Originally posted by danimaldaisy
make sure they do not block incoming requests to port 80 or you will never have a website capable of being spidered by the search engines. just like the last gentlemen said it points to you're ip but also to port 80 and there is no workaround for this.
Actually, there is a work around for this. www.no-ip.org
. They will do port redirecting. Earthlink used to block port 80. I configured apache to serve my site on port 8080. I used a port redirection from NO-IP that maps to http://my_ip_addr:8080/
. The other beauty about no-ip is you do not need a static ip. they provide a program that you run locally on your server and at set time intervals it checks you current IP against the IP your URL maps to. If they are different, it updates the mapping. works flawlessly for me.
Don't worry, my site is hit by search engines all of the time.
(PS - This is all FREE
(as in beer), by the way!)