I finally finished off creating a graphical display of the 2nd. strategy which I've been using for some time on midnight12.com. If you prefer higher volumes of traffic this is the way to go - just be sure to select/register domains that are niche specific to the products you are selling.
You are free to modify the strategy as you please if you know any improvements by doing something different, remember to leave a comment if you want to share - in general it shows the first layer of domains and how to setup the DNS entries of each domain. Safe travels :)
First of all - thank you for visiting my blog and reading my posts. Midnight12.com seems to be running without big hickups and visitors are finding their way to the site, either by SE, feeders or with this blog. The system contains 3 factors, the server , the software and the website system. Here's a list of the server (also called hardware):
- SP-32 Server - Intel Xeon E3-1270v6 - 32GB DDR4 ECC 2400 MHz - SoftRaid 2x2TB - at OVH.
- Debian 8 prefered as Operative System.
- /var partition setup to RAID0 (remember to create backup and download it reguarly for your website, setting for each virtualhost in ISPConfig3).
- 8 extra IP adresses (DNS managed by domainseller, 1 IP for E-Mail, 8 IP for Website (9 IP in total).
This setup can be bought at a cheap price starting at around 60 euro monthly at my favorite hosting company OVH.
The server goes with 1Gbps upload (not capped) and 500Mbps download speed. It's including 6TB bandwidth (upload & download combined) per month - if you need extra traffic there are packages you can purchase (contact support).
To setup all this together takes time. Grab a cup of coffee, tea or chocolate first and then start with setting up the system... Click Read more to get details about how to setup the first steps of the system.
OK. So all together it seems I finally managed to build a website that looks pretty cool, design wize - and works flawless technically. The website is running on one dedicated server (midnight12.com). Platform is Joomla 3.1.0 running with some plugins and customized modules to make it all look good and jelly.
The template on the website is a customized version of protostar, default Joomla template. DNS is managed by Namecheap.com and consist of 1. A record 51.77.1XX.2XX, 2. CNAME www.midnight12.com. I use CNAME for the www part as its recommended by Google for best practises when running a website and if you want to keep away from duplicate content. Traffic is coming in and I do see some activity in regards to member registrations and visitors - so it turns out to be quite a nice project - I know from past projects that if one is consistant with updates and let the time pass some, the Search Engines and your visitors will thank you by keep coming back :-)
My best advice is to build a website towards the visitors and not to please the Search Engines, since it is your visitors that will be using your website. The SE´s are just a pleaser factor to make it easier for you to get settled and move on to different projects or to broaden your existing website with new and fresh content. Advertisements are going to be the next step for midnight12.com and I know exactly how that will turn out. Really fucking expensive, but alot of visitors to pay the bill by using my sponsors (affiliate programs I am using).
Here´s a screenshot for the people who are technical savvy.
Some music to start the day: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wKdOrFGojQE
Settled for a final solution. Instead of having to host the DNS myself, I'm going to use Namecheap´s DNS setup and get the traffic flow that way around. It also is more easy on the server and features DDoS attack protection aswell. A record for midnight12.com is @ 51.77.1XX.2XX, CNAME www.midnight12.com and a mail IP (mail.midnight12.com). It should be sufficient to keep everything running for that site. All the feeders are still running and more has been added. Did some traffic flow interventions as well on existing sites to conform with the new site as a new member of the family. Redirecting 404 traffic to midinight12.com now as well from some sites. Funny thing is that when mingling with the DNS it sometimes makes a burp and throws in another site of mine, as if it´s all floating in the air working together with references. Kind of funny. Cache maybe? Also discovered it with emails that if an email is catched from a site that does not have email setup, it forwards the email to the known owners primary email address. Crrrazy place this internet ;-) Oh well.. final music before bedtime: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_hzssKb9940
DNS server was installed and I had all domains put into the zone files. Seems there is a bug with ISPConfig3 and the bind9 DNS server which is being used together with ISPConfig3. Here's a small fix on how to get the DNS server running at all times. Please follow this link: https://bugs.debian.org/cgi-bin/bugreport.cgi?bug=744304#32 . If you're asking yourself where I get all my domains from, I can recommend Namecheap. They have all .tld extensions at fair price and has been working for me the past 12 years as registrar for all my international domains. A good idea is to enable two-factor authentication to make it harder for intruders to get their hands on your domains. The SMS arrives instantly. It would be a sad day if one day all my domains were gone alltogether ;-) They also provide you with free DNS servers together with your domain all neat setup in an easy to use web interface. Works pretty well out-of-the-box and they´re not penalized by Google or any other Search Engines around if you´re asking yourself that question. Sometimes it is even more simple just to use their services if it´s an add-on domain for a splash page.
I've been spending some time on Midnight12 with setting up DNS and getting everything ready to make the site possible. Perfect setup. One should figure that a tube is supposed to be uploaded to - but I stumbled into a problem considering upload and Cloudflare. They have a filesize limit for uploads making it impossible for me to keep using them because it's simply to small. 100MB (500MB with an Enterprise solution) doesn't even cover 5mins of video means I need to supply myself with DNS server. Good thing is that the server i purchased from OVH comes with everything: DNS, WWW, FTP, MySQL and all bells and whistles which basically means I can move from Cloudflare onto my own premises. Let's see how the site works when it has moved. I kinda got to like their statistics, but I have my own as well :-) I also finally tweaked Apache2, MySQL and PHP so the settings should be perfect for hosting a large amount of visitors daily. The problem occured while I was trying to upload larger videos, I simply could not understand why the server kept disconnecting/refusing connection after a few moments of uploading. I finally found the culprit and uploads work again.
Cloudflare maximum upload size:
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You don't need to buy any fancy software packages to do this job. It only takes few minutes and is really simple.
Insert lines according to this scheme:
You will run into privilege problems when saving the hosts file. Therefor copy the hosts file (copy+paste) onto your desktop and move it back into the folder again when you have done your editing.