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domain mapping in simplest terms... (6 posts)

  1. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    hi, i may be being some kind of dunce here but i'm having a really hard time getting my head around how to set up domain mapping for my network...

    "A" names and "C" names are pretty confusing as is the order in which you're supposed to do stuff. are you supposed to park a domain or addon a domain? seriously, i know a fair amount about web design and development and i'm quite happy poking about on servers but this plugin and all the tutorials out there that are supposed to walk you through it aren't really all that helpful.

    is there anyone on here who can put together an absolute, step by step idiot's guide to configuring this bad boy?

    my main confusion arises as to when i should point my domain to the new blog and what ip address i should use as the one defined as "A" name on my domain registrar is NOT the same as the one defined in my cpanel dashboard. confusion reigns.

    sometimes i'll find a forum thread somewhere where someone's had the same issue and they've figured it and helpfully declared it solved without bothering to tell anyone how they did it!

    any help on this would be greatly appreciated, i've got a couple of issues to resolve with this plugin and buddpress/s2member registration set up and then i can hopefully go live. :D

    thanks in advance, jack.

  2. "A" names and "C" names are pretty confusing as is the order in which you're supposed to do stuff. are you supposed to park a domain or addon a domain?

    It;s either or, not both. In both cases,. You EITHER park a domain OR you use an add-on domain.

    You EITHER use an A reocrd OR you use a CNAME.

    my main confusion arises as to when i should point my domain to the new blog and what ip address i should use as the one defined as "A" name on my domain registrar is NOT the same as the one defined in my cpanel dashboard. confusion reigns.

    You go change the IP address at your domain registrar to use the one at your webhost. This is how you tell the mapped domain to go to that IP address to go look for content.

    This is the tutorial:
    http://ottopress.com/2010/wordpress-3-0-multisite-domain-mapping-tutorial/

    If you can;t follow that, hire someone.

  3. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    thanks :D i was working from the ottopress tute but ran into a little terminological confusion!

    ok, so i need to go to my registrar and update the ip address in the A name record to point to my site with the network; then i need to park a domain on the blog that i want to map the domain to; go to the dashboard of the sub-blog i'm mapping a domain to and set the primary domain to the domain who's details i've changed at the registrar? is that correct?

    thanks again. jack

  4. yep.

  5. theotherlebowski
    Member
    Posted 3 years ago #

    one last quick question to clear things up! do i have to change the name servers that the domain name's pointing to those of the new site or does the ip address in the A name take care of that.

    fingers crossed that's the last of it! i'll need to write a little how to guide for my members on how to sort out their domain names to point to their new blogs so it's best that i'm 100% clear in my own skull about how it works. i think i got it though, we'll see soon...

    thanks for your help andrea. :D

  6. It works exactly the same way it does if your users were on wordpress.COM and do the domain mapping upgrade there.

    No, you do not need to change nameservers.

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