Best way to have a forum on my site?

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  • #789955

    Thank you all for your help. Please keep this topic open until I actually succeed in doing this, because I may need to ask more questions. You are all very helpful. :)

    Jake

    #789973

    Okay, so I’ve successfully navigated to the “Custom DNS” part of my blog’s dashboard.

    Now, I’m not the most code-savvy person in the world. I’ve pulled some information from my forum provider on how to do this:

    I have already a homepage, can I link a subdomain with my forumotion board?
    [ex.: forum.my_domain.com]

    Yes, of course – it’s almost the same procedure as above. Just assign the CNAME to your subdomain instead:

    When you choose the sub-domain which you wish to use on your forum (forum.my_domain, for example, is a sub-domain of my_domain), you have to create the corresponding CNAME entry in the DNS administration of your domain: a CNAME entry allows to point an url towards the other one in a transparent way. That way, you can link forum.my_domain with forumotion board YourForum.forumotion.com.

    Any recorder of domains names possesses different interfaces, and thus different methods to create such CNAME. However, in a general way, the process takes place as described below:

    Connect to your user account on the site of your domain name provider, and go to the DNS management.
    Check that the chosen sub-domain is not already used.
    In the generally entitled field “source”, “origin”, or “alias” enter the prefix of sub-domain (i.e. “Forum” if you want to use the sub-domain forum.my_domain).
    In the generally entitled field “destination” or ” target host “, enter the original url of your forum, address.my_forum.
    You will maybe have to inform the TTL (Time To Live): define the maximal possible value here.

    The link to my forum is http://tubbycraft.forumotion.ca/. I want to make it so that (like I said above) I can put that on my blog, and when it is clicked, it directs the user to my forum and the url of the forum at the top of the screen is http://forum.tubbycraft.com/

    #789998

    Bump? Sorry if im not allowed to do this…

    #790004

    airodyssey
    Member

    This is how to create a custom DNS record. Please study this, and if you’re still having problems creating a CNAME record, don’t hesitate to come back here.
    http://en.support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/custom-dns/#adding-custom-dns-records

    And in response to your question…

    Bump? Sorry if im not allowed to do this…

    Not forbidden per se, but frowned upon here. So try to avoid it in the future :-)

    #790005

    Thank you, but I’m ashamed to say that I still do not understand. I am not code savvy. Would you be able to show me how to add it? What is the code I would type in to make: http://forum.tubbycraft.com/ ?

    Sorry again!

    #790006

    airodyssey
    Member

    Try this:
    CNAME forum http://tubbycraft.forumotion.ca.

    #790007

    airodyssey
    Member

    Sorry, that should be:
    CNAME forum tubbycraft.forumotion.ca.
    (No http://)

    #790008

    So I just paste that code into the box?

    #790011

    airodyssey
    Member

    Yes. Did you read the link I gave you?

    #790012

    Yes I did but I still don’t really understand the coding part.

    1. So I went to my dashboard and navigated to custom DNS records
    2. I pasted the code you gave me into the box.
    3. It says “custom DNS records saved.”

    Now what?

    #790013

    raincoaster
    Member

    Now wait up to 72 hours for that change to register all around the internet. Once it’s done that, the link should go straight to your forum.

    #790014

    the link should go straight to your forum.

    The link being the forum.tubbycraft.com?

    #790019

    Hi,

    I’ve tried assigning the CNAME: forum to tubbycraft.com

    I have waited for a few days and all it does is redirect me to this website, not mine: http://forum.forumactif.com/forum

    I want it to go to my forum, and I want it to say forum.tubbycraft.com

    Help!

    #790020

    airodyssey
    Member

    What is the exact DNS record you copied-pasted on your WordPress.com dashboard? (Including punctuation and everything)

    #790021

    CNAME forum tubbycraft.forumotion.com.

    That is what I put.

    #790022

    airodyssey
    Member

    You put .com instead of .ca

    #790023

    That is because even with the .ca, it brought me to that other weird website.

    #790024

    And my website is tubbycraft.com.

    #790025

    airodyssey
    Member

    That is because even with the .ca, it brought me to that other weird website.

    To the best of my knowledge, CNAME changes are not instantaneous; they can take an hour to be effective. Can you try waiting? Please?

    And my website is tubbycraft.com.

    I heard you the first time.

    #790026

    So let me get this straight – the CNAME is supposed to have a .ca at the end? If my website has a .com, shouldn’t the CNAME also have a .com?

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