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I've recently registered a domain name with and forwarded it to my web server's IP address. Now when I enter the domain name in my browser, my site appears as expected.

The strange part is, when I ping the domain name, another IP address appears. Is this normal? I would expect it to resolve to my web server's address. Is there anyway to make it resolve that way?

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I'm not sure why someone voted down my question. If it doesn't seem clear enough, I'd be happy to clarify it. It seems rude to vote it down without an explanation. – ks78 Feb 3 '11 at 3:52
Probably the down voter misunderstood the question. Godaddy can forward the web access to another domain/IP. – ringø Feb 3 '11 at 3:55
@poige Please review the FAQ, there is no such thing as a simple question. Since SF and SE uses Google as the home page, and there is honestly no such thing as a lame question. There are badly phrased questions, but those are handled by 3K users and above. – BinaryMisfit Feb 3 '11 at 6:46
@Diago Your opinion is clear; mine is as well, I hope. – poige Feb 3 '11 at 7:05
@poige Not at all. I think yours was rude and uncalled for. There is a simple rule on SE, be nice. The question was valid, the user had a problem, he wanted and answer on a question 100% in the scope of ServerFault. – BinaryMisfit Feb 3 '11 at 7:51
up vote 6 down vote accepted

If you require the registrar (godaddy) to forward your domain, godaddy will redirect the web access from a domain to your IP.

Client ===> Godaddy ===> You

Godaddy acts as an intermediate between the client and you.

If you want to bypass godaddy, the client has to initially resolve your domain as your IP. So the change must occur at the DNS level.

If godaddy takes care of resolving your domain (and subdomains), as it is likely to be, you have to edit your DNS settings with the Godaddy interface.
Edit the A field for @ (your domain name) and for www for instance ( that have to point to your IP address.

See Adding or Edit A records in the Godaddy help.

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how is this technical? It's not – poige Feb 3 '11 at 3:59
@poige The difference between a HTTP redirect and DNS resolution is not technical? What is your problem: almost half of your votes are negative - don't you think you could encourage well made answers, rather than down voting the ones you don't understand? – ringø Feb 3 '11 at 4:03
"See Adding or Edit A records in the Godaddy help." is not the difference. – poige Feb 3 '11 at 4:16

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