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[resolved] domain mapping how-to video? Help! :) (40 posts)

  1. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    oh... my... crappo...

    Its probably relatively easy but i am getting a headache.

    i've made it up to the domain mapping portion of the process and i'm stumped...the infamous wall has formed in front of me.

    Is there a goood how-to video out there on mapping? i checked youtube and i can only find foreign language related videos. uuuuuggghhh.

    OR

    Andrea...want a Benjamin donation? 20' on the phone will do me wonders!!!!!

  2. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    ::self helping:: still have a Question.

    when it comes to changing the DNS records of the parked domain, the Registrar (godaddy) has these 3 boxes to fill out:

    1. Enter an Alias Name ______________
    2. Points to Host Name ______________
    3. TTL (this one i got!) ::gulp::

    What the heck to i put in options 1 and 2?

    For 1, do i put parkedSite.mainSite.com?
    And 2, do i put the mainsite.com? (which is the A record)

    ::pulling hair out:: I've attempted to make sense of the slideshow...but it all breaks down for me at this point in the process

  3. John Beales
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You might not have to change the DNS records of the parked domain. So long as the A record for the parked domain, (the one you want to map to parkedSite.mainSite.com), points to the server that has your 3.0 Multisite install, I would expect that your DNS good to go.

    What you do have to do is somehow tell that server what to do when a request comes in for your parked domain. In my case I used cPanel to set it up as an addon domain and set the home directory as the same as the main domain. This seems to be working for me, (I'm a bit strange in that my "main" WP domain is not the main domain of my cPanel account - otherwise parking should work fine).

  4. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    ok...did as suggested:

    So long as the A record for the parked domain, (the one you want to map to parkedSite.mainSite.com), points to the server that has your 3.0 Multisite install, I would expect that your DNS good to go.

    notta yet....just goes to a blank page...maybe it takes time.

  5. John Beales
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Does it go to a blank blank page, or a "there's no site here yet" type of page? If it's the latter then your DNS has probably propagated, you but you need to tell the server that requests for mappeddomain.com should go to the WP install, (and unfortunately, on GoDaddy, I'm not sure how to do that). On cPanel that would be the parked domain bit.

  6. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Its the former... Still a blank page. Crappo. Time to sleep on it. Thanks for the help thus far Johnny B Good. :: raising glass::

    In case this helps any guru's:

    Registrar of the parked domain is GoDaddy
    Host of WP 3.0 Multisite is MediaTemple

  7. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    A DNS change can take up to 24-48 hours. Usually it takes a few hours.

  8. A blank white page? Then that's a php error.

    If your domain is on godaddy and the site is also on godaddy - then it's pretty instant. Especially with A records, you can knock the ttl down to 15 mins at GD.

  9. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    ahhh, the Oracle.

    Registrar of the parked domain is GoDaddy
    Host of WP 3.0 Multisite is MediaTemple

    The parked domain is on godaddy. The site is hosted on Media Temple

  10. Yes, don't use GoDaddy's parking feature. :) Cpanle has a parking feature as well.

    On MT it's a little more involved.

    On the Godaddy side, go into the Total DNS area and make the A record point to the IP address of your MT account.

    On the MT side, you need to login via ssh and create a symlink.
    http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/63/Pointing+Multiple+Domains+to+the+Same+Alternate+Domain+Folder

    If you're on a higher level than (ss) or (gs) let me know, as the process for that is slightly different.

  11. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Yes, don't use GoDaddy's parking feature.

    Wilco. So under Godaddy's "set name servers" is shows 4 options:

    1. I want to park my domains.
    2. I want to forward my domains.
    3. I have a hosting account with these domains.
    4. I have specific nameservers for my domains.

    Which should i use?

    On the Godaddy side, go into the Total DNS area and make the A record point to the IP address of your MT account.

    got it and its looks like this:

    Hostname: @
    Points to ip Address: 123.456.789.987 (of course not REALLY those #'s)

    On the MT side, you need to login via ssh and create a symlink.
    http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/63/Pointing+Multiple+Domains+to+the+Same+Altern

    Working on that right now. And yep, i'm on the GS.

    Mucho, Mucho Thanks

  12. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    bout ready to call uncle... and do this the "old fashion way."

    On the MT side, you need to login via ssh and create a symlink.
    http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/63/Pointing+Multiple+Domains+to+the+Sam

    After doing this and attempting to map the domain (see below)... within WP, I get a Forbidden 403.

    Add new domain
    http://newdomain.com/
    (checked)Primary domain for this blog

    [ADD]

    Anyone know of a fee based guru i can lean on via phone? (i feel dumb) grrrr.

  13. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    I too had this forbidden error. It happens if you are on a shared server which means you are sharing your ip with a number of other domains.

