Domain Mapping – blog.yourname.com – is that possible?

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  • #353905

    Hi there. I’m doing a few tests, trying to learn the system before I go live with my actual blog, and I have read this support document (http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/) and am still having trouble understanding if it is possible to set-up my blog so that instead of seeing for example: testingsamantha.wordpress.com

    I can have it
    blog.samantha.com

    FYI: I already own my own .com site for what I want to use.

    Also, can you have it either way as:
    blog.samantha.com
    – OR –
    samantha.com/blog

    and can I do that in wordpress and what’s really the difference between where the “blog” part of the name comes in, is there and advantage or disadvantage to either way?

    Any insight is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance!

    The blog I need help with is testingsamantha.wordpress.com.

    #354204

    lorawow
    Member

    There’s no need to have a blog part in your domain.

    samantha.com will work just fine, if it isn’t already taken.
    Also smanatha.com/blog is easily done by redirecting all incoming traffic to samantha.com to samantha.com/blog

    Good luck!

    Regards,
    Lora @ http://lorawow.wordpress.com/

    #354206

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    Check out the documentation on the Support site about domain mapping. http://support.wordpress.com/domain-mapping/

    #354207

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    @samanthaspirit-Sorry-didn’t fully read your question. You can’t map a blog to a subdirectory, only a subdomain.

    Also, if you want to use your domain for your email, don’t map your blog to yourdomainname.com Check out the support documentation regarding email too.

    #354208

    Thanks, I did read that support document but still didn’t understand which is why I posted my question.

    hmm, I appreciate the replies, but I’m not quite sure I still get it though.

    What is the difference between a subdirectory vs. a subdomain?

    #354209

    justjennifer
    Moderator

    blog.yourdomainname.com is a subdomain

    yourdomainname.com/blog is a subdirectory

    #354210

    lorawow
    Member

    Hm. Seems I was mistaken about that redirecting thingy then…?
    I’m sorry.

    #354211

    No worries lorawow, and thanks just jennifer….my follow-up question is which is better, a subdomain or a subdirectory? I guess I’m wondering also what the titles of the pages would be, if there is any preference in terms of coming up in searches and web traffic, etc.
    Thanks!

    #354212

    lorawow
    Member

    You can’t map a subdirectory so a subdomain is better.

    Please call me Lora

    #354213

    Thanks :-)

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