Secure custom domains sub domain pointing to external site?

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  • #3019914

    Dear Team,

    How to secure custom domains sub domain pointing to external site? I did a vast search, still I was unable to fine answer. Please help!

    Thank you, Sarav
    https://en.support.wordpress.com/domains/map-subdomain/#scenario3

    The blog I need help with is iamsarav.com.

    #3020046

    Hello there,

    I would be happy to help :)

    To begin, please note that mapping a subdomain is a paid upgrade that can be purchased here https://wordpress.com/domains/manage

    What is the external site that you would like to point your custom subdomain to? Also, what is the subdomain that you are looking to use? Is the subdomain registered here or somewhere else? Is it a subdomain of your site iamsarav.com?

    Pointing your subdomain to an external sites can be a bit tricky – the actual CNAME will differ depending on what sort of site you want to point your subdomain to. The best way to figure it out is to check the support documentation or contact support staff at the site you are wanting to point your subdomain to.

    #3020119

    Hi, thanks for the help.

    Let me explain the scenario…. iamsarav.com is registered with WordPress.com. WordPress allows to create sub domain for every registered domain and map to a different wordpress site or external site. For example if I create abc.iamsarav.com and map to my tumblr blog, it will work perfectly and I am good with it.

    MY ASK is: How to secure abc.iamsarav.com? Is there an easy option or should we go with external providers to secure all sub-domains that are pointing to external sites.

    Hope my question is clear now.

    Thank you,
    Sarav

    #3020130

    sstabrizi
    Staff

    Hi @pendownmythought,

    MY ASK is: How to secure abc.iamsarav.com? Is there an easy option or should we go with external providers to secure all sub-domains that are pointing to external sites.

    Am I right that what you are asking here is how to provide security (i.e. SSL) for the subdomains? If so, I can tell you that any of the subdomains pointing to WordPress.com sites are secured for you. WordPress.com handles Security and SSL Certificates for all sites hosted on their servers. If the subdomains are pointing to a third party server, security would be handled on the other end. For example, if the subdomain is pointed to your tumblr blog, you’d need to check tubmlr to find out what security is provided on their end. If you are pointing a subdomain to a hosting provider where you have created another site, you can check with your hosting provider about security on their servers or adding an SSL that would cover subdomain encryption.

    Is that more along the lines of what you are asking? Feel free to follow up if you have further questions or if clarification is needed.

    #3020144

    Am I right that what you are asking here is how to provide security (i.e. SSL) for the subdomains? If so, I can tell you that any of the subdomains pointing to WordPress.com sites are secured for you. WordPress.com handles Security and SSL Certificates for all sites hosted on their servers. If the subdomains are pointing to a third party server, security would be handled on the other end. For example, if the subdomain is pointed to your tumblr blog, you’d need to check tubmlr to find out what security is provided on their end. If you are pointing a subdomain to a hosting provider where you have created another site, you can check with your hosting provider about security on their servers or adding an SSL that would cover subdomain encryption.

    Is that more along the lines of what you are asking? Feel free to follow up if you have further questions or if clarification is needed.

    Yes, thanks for the update. I point my sub-domains to different service providers like blogger, tumblr and so on. What I found was using cloud flare is a solution to secure all domains whereas it asks me to update the nameservers in wordpress.com. Is it a good idea to update wordpress.com default nameservers?

    What do you suggest?

    Thanks,
    Sarav

    #3020160

    sstabrizi
    Staff

    Is it a good idea to update wordpress.com default nameservers?

    That’s really up to you, but it’s going to make things a little more complicated. As long as your subdomains are pointed to sites like Blogger and Tumblr your sites should be covered by their internal security measures, much like you are here at WordPress.com.

    If you do update the nameservers to point to Cloudflare, however, you’ll have to map your main domain back to WordPress.com and your subdomains to their respective sites. Cloudflare provides some instructions for doing this here.

    While I’m not a security expert, based on what I am understanding about your situation, I would think that adding Cloudflare when you are already using secure sites is a little redundant and unnecessary.

    Hope that helps!

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