    If you are on a shared hosting server you need to register your domain with this hoster. Then you can point the domain to the folder with your multisite install. From an external host it's not possible to address the shared server via IP.

  14. I'm working on this today for someone else. :-/

  15. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    If you are on a shared hosting server you need to register your domain with this hoster. Then you can point the domain to the folder with your multisite install. From an external host it's not possible to address the shared server via IP.

    Hmmm. I figured that even on a shared host, I still had my ip zone for dns settings.

    If what u say is accurate cinematic, that's a major draw back.

  16. He doesn't mean register, he means park. His answer is inaccurate.

    Yes, I have done domain mapping on a shared IP.

  17. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @Andrea do you say you succeeded mapping a domain to a shared server via IP if the domain was parked on an external server? How did you accomplish this if you don't have an own IP? I think a few hoster allow buying an own IP (my hoster doesn't have this feature). But without an own IP I am always getting the "403 forbidden error" if I enter an IP of a shared server in the A record of an external parked domain.

    I succeeded with domain mapping on a shared Server only if the domain was parked on this server. Here I could redirect the domain to the folder with my wordpress multisite install and could map the domain this way (no IP settings involved).

    (btw I am not a he but a she ;))

  18. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    OMG it works !!! I stand corrected. All I had to do was entering a CNAME record for the domain I want to map on my shared server. I entered the domain pointing it at the folder of my multisite installation.

    I found it out by googling about 403, domain mapping and shared ip. Again it was andrea who made the penny drop for me here: http://musupport.net/index.php?topic=129.0 Thanks again! :)

  19. Sorry, hard to tell with the avatar (happens to me to and I have a pic! :D )

    Anyway! glad you got it sorted. yep, CNAMES work dandy.

  20. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @cinematic - did you change the A record in Godaddy at all?

    and, did you point the godaddy nameserver to your otherhosts shared ip?

    Thanks. :)

  21. @vitamin - you don't change the nameservers, the A record has priority.

  22. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Thanks for hangin in there with me Andrea.

    i will ONLY changed the A record (see below, copy/paste) nothing else..no cname no notta.

    ARecord @ 205.186.183.248

    I'm working on this today for someone else. :-/

    did you get that figured out? i still get the 403 and being so green, i figured I've jacked something up

    primary site hosted on MT: vitavibrations.com
    add-on site (forbidden error): magicalunderground.com

  23. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    @vitamineg
    yes, as Andrea suggested I only changed the A-record at godaddy (A Record pointing at the IP of my shared server)

    Now you need to tell your shared server where to send the request to if somebody enters the new domain in the browser. At my ISP I have the option to enter a CNAME record for a domainname pointing it to the root where my multisite installation is (even though the domain is parked with godaddy). So you would need to tell your server where to send requests asking for magicalunderground.com. Something like cname magicalunderground.com pointing to your multisite install.

    I am afraid every ISP handles such options differently. If it doesn't work I would ask your ISP about the options you have. Once you have entered the domain information it should work ...

  24. @vitamineg - are you on the grid server or (ss) ? Then you absolutely have to login via a terminal and create a symlink.

  25. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    You wrote your multisite is hosted at media temple. Maybe this article helps ...
    http://knol.google.com/k/brandon-hubbard/create-a-cname-record-for-your/3dla21ghoafbk/5#

    It should work the same way with your multisite install and godaddy domain

  26. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    i made the symlink a couple days ago as suggested... and now gettng the 403.

    i changed the A record on Godaddy which points to my MT account DNS

    Anyway, i really appreciate the both of you...cinematic and andrea.

    I must be missing something and/or not getting the big picture.

    If either of you two want to make an easy $100, email me. If not, i'm off to odesk. :)

    cheers,

    Paul
    paul@vitavibrations.com

  27. cinematic
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    Hi Paul, I would really like to help you but I am pretty unexperienced with server configurations and have no idea what symlinks are :). I found my solution by trial and error only. Hope Andrea will jump in. I trust she will know the solution :)

  28. @cinematic - I'm very familiar with domain mappng at MT. :)

    http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/63/Pointing+Multiple+Domains+to+the+Same+Alternate+Domain+Folder is the article needed, which was done already.

    i changed the A record on Godaddy which points to my MT account DNS

    Is the main domain you have at MT that one where the network install is?

    If not, that's probably it.

    I'm alreayd being paid to figure this out for someone else on the (vs) where the process is slightly different.

    Not my favorite host to map domains on. :)

  29. vitamineg
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    http://kb.mediatemple.net/questions/63/Pointing+Multiple+Domains+to+the+Same+Alternate+Domain+Folder is the article needed, which was done already.

    Yes.

    Is the main domain you have at MT that one where the network install is?

    Yes.

    @cinematic: Thanks anyways. :)

  30. When I go to 205.186.183.248 I get a blank white screen. I should see vitavibrations.com.

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