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Run a web server on a different port

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Updated May 2, 2017


This article describes how to run a web server on a different port. When configuring a web server, you should always have the option to select the port number you want the web server to listen on. In some cases, ISPs block traditional ports, such as port 80. In this case, you need to configure your web server to listen on a different port.


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In the following example, you will see an installation of Xeneo Web Server (© 2002-2014   Extiris, LLC, available at, obtained on May 2, 2017) that is currently set up to run on port 8080.

In order for a web browser to connect to this server, you have to specify the port number as a part of the URL, such as, because web browsers assume that everything is on port 80 otherwise. However, this is not necessary when using DNS4Me (© 2014, available at, obtained on May 2, 2017) because it can perform this redirect for you. To enable this redirect, perform the following:

  1. Browse to the "Online Settings" dialog in your DNS4Me client.
  2. At the bottom, select the "Enable Web redirects for www subdomain" and "Redirect to alternate port."
  3. Enter the alternate port number you have set up your HTTP server on (default is 8080).
DNS4Me Port Redirect

When you go to (if you have a DNS4Me subdomain) or (if you have a primary domain), DNS4Me will automatically redirect the HTTP request to the alternate port number.


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