Domain Mapping VS Redirection

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  • #122169

    testmtf
    Member

    Hi guys,

    I know there are several posts already that deal with domain mapping but I’m struggling to find one that answers my question – hopefully you can help:)

    Basically I took up the domain mapping upgrade feature two days ago. My domain name is http://www.meteora.com.au and if you type that in you will see that it redirects to my wordpress blog, meteoraonline.wordpress.com.au. Problem is I don’t want this to be a re-direction, I want the visible URL to remain http://www.meteora.com.au/(etc). My interpretation of the explanation in the “domain mapping” faq is that this is possible. Is it simply a matter of waiting a few days for this to happen or is it possible I’ve made a mistake when changing the details with my DNS manager?

    #122545

    timethief
    Member

    Although I know there are threads in the forum search box indicating 72 hours may not be out of line as far as the wait goes, I have no expertise in this area and no information to share aside from what can be gained from the FAQs and the forum search box . If you cannot find an answer there then IMO, this is a question for staff to answer.

    #122551

    ozrisk
    Member

    testmtf,
    You need to go into the “domains” section of your “Upgrades” page and click on “put blog here” against the domain you want it to appear to be at.
    I hope that was clear – otherwise, let us know.

    #122556

    testmtf
    Member

    Very clear ozrisk, you’re a champion – thank you!
    Despite this small oversight I’d say the process generally for getting the domain mapping happening is fairly straightforward.
    wordpress + domain mapping has been the ideal solution to meet our organisation’s online publising needs.

    cheers,
    Leon

    #122557

    ozrisk
    Member

    Have you also noticed you can now get email to your domain through google apps? Answering this one made me go to the domain page for the first time for a while. Means I can now use an email address at ozrisk.net. Cool.

    #122561

    testmtf
    Member

    yep, set up a google app account yesterday but have yet to follow through with setting up completely. hoping to get a friend to help me over the weekend. another feather in wordpress’ cap.

    L

    #122871

    So I have to pay for the domain (e.g. domain.com) AND for wordpress making out of domain.wordpress.com/(etc) a domain.com/etc) ? Double pricing? Or is there any way to make that happen without an upgrade of my wordpress blog?

    #122872

    timethief
    Member

    @ jackbauermunich

    So I have to pay for the domain (e.g. domain.com) AND for wordpress making out of domain.wordpress.com/(etc) a domain.com/etc) ? Double pricing?

    No, this is not “double pricing”. If you already have a domain then you only have to pay $10 for domain mapping.

    Example:
    I had a wordpress.com blog. I then had two choices:
    (1) purchasing a domain on my own and then purchasing the domain mapping upgrade from wp.com for $10 per year
    (2) purchasing my domain name for $5 through wordpress.com and the domain mapping from wordpress.com for a combined total of $15 per year

    Or is there any way to make that happen without an upgrade of my wordpress blog?

    There is no other way to get a domain and domain mapping to it free of charge from wordpress.com or from any other blog host.

    References:
    From the FAQs http://faq.wordpress.com/2006/11/10/domain-mapping/
    From the forum searchbox https://en.forums.wordpress.com/topic.php?id=4766

    HTH :)

    #122873

    So it is double pricing – I’ve to pay for my domain and the domain mapping – and get a PayPal Account aswell… I already read the links you posted, but anyway thanks for your help.

    #122874

    timethief
    Member

    No it is not double pricing. Everyone who pays for a domain must pay a purchase price for one year to the registrar and then must also pay to renew it every year. A domain is useless to you unless you either have your own server and provide your own domain mapping to it or, you hire a web host with servers that will provide domain mapping service to the domain for you. Obviously any web host will require that you pay an annual fee for their domain mapping service.

    #122875

    But for example at Blogger you can do that for free.

    #122876

    timethief
    Member

    I think you are confused.
    You can have http://yourblogname.wordpress.com free of charge.
    If you want to remove the “wordpress.com” from your url then the only way you can do that is by purchasing your own domain and paying for domain mapping to it. If you are content to have http://yourblogname.wordpress.com with the “wordpress.com” in the url that’s free of charge.

    I don’t know or care what they do at Blogger because I escaped from that pit full of spammers and sploggers where you could die waiting for support questions to be answered. This is not to mention the frequent times that I could not access my blog because they were always “down”.

    Best wishes to you whatever you choose. :)

    #122877

    I’m not confused. I just don’t understand why I have to pay 10 dollars for that. I neither got a credit card nor a PayPal account.

    By the way: I escaped from Blogger, too. ;)

    #122878

    timethief
    Member

    I escaped from Blogger, too.

    Really, then how can it be that I found your blog there?
    15 youtubes on the front page sure make for slow loading time.

    I just don’t understand why I have to pay 10 dollars for that.

    As far as not understanding why you have to pay for domain mapping here goes, We volunteers cannot deal with policy matters. All policy matters must be dealt with by staff. Tomorrow when support is open you can send in a feedback and ask staff this question.

    #122879

    Ehm, I left Blogger with my gaming site crew. ;) My personal blog is still at Blogger. The question is just how long it will still be…^^

    Okay, maybe I’ll ask them although there is no sence. They won’t change their minds because of me. But I think it’s a little bit strange that other Blog providers make that for free.

    #122880

    timethief
    Member

    Blogger is owned by Google. The Google corporation is huge and rich perhaps this is a factor. ;)

    #122881

    Thought that already, too…

    #122882

    raincoaster
    Member

    I think WordPress.com wants to encourage people to register their domains through them, and at fifteen dollars for both the name and the switch in blog URL it’s not a bad deal. Being in control of a lot of domain names is politically important (just ask the Verizon lobbyists). If you buy your name elsewhere yeah, you have to pay twice: once to the registrar and once to WordPress.

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