I have a URL redirect problem and can't figure out how to solve it because I don't really understand CNAMEs, etc. I've tried reading about this but it's all a muddle, so I hope someone on the forums can help.
Here's what I want to happen: Visitors to <blog.williamalba.com>, <www.williamalba.com>, or <williamalba.com> arrive at <wlva.wordpress.com> and see <blog.williamalba.com> in their browser.
On my 1and1.com control panel for <williamalba.com>, after creating subdomains "blog" and "www", last night I created a CNAME alias in the <blog.williamalba.com> entry: <wlva.wordpress.com>. I also paid $13 (per year) to WordPress.com for the subdomain redirect. In other words, I followed the directions for subdomain redirect as provided by WordPress.com, and everything works exactly as it should for the blog.williamalba.com redirect. (Yay!)
I also created CNAME aliases for <www.williamalba.com> and <williamalba.com> to point to: <blog.williamalba.com>. However, visitors to those to URLs don't arrive at <blog.williamalba.com>. Mysteriously, those redirects do work properly for me on the computer where I performed the above operations. But if I use a different device, the visitor arrives at a generic landing page (?!).
At first I thought the problem is that it takes time for names to propagate. When I check the CNAME on <www.whatsmydns.net> for <www.williamalba.com>, it does mostly return <blog.williamalba.com>, which looks fine. However, when I check the CNAME for <williamalba.com>, I get a bunch of errors.
Do I need to change some entry in <blog.williamalba.com> to "accept" the redirects? After all, presumably some setting was changed at WordPress.com when I paid $13 even after I changed the CNAME for <blog.williamalba.com>. Or maybe I should be instead do a "Frame redirect" or "HTTP redirect" for <williamalba.com> and <www.williamalba.com>?
Background motivation: Currently I want all three URLs to land at <wlva.wordpress.com> while displaying the >blog.williamalba.com> URL. For the future I'd like to reserve the possibility of building a separate landing page for the www subdomain and bare domain.
If my situation is too complicated, it seems to me I could ask WordPress for a "do-over" before 48 hours have passed, and perform a domain redirect (instead of a subdomain redirect). If I understand correctly, that means any address of the form williamalba.com or *.williamalba.com would display the <williamalba.com> URL and the material on my WordPress.com blog. However, this seems I would completely yield the possibility of developing any other content on the domain outside of what I write on WordPress.com.
The blog I need help with is blog.williamalba.com.