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  1. Hi,

    I purchased lsugnomes.com through WP, thinking I would create a WP blog for the content. I've since changed my mind, and want to use another blog service to provide the content, but I cannot find a way to change my domain forwarding destination from lsugnomes.wordpress.com to the one I want to use.

    Do I have to pay for a "Site Redirect"? I don't care about catching users at lsugnomes.wordpress.com. I want to separate the wordpress blog from the domain altogether, as if I had purchased the domain from a 3rd party.

    Please help!

    The blog I need help with is lsugnomes.com.

  2. I should clarify that I don't want to forward the domain so much as I want to change the mapping.

  3. Then you require Staff intervention. Here’s the link http://en.support.wordpress.com/contact/ After you use the searchbox, under the search results, at the bottom of the page there will be a section that says “Have you found the answer to your question?” You can choose either “Yes I found the answer to my question.” or “No I didn’t find the answer to my question and I would like to contact support for help.” The no option will reveal the contact form.

  4. Thanks, although I've already done that. Still haven't heard from anyone. :(

  5. Hello again,
    This thread is flagged for Staff attention.

  6. What is the URL of the WordPress.com blog that you want to direct lsugnomes.com to?

  7. lsugnomes,
    If I understand correctly you want to redirect lsugnomes.com to a non wordpress site. If this is the case the best option is to transfer the domain to another domain provider, such as domainmonster or godaddy.

    These will let you transfer the domain to them free, and at least domainmonster will allow you to set up a redirect for free. You will have to pay them upon domain renewal.

  8. Hi,

    I want to map my domain to a non-Wordpress site: http://lsugnomes.blogspot.com/

    I would ultimately like to transfer my domain to godaddy, but I purchased this domain one week ago. Since there is a 60-day holding period, I just want WP to change the destination for me in the mean time. I want my site to go live ASAP, and don't want to wait another 2 months just to get lsugnomes.com to map to http://lsugnomes.blogspot.com/

    Thanks!

  9. Unfortunately, Blogger does not offer nameservers, and the DNS records that they want to change cannot be changed here. I recommend waiting the 60 days to transfer it to another registrar.

    Alternatively, we could try canceling it, but it has passed the refund period and I can't guarantee that it will be immediately available for purchase again.

  10. For anyone else having this problem, here's how I solved it:

    1. Went to ZoneEdit and signed up for free DNS Management for lsugnomes.com.

    2. Changed the Nameservers WordPress is using for my domain to the ones provided by ZoneEdit. Wait an hour or so for the change to propagate.
    (To make this change, go to the WP Dashboard -> Domains -> Manage Domains -> Nameservers)

    3. Add a subdomain to ZoneEdit for http://www.lsugnomes.com, as Blogger won't allow naked domains.
    (ZoneEdit's UI is not very intuitive, but there's a field on the left to add a new subdomain. Type "www" there)

    4. Edit the CNAME and A entries for www to the ones described by Blogger: http://www.google.com/support/blogger/bin/static.py?page=ts.cs&ts=1233381
    (Wait an hour for changes to propagate)

    5. Edit publishing settings in Blogger to use my custom domain. If ZoneEdit isn't updated yet, Blogger will let you know.
    (Blogger Dashboard -> Settings -> Publishing)

    6. Finally, go back to ZoneEdit and set up Unmasked URL Forwarding for lsugnomes.com to http://www.lsugnomes.com.

    After my 60 days are up, I'm going to just transfer my domain to godaddy. Even though I've got this all working now, I manage other domains in godaddy and would rather not have to deal with WordPress + ZoneEdit for domain management as well.

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