for the blog site.

    I also just noticed that your domain information does not seem to be propogating properly. Verio and dotster do not have your records in ther "whois" database, while godaddy and register.com do have your records.

    In any event, register.com looks to be who needs to fix this. I hope this helps!

    BTW: I absolutely loved hearing about your trip to New York. It looks like you had a fabulous time!

    Hugs,

    Linda

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  2. Linda --- Thank you for the information. Hopefully, I will be able to fix the problem using what you gave me.

    And, yes, I had a fab time in NYC.

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  3. I forgot to mention - that Ginkomedia site I found is really neat! It allows you to do rich media messaging to pretty much anyone. I was trying to figure out how I could use it for my blog which I haven't touched in months and months . . . ;-(

    Linda

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  4. Staci,

    When I looked into your domain problem I took the approach of doing an nslookup command for both www.femulate.org and femulate.org. This is what I got:

    C:\>nslookup www.femulate.org
    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name: ghs.l.google.com
    Address: 74.125.47.121
    Aliases: www.femulate.org, ghs.google.com


    C:\>nslookup femulate.org
    Non-authoritative answer:
    Name: femulate.org
    Address: 216.21.239.197

    I believe that the problem is that www.femulate.org is an alias of the ghs.l.google.com domain, i.e., there is a cname DNS record in the google.com DNS that makes DNS think that ghs.l.google.com and www.femulate.org are the same machine.

    When I did a whois command on the femulate.org domain at register.com this is what I found:

    Domain ID:D152909722-LROR
    Domain Name:FEMULATE.ORG
    Created On:05-Jun-2008 17:11:23 UTC
    Last Updated On:15-Jun-2009 11:37:09 UTC
    Expiration Date:05-Jun-2010 17:11:23 UTC
    Sponsoring Registrar:Register.com Inc. (R71-LROR)
    Status:CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED
    Registrant ID:3167385b4cb4f115
    Registrant Name:Domain Discreet
    Registrant Organization:ATTN: femulate.org
    Registrant Street1:Avenida do Infante 50
    Registrant Street2:
    Registrant Street3:
    Registrant City:Funchal
    Registrant State/Province:Madeira
    Registrant Postal Code:9004-521
    Registrant Country:PT
    Registrant Phone:+361.19027495331
    Registrant Phone Ext.:
    Registrant FAX:
    Registrant FAX Ext.:

    This tells me that the owner of this domain opted not to share information publicly from a whois query. It appears that the domain was registered in June 2008. Is that when you registered it? The address information being in Portugal is troubling but it could be that register.com is located in Portugal.

    I hope this helps. It has been a while since I had to use these skills.

    Colleen

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  5. Thank you all for your comments. Register.com fixed it quickly after I asked them about the problem.

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