OutWorlds now supports free DNS services, easy region creation

OutWorldz has released a beta version of the DreamWorld OpenSim installer for home-based mini-grids — it now supports  free DNS services like No-IP, DuckDNS, and and Dynu and allows people to easy add regions to their grids.
The free DNS support means that users aren’t stuck with a numeric hypergrid address — and don’t have to pay for their own domain name, OutWorldz owner Fred Beckhusen told Hypergrid Business.
Fred Beckhusen
“The IP addresses of home routers change often, which breaks landmarks and breaks your friendships,” said Beckhusen. “A DNS name costs money to register each year, and companies such as No-IP offer dynamic DNS services that change the DNS system around dynamically to match your ever-changing IP address.”
Other users will also be able to find the grid by searching for the domain name, he added.
“If you click the ‘make it public’ switch, then your sim will appear in an online destination guide I am working on,” he said.
The new release also supports the easy creation of new regions. Previously, users needed to manually edit INI files.
“INI files are always difficult and fragile,” said Beckhusen. “Even I have had to hire experts to help solve INI stuff I have done to my own grid, and I first came to OSgrid more than seven years ago and am a professional programmer.”
Martin Slade is one of the users of the DreamWorld installer. He recently moved from Second Life to OpenSim because of the ability to a virtual world on his own computer. He is now running a mini-grid on a laptop and has used it for about four weeks now, he told Hypergrid Business.
“I have built nine more regions in the last week, which I hope to build on,” said Slade. “One region is a castle region, which I hope to extend with some interior regions like a hall, a library, and so on.”
(Image courtesy Martin Slade.)
He hopes to create some regions that are exciting to visit as  he explores his interest in medieval fantasy and science fiction.
“I feel the separate grids on OpenSim could do with more connectivity, including group tags showing no matter what grid you are visiting and the likes of a main Shoutcast server region which works net wide and allows purchasing of a server for DJ-ing and music performances,” he said.
The latest DreamWorld upgrade also improves hypergrid connectivity by automatically opening region ports in the uPNP after re-running Network Diagnostics. Loading and saving OAR region backup files is also easier.

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