Do I Have To Register My Domain Name
No, you don't. This is totally up to you. If you prefer to avoid the expense, we'll simply give you a "subdomain" name that hangs off our own domain name, in this format:
What Does It Cost To Register A Domain Name?
This depends on who you get to register your domain name, and in which "TLD" the domain name is located. If you get us to register your domain name, we will do it "at cost", meaning you pay only what it costs us to register it with the proper naming authorities - you get the actual registration service free. Currently, domain names in the traditional COM, NET, and ORG domains costs $70 (US) for a two-year period, then $35 (US) per year afterwards. See the InterNIC site for all the details.
There are new TLD's available, based on mostly-unused country codes. For example, our previous domain name was GaryNumanFan.NU, which is part of the ".nu" TLD (Top Level Domain). This is assigned to the country Niue, but is available for use by anybody for $65 US (two years). See the Nu NIC site for more information.
Can You Transfer My Domain Here?
Yes. If you've registered a domain, chances are good you've already got it hosted by another ISP or web presence provider. If you registered it yourself, you'll need to get in touch with the naming authority in order to change your domain information so that the rest of the internet knows you've moved here. You can give me your information and I can arrange to have this done as well. If you choose to do this yourself, you will need to tell the naming authority about the primary and secondary name servers that will be responsible for your site. They are:
valen.garynuman.info - IP 188.8.131.52
sinclair.garynuman.info - IP 184.108.40.206
If you had your ISP handle the registration for you, it may be difficult to change the registration without their help. Check with your ISP to find out exactly what the procedures are to "release" to another ISP.
Please note: If the domain you want us to transfer is a country-code domain (ie: .ca for Canada, .ie for Ireland, etc.), bear in mind that some of these domains have residency requirements and we may be unable to host your domain from our Canadian-based server. We'll do our best.
Do You Support FrontPage 98?
Yes, although this is still somewhat experimental. It should be noted that when the question "do you SUPPORT FrontPage 98" is asked, this generally means "do you have a server with FrontPage 98 extensions installed?" The answer to this is "yes". If you're experienced with FrontPage 98 and know exactly what you're doing, I'll go ahead and flip the "on" switch for your site. Don't expect a ton of help from me, though - FrontPage does weird, non-standard things and what SHOULD work sometimes doesn't. ;-)
Can I Run CGI Scripts On Your Server?
Yes. Bear in mind, though, that unless you've written your scripts yourself, most scripts out there are designed with Unix in mind. We're running on a Windows NT platform here. I have successfully managed to get several Unix-made scripts to run here, including a rather impressive BBS system over on the AFE site. Check to see if the script provider makes a "Windows NT port" of the script available. Of particular concern are scripts that make calls to the "sendmail" command to send email - we don't have sendmail, but we have something SIMILAR but which requires a different programming approach.
I will offer my help in getting your scripts set up if they don't run right "out of the box". This is on a time-permitting basis: I work a full-time job and this will be done in my spare time. If I get a lot of requests, then things will take a while to get done. If you're going to be monkeying around with Perl scripts, it's best that you do a bit of reading up on the subject first. I expect you to have at least a rudimentary idea of what you're doing prior to installing scripts on our server.
We have a Hit Counter all ready to install on your site, if you request it. See the Hit Counter FAQ for all the details.
We reserve the right to remove scripts that are causing unnecessary drain on system resources and/or that are misbehaved or badly programmed.
Where Do I Upload My Files?
When you sign up, you'll be given a userid and password for your own FTP service. You will need to connect one of these hosts:
Depending, of course, on how your domain is set up.
You are NOT PERMITTED to give away your userid and/or password. This server is for your use only, for uploading your files into your alloted hard disk space. You are not free to sell or give away any portion of these resources. See the Terms Of Service for more information.
However, you *ARE* permitted to allow "anonymous FTP" access to your FTP site, and all websites will be set up to allow this unless you request otherwise.
Will You Add A Link To My Site?
Absolutely - in fact, unless you tell us not to, we'll do this as a matter of course.
Do I Have To Link Back To You?
No. But it'd be nice if you did. :-) We don't offer any type of bonus system for people who do add such a link, so it's really up to you. Such a link, though, is encouraged, particularly if you've signed up for a NumanFan account. We're trying to create a sense of community here, and such links help foster this.
We've even got a couple of buttons that you can use to link back to us, if you choose to do so:
What MIME Types Does Your Server Support?
All of 'em. :-) In fact, most of the popular ones should be preconfigured, but there may be some that you need that aren't set up properly. If your users are using Internet Exploder, it's been my experience that it won't matter. However, some of your users will be using Netscape Communicator, and this browser tends to be somewhat pickier about having the correct MIME types set up. Suffice it to say, if a MIME type that you need is not set up on your web server, simply let us know and we'll make all the arrangements.
If you're not sure what we're talking about: if you put a file on the server and then attempt to download it with your web browser, and instead of getting the file you get a screen full of gibberish, then the chances are good that the MIME type is not set properly. Get in touch with me and tell me what the filename EXTENSION is, what type of file it is, and where I can find more information on the program that needs to use it.
What About RealAudio?
Your web server should handle streaming RealMedia files just fine over the HTTP transport system. And, indeed, this is really all you'll need if you're just serving up a few files here and there. However, if you want to be able to serve SureStream streams or even a live broadcast, then you'll need to access our RealMedia server at:
For more information on how this is done, see the RealServer FAQ.
Are You Some Kind Of Weird Babylon 5 Fan?
Heh heh... ya noticed that, huh? The answer is yes. Most of the hostnames on our little network are named after people, places, and things from the award-winning television series "Babylon 5". This includes the references to "valen", "sinclair", and "stellarcom" on this page. Other names we've used to date include "babcom" (the email server), "ivanova" (our backup system), and "gkar" (my own personal workstation - G'Kar is the coolest character on the show).
Can I Sublet My Web Space?
No. If someone else wants space on the server, they are free to purchase their own account. However, you *ARE* free to sell email addresses, your unused ones and/or additional ones that you purchase. See the Email FAQ for more on this.
I Have A Question That Isn't On This List.
No problem. Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org and I'll try to answer your question as best I can.