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Okay, I'm thinking about hosting my own DNS/Domain name at home for a minecraft server I'm making for a professional IP address (like myservername.example). To my understanding, this is possible? If I provide the servers for my domain name, then I don't have to register it, therefore not having to pay for it? (I think) that I have to host a DNS server for this? I don't know too much about this, obviously, but I'm willing to learn if I can host my own domain name for "free" (without having to register it, obviously hosting servers @ home will cost me $$$). Right now I have my static IP address tethered to a .tk domain name for free, but I'd like to have a .com or.net domain name w/o paying someone else to host it. If this is possible, can anyone push me in the right direction to get started? Also correct me if anything I said is incorrect.

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  1. Host a DNS server at home, set it up so the domain points to your static IP. Maybe use https://www.virtualmin.com/ for this, makes life much easier.
  2. Register a .com domain (this will cost you $, see for example https://tld-list.com/tld/com) and tell them to set your DNS for it.
  3. Pay for power which your server consumes ;)
  • So there is no possible way to have a custom domain name w/o paying for it? If so, why is this? I'm just curious 0_o – Mekrou Jun 29 at 17:35
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    @Mekrou There has to be a registry for domains where you can for example check whether a domain is already taken. Otherwise you could assign google.com to your IP address. – Tony Stark Jun 29 at 17:37
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    Ahhh. That makes sense. Don't know why I didn't think of that. Sorry for being such a noobie, we all start from somewhere! – Mekrou Jun 29 at 17:39
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It's perfectly possible to host a website using your own 'infrastructure'. If you want a .com domain name, you will need to register it, and that's not going to be free. (10 to 15€ a year)

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