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  • 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 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…

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  • @mercime


    Volunteer Moderator

    Mucker, the forums are at 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.

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

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    (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:

    While multisite works like, 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.

    Andrea Rennick


    Customer Care at Copyblogger Media and Studiopress

    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 has done.

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