Availability of Google Apps email
My blog is currently based on my own hosting account (using the self-install WordPress). I noticed the WordPress.com domain mapping feature and thought I might transfer as it would allow me to remove a load on my hosting account without losing the visitors/pagerank etc. if I just switched to using wordpress.com normally.
But at the moment I have several email accounts on my hosting account, using the domain I will be mapping to WP. I noticed on the FAQ that there is a possibility that adding the ‘Google MX’ will not be possible on a particular domain. Is there any way to find out in advance whether or not I will be able to? I don’t want to map the domain to WP only to find out that I lose the ability to have email accounts.
Before you even move over to wordpress.com you can change your emails over to the Google App side. I currently have my domains on them that are with wordpress.com and the ones that are on other hosting. It will work, just try one domain out and set it up!
So the WordPress.com feature does not rely on anything special? I’m not 100% sure what it is that I’m to do. Should I contact my domain registrar, and get them to point the mail exchanger to Google Apps? How will this be carried over when the domain moves from my hosting package to WordPress.com?
Does the WordPress.com feature somehow contact your domain registrar to enact the necessary change, or does the WP.com feature only work for domains registered through WP.com? In other words, if I switch my MX to Google Apps now, will it keep working when the domain is pointed at the WP.com nameservers?
EDIT: The part I am worried about is part 4 of the Google Apps FAQ:
‘Go to the Options –> Domains menu from your WordPress.com blog’s dashboard. If you have mapped a domain, you should see a link that says “Enable Google MX” in the far right column. Click this link. If you do not see this link then your mapped domain cannot yet have email. We hope to add more email soon.‘ (my emphasis). This seems to suggest that any existing mail settings (such as setting up Google Apps) are lost when the domain switches from wherever it is hosted at the moment, to being mapped to a WordPress.com blog.
I actuually just got my domain registar to make my mx records hit google apps and the rest to wordpress.com. The other way has the entire domain point to wordpress.com and then when you follow the directions for the email it connects to the mail quickly.
I wouldn’t suggest doing both. If you move the nameservers to wordpress.com and can’t get the email quickly, you can switch to the other method and barely lose an hour of uptime.
Any other thoughts from people?
How would I do this? Just tell my domain registrar to change the normal nameservers to the WordPress.com ones listed on the FAQ page, and change the mx to Google Apps (whatever address they give in their signup process, which I haven’t done yet)?
Sorry if these are silly questions, but my experience with domain names amounts to buying one and typing it into my browser :(
*bump* Does anyone know?
As I said before, change the nameservers from your registrar to wordpress.com name servers and then follow the prompts from the FAQ:
'Go to the Options –> Domains menu from your WordPress.com blog’s dashboard. If you have mapped a domain, you should see a link that says “Enable Google MX” in the far right column. Click this link. If you do not see this link then your mapped domain cannot yet have email. We hope to add more email soon.
Worst thing that happens is that you don’t have your email for a little while while working on getting it going or you have to change the nameserver back until you find a solution. That is what I would try. Most .com addresses change in about 5 minutes. Try getting it to work and if you fail, in another 5 minutes you will have it back on the server you are now.
Just a thought. You can also ask this question to staff through feedback from your blog admin or an email to support at wordpress dot com as they are the only ones that can tell you if you domain will work before the changes! :)
BTW, I did this just the other day. It worked seemlessly. I was going from my old hosted site to the google app site within 2 hours. Now my website and mail are wordpress and google apps. Totally worth it :)
Thanks everyone for your help. Got in touch with support and they’ve told me that my domain will be able to support WP.com’s Google Apps email integration. I’ll be doing the switchover tomorrow (it’s after 6pm here in the UK so my domain host will be closed).
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