Take the 2-minute tour ×
Server Fault is a question and answer site for system and network administrators. It's 100% free, no registration required.

This is a dupe of a SO question. But I don't know if it involves setting a server config. How do I implement something like http://why.does.my.head.explode.net/? I want to do something like ytmnd where each url is a different user generated page. I might need something as simple as pointing to a directory so dirname.mysite.com will redirect to http_public/userGenContent/dirname/

Is this a server config? I plan to get Windows Server 2003 (for now) to host a ASP.NET project. How would I implement/setup a site like explode.net and ytmnd?

share|improve this question

1 Answer 1

up vote 2 down vote accepted

It is both network-, server- and application-related.

First of all, DNS: you need to have a wildcard record that maps *.yourdomain.com to the same IP address.

Second, web server: you need to define a wildcard site (or use the default web site, if the server does only that), so that IIS answers any request it receives whose host header ends with "yourdomain.com".

Third, application: you need to use a server-side application (written in your language of choice, ASP.NET is definitely ok) which parses the received request and shows the right content.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.