Steps for hosting a Lebanese Government website with OMSAR

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  Introduction

OMSAR provides a variety of web-related services to all Lebanese Government and public institutions. The services include regular web hosting, website design and development, web consulting services and website evaluation and assessment. The present document outlines the pre-requisites and detailed steps to host a Lebanese government website with OMSAR.

 

Summary of Activities

The table below summarizes the activities that need to be executed to complete the hosting of a government website with OMSAR. Details for each activity are outlined in the “detailed steps” section.

 

Activity

Responsible

Follow up with

Expected time frame

1. Initial Steps and Pre-requisites

Beneficiary

OMSAR

1 working day

2. Acquire and Register a domain name

 

Beneficiary

MOET, AUB, OMSAR

7 working days

3. Fill and send the OMSAR hosting request forms

 

Beneficiary

OMSAR

2 working days

4. Deploy website

 

OMSAR

Beneficiary

5 working days

Total Expected Time

15 days

 

Note:

Activities 2 and 3 may be done in parallel to reduce the total request time.

 

Detailed Steps

Activity 1: Initial steps and Pre-requisites

1.       Review the requirements for hosting a website with OMSAR document (Annex A). The website’s underlying technology should consist with OMSAR’s hosting setup and supported technologies.

2.       Internally, a coordinator from the beneficiary side should be appointed and officially nominated by his entity. The nomination of the coordinator should be included in the official request to be sent by the beneficiary (see Form A).

3.       The beneficiary must either have the site already developed or engaged with a company to develop it. This company may also take the responsibility of registering the domain (Activity 2) based on the agreed upon terms.

 

Activity 2: Acquire and Register a domain name

1.       Choose the domain name. The domain name should be part of the .gov.lb class. Requests for websites of any other class cannot be accepted by OMSAR.

2.       Delegate someone using an official letter signed by the director or the minister for the task of domain registration on Internet (Category 35).

3.       To get the domain availability attestation for domain required by MOET, kindly perform the below:

-          Send email to lbdr-fax@aub.edu.lb, attaching filled information under the domain registration request and the domain delegation instructions templates: LBDR-A and LBDR-E, stamped and signed either by the minister or by the director general. In case this is signed by the DG, a letter from the minister appointing the DG, is to be attached.

-          Email the forms LBDR B and LBDR C  where the administrative as well as the technical representative for the domain are appointed, to the domain guardian (At AUB: niclbdr@aub.edu.lb) see samples of LBDR B and LBDR C in Annex LB and Annex LC). All emails need to be in PLAIN TEXT format (no HTML or Rich-Text formatting in the email can be used). The best way to insure that the mail is in plain text is to write it first in NOTEPAD and copy it to a blank email. Also make sure that the option plain text is specified in the message type (this is a property of the mail software you use).

Note: in LBDR B, you will need to specify the domain name servers (see point 5 below).

4.       Apply for the domain trademark at the Ministry of Economy and Trade (MOET)

                                                               i.      Follow the steps made available online:

                                          Ministry of Economy portal (Trademark Registration section).

                                                             ii.      Fill the form online and submit it.

                                                            iii.      At the end of the application process, the website will give you a list of the required documents to be submitted to MOET.

(The cost is:

275,000 LB to be paid to ministry of finance

+Stamps for 100,000 LB to be paid to MOET

+ around 7000 LB as fees for photocopies and stamps).

Note: Public sector is exempt from publication fees in the Official gazette.

5.       Register the domain name with AUB (Lebanon’s DNS Registrar). Follow the steps of the domain registration guide:
http://www.isoc.org.lb/lbdr


The domain name servers can be provided to you by the company developing your website (who may register the domain for you and in that case they will handle all the steps of Activity 2) or by OMSAR.
should you decide to host the domain with OMSAR, the name servers are:

 

NameServer

 ns0.idm.net.lb (194.126.10.18)

NameServer

 sf.idm.net.lb (174.142.61.239)

 

LB Domain Name Registration Process

 

Activity 3: Fill and send the OMSAR hosting request forms

1.       Official Request form (Form A).

                                                               i.      This form should be filled, signed by the Minister or Director General and sent via the proper official channels to OMSAR

2.       Technical Specification Sheet (Form B)

                                                             ii.      This form should be filled by the technical team (developers or IT staff) and sent via email (webmaster@omsar.gov.lb) or by fax (961 1 371599) to OMSAR’s web development team.

                                                            iii.      Allow 2 working days for both forms to be processed.

 

Activity 4: Deploy website

1.       After the website has been fully developed and tested, the coordinator is required to follow up with OMSAR’s web hosting team for the deployment and upload of the website files.

2.       Coordinate with OMSAR web hosting team for configuration and deployment

3.       Send OMSAR web hosting team the files to upload

4.       The OMSAR web hosting team will configure the website as required

5.       Perform required testing on the website prior to launching

 

 

Note: Do not expect the website to be fully launched before at least two weeks from the start of Activity 1 until the end of Activity 4. Some of the administrative procedures described above take their required times, and the technical setup and testing needs to take its due time to avoid any errors or problems in the future.


 

 

 

The OMSAR web hosting team can be reached as follows:

 

Telephone:

01-371510 ext. 680

Or

01-371510 ext. 181

Email:

webmaster@omsar.gov.lb

Or

lkfoury@omsar.gov.lb

Or

psemaan@omsar.gov.lb

Fax:

01-371599

Via the Omsar website: http://www.omsar.gov.lb

 

 

List of Related documentation

 

Annex A: OMSAR’s hosting setup and supported technologies

 

Annex B: AUB Domain registration guide

 

Annex LB:  Sample Domain Submission (with Name servers)

 

Annex LC:  Sample Domain Contact information

 

LBDR A: Domain Registration Request

 

LBDR E: Domain Delegation Request

 

LBDR B: Domain Submission (with Name servers)

 

LBDR C: Domain Contact information

 

Form A: OMSAR Official hosting request

 

Form B: OMSAR technical specification sheet

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