Services »Services For Groups »Domain Name Hosting

VCN provides groups with a sub-domain (eg. vcn.bc.ca/yourgroup or yourgroup.vcn.bc.ca for WebGUI installations) as part of its standard package of services. However, some groups prefer to register their own domain name (eg. yourgroup.com).

If you want your own domain name, you’ll need to pay for registering it with a domain-name registration company.

Note: You must buy your domain name from a third party before we can host it.

Once you’ve bought your domain name, VCN can host it for non-profit groups for the .bc.ca.ca,.net.org and .com top-level domains. While there is no charge for VCN to host registered domain names, we do ask for donations that helps us to continue providing all of our services.

Community Groups wishing to have VCN host their domain name must register for a VCN non-profit group account. Also, included in this service are up to 10 email accounts.

Step-by-step Instructions

  1. Sign Up your organization for a VCN Group Account
  2. Buy a domain name from a domain name registrar (Webnames, GoDaddy, Namecheap, etc.). Charges vary for registering domains, and the group is responsible for paying these fees and maintaining the account with the registrar.
  3. Fill out the form below. You will receive an automatic reply to confirm VCN has successfully received the application.
    Organization Name:*
    VCN organization username:*
    Administrative Contact Person:*
    Domain Name:*
    Phone:*
    -
    E-mail:*
  4. Register email accounts and set up your web site. For groups switching from another web site or email hosting company to VCN, this must be done prior to the points below. Otherwise, there will be a disruption in service. Your email will be undeliverable or your web site will be unavailable.
  5. Change the nameservers for your domain to point to the VCN’s nameservers. There should be a web-based facility for doing this where your domain is registered. This information can take 48 hours to propagate. The VCN nameservers are the following:
    1. Primary nameserver:
      • Hostname: ns1.vcn.bc.ca
      • IP Address: 207.102.64.1
    2. Secondary nameserver:
      • Hostname: ns2.vcn.bc.ca
      • IP Address: 207.102.64.2

If you have questions regarding this service please call the HelpDesk at 778-724-0826 extension 0.