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Anyone want to provide an example of DNS editing?

  1. I note that those who have domain mapping now also have DNS editing. Anyone want to provide an early example of DNS editing? For example, has anyone got a wiki running under a domain?

    For details about DNS editing, see:

    As I remark in my post, I was struck by some wording in the announcement post: tired of saying no, Automattic added a feature.

  2. As I remark in my post, I was struck by some wording in the announcement post: tired of saying no, Automattic added a feature.

    No, really. :)

    As far as examples, most of the DNS editing that we've done during test is for things like email hosted elsewhere (using a combination of CNAME and MX records, usually).

  3. @Markel
    Then please tell us exactly what has been previously saying "no" too. Perhaps then we will be able to comprehend what the additional benefits that will now be available to those who have root blogs at which are being domain mapped by to their domains are.

  4. Most, if not all, of the requests we receive are for using email with another provider.

    If a service can use a custom domain, it's likely you'll be able to work with it using our new DNS settings. The settings you need come from the service itself, so it's different depending on what you're using.

    Since there are some questions floating around about this, I'm going to try and get some examples together of what's different now.

  5. @Markel
    Thanks so much for pursuing this. I appreciate it. I have two root blogs that are blogs being domain mapped by to my domains. I'd like to know what the benefits of this new feature are so I can assess whether or not I ought to be taking action to benefit my blogs.

  6. Markel,
    Many thanks for taking up this poor neglected thread :)

  7. The primary uses of Custom DNS are going to be:

    1. You have your email hosted elsewhere and would like to continue using it (this is probably 90% or more of what it's going to be used for). You would use an MX record in tandem with an A or a CNAME record to do this. Google Mail for Domains is also likely to be what most people will want to use because it's free.
    2. You use another blogging or publishing service in addition to your blog that supports mapping to a subdomain and want to create records for that. These would be either A or CNAME records. Instructions on how to do this would be provided by any service provider that supports the feature (just like we do).

    The important thing to note is that any time this is available to you, the provider you're using for the other service will have all the information you need to enter into the DNS record form. What we'd been saying "no" to before now was almost (if not) entirely people who were moving to from GoDaddy or similar hosting who wanted to retain their existing email services. Not only can people do that now, they can even set it up themselves.

    Something you couldn't do before: we used to have one-touch setup for Google Mail for Domains, where we would create the MX records for you. This wouldn't support their "custom domains" feature, because we didn't have MX enabled. Now, you can add this record:

    CNAME mail

    …and you would then be able to reach your Google mail by going to (After you also configure the link on the Google Apps side of things.)

  8. This will "sort of" allow you to stay logged in at 2 gmails at the same time?

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