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  1. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    I'm wanting to map the domain i purchased from wordpress.com on my blogspot blog.

    I have followed the instructions listened here - http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/change-name-servers/ and blogspot is advising me to paste the codes they generated in my DNS manager, however when i go to my DNS it tells me that I have no domains in the list and that my new domain registration transfer is locked until the 31/03/2014??

    I don't see the point in purchasing the wordpress domain if I now can't even use it where I want to? Anyone got any suggestions?

    Thanks in advance

    The blog I need help with is notesbynicola.com.

  2. michelleweber
    Staff

    Mapping and transferring are two different processes:

    1. Transferring actually moves the domain registration away from WordPress.com. Domains can't be transferred until 60 days after they're registered.

    2. Mapping leaves the domain registration where it is (in this case, on WordPress.com), but points the domain to a different website. Thus, the domain would still be registered here, but you would map it to blogspot, and it would load your blogspot site.

    Since you bought the domain pretty recently, you're not able to transfer it yet, hence the message about transfer being locked, but you can map it to blogspot by updating the DNS. I can see both your domains, so you should be able to do this.

    When you're in your blog's dashboard, are you able to go to Store --> My Domains and see your domains there?

  3. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Hi Michelle,

    Thank your for your reply. I have a better understanding now.

    I wish to map my domain i purchased with wordpress to my blogger blog. SO that when people type in my custom domain it goes straight to my blogger page instead of my wordpress one.

    I went into store > domains and was able to see my purchased domains. However, when I clicked on 'map a domain name you own' it only gives me the option to map a domain brought elsewhere to one of my wordpress blogs. Any idea on how to map my domain purchased with wordpress to blogger?

    Thanks for your help

  4. Right, in the WordPress.com store, you can only buy the upgrade to map a blog TO WordPress.com. To map it to Blogger, you'll need to:

    1. Follow the instructions on Blogger's end

    and

    2. Update your DNS settings through the domain manager on WordPress.com to point the DNS to Blogger.

    You can find Blogger's mapping instructions here:

    https://support.google.com/blogger/troubleshooter/1233381?hl=en

    Choose "Top Level Domain" to get the right instructions.

  5. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    I have visited the instructions in the link that you listed and am fine up until step 6: 'Now it's time to enter the CNAMEs. Where it says Name, Label or Host simply enter "www" and list ghs.google.com as the Destination, Target or Points to.'

    There is nowhere that I can see in the wordpress DNS settings that gives me the option to enter CNAMES in the format that blogger is requesting. Where do I enter my blogger CNAMEs in wordpress?

  6. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    On your domain registrar's website, locate your Domain Name System (DNS) settings and enter the following two CNAMEs:
    Name, Label or Host field Destination Target or Points To field
    www ghs.google.com

    ^^^^ These are the instructions blogger has given me. Except there's no where in wordpress DNS settings that looks like this to where I can just copy and paste my CNAMES.

  7. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Besides from needing to know where I insert the provided CNAMEs in wordpress, I also need to know whether I need to add A records and/or change the nameservers.

  8. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    So I really just want to know how to make my purchased domain name (www. notesbynicola.com) map to my blogger site (www.notesbynicola.blogspot.com) and show the blogger content when typed it the url box.

    These are the two CNAMES blogger is telling me to put into my DNS on wordpress:

    and the A records are:
    @ 216.239.32.21
    @ 216.239.34.21
    @ 216.239.36.21
    @ 216.239.38.21

    Please just tell me where and in what format I need to add this information in the most basic steps you can. And also if I should change my name serves also, what I should change them to.

    Thanks in advance.

  9. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE REPLY? I have purchased this domain from wordpress but don't see the point in having done so if I can't use it how I like

  10. Nicola, you'll want to go into your WordPress.com dashboard, to Store --> My Domains.

    Next to your custom domain, you'll see "Edit DNS" as an option. Click that to pull up the box where you enter your CNAME and A records, an input the records you got from Blogger. If you need help with formatting, there are templates on that page. You can also see them here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/custom-dns/#adding-custom-dns-records

    For Blogger, only the CNAME is actually required. The A records are recommended but optional.

    Once you type in the records, click "save." It'll take a little time for the update the take effect -- up to 72 hours, although it typically takes far fewer.

    Once the records are updated, follow the rest of Blogger's instructions for making sure your settings are good to go on the Blogger end.

  11. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    WordPress is telling me to format the CNAME like so:

    CNAME <subdomain> <host>

    Bloggers instructions say :

    On your domain registrar's website, locate your Domain Name System (DNS) settings and enter the following two CNAMEs:

    Name, Label or Host field Destination
    www ghs.google.com

    Target or Points To field

    So they're both telling me to format them differently. I don't know what subdomain or host to use where wordpress has told me to do so.

    As far as I'm aware the CNAME I need to add in is: www ghs.google.com

    However when I put it into my wordpress DNS setting like so, it comes back with the error message: 1. This does not match any of the DNS record formats.

    I have given you all of the information can you please just tell me exactly what I need to write so that I can just copy and paste it into my DNS settings. I haven't been able to work it out myself and I'm getting really frustrated as I just want this resolved already!

