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Adding a DNS CNAME

  1. I have just set up my blog domain, but I would like to map my blog to a subdomain of my newly created domain. When I first set up my blog it's URL was myblog.wordpress.com. Now that I have set up the domain for my blog it's URL is mydomain.com. I would like to set up a subdomain, myblog.mydomain.com and map my WordPress blog to that URL so that I can add a email to my domain. I have read in the FAQ's that I need to add a DNS CNAME and to dot hat I need to go to "Manage Domains" from my dashboard and use the Total DNS filed to add the CNAME. Problem is, when I do that it says: "Total DNS: (Not hosted here)". So how do I add the CNAME?

  2. You have to add the entry of your subdomain on mydomain.com (say blog.mydomain.com) into your DNS entry on your DNS provider. From the FAQ:

    subdomain.domain.com. IN CNAME [your-blog].wordpress.com.
    
    Once that DNS entry has been added login to your Wordpress.com Dashboard, click on Options > Domains and enter subdomain.domain.com into the box. If everything is setup correctly, it will allow you to map the subdomain to your blog. If things are not quite right the system will let you know and provide suggestions on what you need to do to remedy the problem.

    I would tell your DNS provider what you hope to accomplish and they can tell you the syntax needed to make the entry on your DNS. The entry has to be made there and then provagate through the DNS servers to be able to add it in the Manage Domains portion. It can take up to a couple of days (usually WAY faster) to make it through the system, but should show up shortly after editing your DNS on your end.

    Hope that helps.

    Trent

  3. Thanks Trent. I found it.

    WordPress is my DNS provider, through Automattic (I registered the domain through WordPress). So I've gotten the subdomain set up and it is redirecting to the myblog.wordpress.com URL correctly so that is all working.

    So now I have 2 domains listed in my Dashboard under "Domains". I have mydomain.com and subdomain.mydomain.com. Both are forwarding to the myblog.wordpress.com URL.

    Now, how do I get WordPress to stop redirecting traffic from my main domain to the WordPress blog url?

    Or does that need to happen unless I download the WordPress blog software and begin administering the whole thing myself?

    I'm still kind of foggy on all of this. Thanks in advance for any help.

  4. In the domains section of your dashboard, just click the 'put blog here' on the one that you want the final destination traffic being. I am assuming the address you just setup. That will be the final step!

    Trent

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