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How to set up your custom domain and look like a website pro

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Learn Enough Custom Domains to Be Dangerous is a free tutorial that shows you how to host your website at example.com instead of at example.someoneelsesdomain.com—in other words, at a domain you control and that no one can ever take away. Bonus subjects include custom email addresses and website analytics.

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The Learn Enough All Access Bundle includes the entire Learn Enough introductory sequence and the full Ruby on Rails Tutorial. That’s over 2500 pages of book content and 53 hours of video that teaches you enough Command Line, Text Editor, Git, HTML, CSS & Layout, JavaScript, and Ruby to be dangerous, along with a comprehensive introduction to building profession-grade web applications with Ruby on Rails.

All bundles include the course version of all the tutorials (streaming video, exercise answers, and progress tracking), and access to the Learn Enough society to get help if you need it

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Basics of the domain name system

How those .com names actually work

You may or may not know this, but when you open up your browser and type in the address of a site like google.com, you aren’t actually entering a real address where the Google server can be found. Instead google.com can be thought of more as a screen name that is an easier way to get to Google’s web services than if you had to remember the real machine address… which for us at the time of writing this, in the geographic location we’re connecting from, is 172.217.4.174.

This first section teaches you about what is actually happening in the background any time that you go to a website so that you can expand your technical sophistication.

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Buying a domain name

Step-by-step instructions

It’s pretty hard to configure a custom domain unless you actually have one, so our first step is to register one!

Domain names have to be registered through an authorized registrar, and there are a bunch of them. You’ve may even have seen some of their bad commercials on TV. We'll walk you through how to actually get yourself a piece of internet real-estate so that you too can have your own little slice of the internet.

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DNS management

Configuring your domain name

Now that you own a domain name, you need to know how to associate that name with your sites' servers. In this chapter, we’ll set up a service called Cloudflare that will provide you with easy DNS management, SSL support for setting up a secure connection to your site, edge caching to make the site’s content easy to access across the world, and protection against distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks. By the end, you will have configured your custom domain to associate with both static websites located at GitHub Pages, and learn how to make the same association for dynamic web applications deployed at Heroku.

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Custom email addresses

Get mail at your domain

Everyone uses email, but few know how it works. Ultimately, the system is surprisingly simple—email is really just plain text documents being sent back and forth with a little extra data needed to make things work.

The section teaches you a little about email protocol, and provides step-by-step instructions on how to use Google’s G Suite to support custom email addresses at your domain. The end result will be the ability to receive email at [email protected]

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Add site analytics

See who is coming to your site

Google Analytics is probably the most useful free service that Google has for the owners of websites and web applications. By adding just a tiny little snippet of code to your site, you can have Google track not just how many people are visiting your site, but also the browser and operating system they are using, whether they are on desktop or mobile, how they found your site, how long they stayed on your site, which pages they viewed, which page they left your site from… and a lot more.

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I have been trying to learn web development and programming on and off for the past 3 years and your website is the first one that I feel does the job right.

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Just bought the new ebook and want to say keep up the great work!! The Learn Enough to Be Dangerous series re-ignited my desire to code after 10+ years of “meh”.

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The Learn Enough Society and the courses are incredible. It’s the best value in the market of online courses in my opinion. Like you say, it’s learning to tech, which is very useful in our world.

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I just meant to tell you: your tutorial books from the Learn Enough series are awesome! The books are well-written, clear, concise, super-useful, and even fun to read. Thank you so, so much for this! I have bought the first three and will buy whatever you publish next. Keep up doing this very good work and thanks again.

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Have been following the whole “Learn Enough to Be Dangerous” series and am VERY impressed with it. I am a project manager who works with software developers daily. These sessions have provided me with a huge amount very useful information, to the extent that I now not only understand what the dev guys are talking about, but am starting to use the tools (command line, Git, etc.) that they use.

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Michael Hartl is one of the best educators around when it comes to web development. I have been following him for a long time, and everything he produces is top quality. If you are looking for a quick way to become a thorough and productive professional web developer, Hartl’s books are a great place to start.

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Hi, my name is Philip, and I’m a beginning learner of web development. I’ve dabbled in small ways in Ruby/Rails for about a year and a half. Occasionally, I write ruby scripts to solve problems at my job. I also dabble in learning: JavaScript, Ember, more Ruby/Rails, brief intro readings into Scala.

I’ve tried Codeschool, Codecademy, and I’ll stop there, so you don’t spend the next 3 hours reading all the different learning resources I’ve tried.

Ruby on Rails Tutorial (Rails 5) is undoubtedly, the most effective and educational resource I’ve ever come across when it comes to learning anything about web development or writing any code on any level.

Here’s what you seem to understand that everyone else just gets wrong: There’s a big spectrum between the very beginner basics: declaring variables, to voodoo, magical, incantational trickery of witchcraft, like building your own web server.

Almost all tutorials make this mistake. The first couple “lessons” are good for people who don’t even have a clue what computer programming is and then suddenly, there’s a big jump to what seem to be concepts that only seasoned developers have mastered.

Thanks for such a great, educational guide in Ruby on Rails.

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About the Authors
Michael-hartl

Michael Hartl

Michael Hartl is the creator of the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, one of the leading introductions to web development, and is cofounder and principal author at Learn Enough. Previously, he was a physics instructor at the California Institute of Technology (Caltech), where he received a Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Teaching. He is a graduate of Harvard College, has a Ph.D. in Physics from Caltech, and is an alumnus of the Y Combinator entrepreneur program.

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Lee Donahoe

Learn Enough cofounder Lee Donahoe is an entrepreneur, designer, and front-end developer. In addition to doing the design for Learn Enough, Softcover, and the Ruby on Rails Tutorial, he is also a cofounder and front-end developer for Coveralls.io, a leading test coverage analysis service, and is tech cofounder of Buck Mason, a men’s clothing company once featured on ABC’s Shark Tank. Lee is a graduate of the University of Southern California, where he majored in Economics and studied Interactive Multimedia & Technologies.

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