  12. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Or if you can't tell me exactly what I need to pate into my DNS settings, despite me giving you all of the necessary information, would you please be able to get another staff member who can

  13. @nicoladonovan06

    I've added the required DNS records for you.

    If you are still experiencing an issue after 48 hours, please let me know, and I will investigate the issue further.

  14. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Thank you so much. It's working now. However, when i just type in notesbynicola.com it comes up with an error page, and only works when i type the www. in front.

    I think that this will be able to be corrected if I add the A records into my DNS settings. However I just tried to do so and obviously haven't formatted them correctly.

    The A records are:
    @ 216.239.32.21
    @ 216.239.34.21
    @ 216.239.36.21
    @ 216.239.38.21

    Would you please be able to tell me how to format them currently for the DNS settings, or add them in for me again.

    Thanks again for your help!

  15. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Ok, so http://www.notesbynicola.com is redirecting to blogger which is perfect - however when I only type in notesbynicola.com it takes me to my wordpress blog.

    How can I make it so that when the www. is left off, it still takes people to my blogger. As far as I know this can be corrected by adding the A records (see above comment), however I am still unsure how to format and do so.

    Please reply as I would like this matter fixed asap.

  16. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Can someone from support please reply? Would like this matter fixed asap so I can use my purchased domain

  17. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    CAN SOMEONE PLEASE REPLY? I am getting really frustrated by the lack of support - Would like to know how to make the change above already!

  18. @nicoladonovan06

    I've entered the required DNS information, as requested. Please allow 24-48 hours for the new settings to take effect.

    I apologize for the delayed response. I've added $26 in credits to your WordPress.com account.

    If you have any more questions regarding this issue, please let me know.

  19. nicoladonovan06
    Member

    Thanks so much!

    Sorry for the constant posts, just really wanted it sorted out. I appreciate your time and thank you again for your help.

  20. @nicoladonovan06

    It's no problem. We're here to help.

    If you have any other questions regarding WordPress.com, please let us know :-)

  21. Hi Support!

    I have the same problem with nicoladonovan06 above. I also want my newly purchased domain from wordpress point to my blogger site. It's not clear to me how this issue was solved. Appreciate if anyone from the staff could lend a hand. My wordpress domain is: GUERRILLAFOREXTRADING.COM.

  22. Hi Support!

    I have the same problem with nicoladonovan06 above. I also want my newly purchased domain from wordpress point to my blogger site. It's not clear to me how this issue was solved. Appreciate if anyone from the staff could lend a hand. My wordpress domain is: GUERRILLAFOREXTRADING.COM.

  23. @gfxtrader

    You can set your A records to point to Blogger by following the instructions here:

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/setting-custom-a-records/

    https://support.google.com/blogger/answer/1734119?hl=en&ref_topic=1734115

    Please note, your domain will still be registered with WordPress.com although it will be pointed elsewhere. In order for the domain to work correctly, you will need to renew the domain registration each year or set it to renew automatically. You can manage renewal options through your Upgrades link here:

    https://guerrillaforextrading.wordpress.com/wp-admin/paid-upgrades.php?page=my-upgrades

    Let us know if you have any more questions.

  24. Hi pmciano! Many thanks to your reply. Blogger's settings provide the following IP adds:
    216.239.32.21
    216.239.34.21
    216.239.36.21
    216.239.38.21.

    However, I can only place the first IP add. When I click quick add to key in the other IPs, they seem to be rejected.

    Also at the bottom of the window, I added ghs.google.com next to www. Can you please confirm if I've done it right?

  25. @gfxtrader

    You did an excellent job! Everything looks great:

    http://note.io/1gAFXN1

    If you have any other questions regarding WordPress.com, please let us know :-)

  26. Thanks for being very helpful pmciano. I also thought I did it right and it worked well for a moment. But now the link is pointing back to wordpress? :( What could have been the problem?
    http://www.guerrillaforextrading.com

  27. @gfxtrader

    It still looks good to me:

    http://note.io/1j4GQ8s

    Can you please try clearing out your cache and cookies?

    http://en.support.wordpress.com/browser-issues/#clear-your-cache-and-cookies

    If you are still having a problem, let me know, and we can take the next troubleshooting step, once I get more feedback.

  28. I have just purchased http://www.towardyoga.com which points to towardyoga.wordpress.com

    I am having the same issues, in that I want the domain name mapped to

    towardyoga.blogspot.com

    so that if you type URL - http://www.towardyoga.com

    or

    towardyoga.com

    you land on: towardyoga.blogspot.com

    again I cannot work out how to change the CName AND add in the WWW and I'm really frustrated.

    The name codes from blogger are:

    www ghs.google.com

    I'm more than happy to keep this domain hosted at wordpress, just need this domain mapped to blogger

    Many thanks, I'm going nuts!

  29. think I *might* have sussed it, but could an admin take a look and confirm please?

  30. @towardyoga

    I have made the required changes on our end.

    Please make sure that you have completed the requisite changes on Blogger's side.

    Specifically, complete step 11:

    https://support.google.com/blogger/troubleshooter/1233381?hl=en#ts=1734115

    Once this is done, please wait at least 24 hours for the changes to take effect.

    If you are still having issues after this period passes, let us know, and we will troubleshoot the issue until it is resolved.

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