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Chapter 8. Administering Sitespring > Editing the Server Setup

Editing the Server Setup

For Sitespring to work correctly, you must configure values related to the server's host name or IP address and the application port number. Computers on the Internet locate each other via each machine's IP address, a unique string of 12 digits that you can think of as the computer's street address on the Internet. Since people don't like having to remember or type such a long number, the Domain Name System (DNS) relates a computer's IP address to a more human-friendly host name (Figure 8.15). A fully qualified host name—one that is valid on the Internet—must include the name of the machine and the domain in which it resides. For example, www.macromedia.com is the fully qualified host name of the www host in the macromedia.com domain (Figure 8.16). It's beyond the scope of this chapter to explain the DNS system; there are entire books dedicated to it. The bottom line is you'll need an assigned static IP address for the Sitespring server's machine or a DNS name for the machine that will work with both normal and client users' machines.

Figure 8.15. Each time your computer accesses a machine over the Internet, the IP address is determined.



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