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[closed] Domain Mapping and WordPress.com (5 posts)

  1. Mucker
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I am an IT administrator and have been for years. I set up networks, DNS and all kinds of stuff like that.

    I understand how the domain mapping works but if you read the documentation and you host YOUR OWN MU site it says you need to edit your DNS zone and create an A or CNAME record to point your IP address.

    The information I am struggling to find is why WordPress.com say that in order to use the domain mapping part of their services you must change your name servers to them?? What is the reason for this?

    I mean if I control my own domain and point the A record to their IP address it will achieve the same thing...At least from the documentation I have read. What are the extra steps they must do that you can't do by yourself but requires them to control your domain? Any ideas...

  2. @mercime
    Volunteer Moderator
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Mucker, the WordPress.com forums are at http://en.forums.wordpress.com/
    WordPress.com reserves the right to administer the blogs/sites hosted there as they see fit.

    This forum is for self-hosted WordPress installs where you can basically do whatever you want with your installations.

  3. Mucker
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Ok thanks for....wrong place to post it then.

  4. (reopening for clarification)

    If you are domain mapping your domain to a WordPress.COM site then you use their information.

    If you are hosting your OWN WordPress install, have multisite enabled, and want to domain map your own domains to THAT install, you use this plugin:
    http://wordpress.org/extend/plugins/wordpress-mu-domain-mapping/

    While multisite works like wordpress.com, when it is your own install, it's still your own. make sure you're reading the right information.

    Also, it's quite common to change the nameservers on your domain to where you are hosted. this isn't giving "them" control. It's telling DNS servers everywhere what server that domain lives on.

  5. It;s also easier for users to understand, changing nameservers instead of A records or CNAMES.

    And yes, you can still host domain in multisite that way - if you set up your server right, which wp.com has done.

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