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Using a Custom Domain

BlogSite Support
posted this on July 27, 2011 12:05 PM

Before Mapping your Domain:

If you are importing an existing WordPress site, please read our import instructions.

You need to do your import BEFORE pointing your domain.

http://myname.photographyblogsites.com

We allow any site to point to a custom domain name so that your site can become: http://myname.com. We provide this add-on service for free and it costs $10/year to own a domain name, so we recommend that everyone owns a domain name and point it to their site. Read our blog post for all the great reasons why: Domain Names: Improve Your Brand for $10 a Year.

Detailed instructions

This is fairly easy to setup, but the instructions are very specific and should be read over carefully. Pointing your domain incorrectly can interrupt your email.

 

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nintz

Does the site have to be myname.com to use myname.photographyblogsites.com? Example: I have site www.nintzgallery.com and trying to send it to use www.nintz.photographyblogsites.com, but I keep getting 301 redirect errors and it seem to me that the blog site is sending out to nintzgallery and the dns is sending to nintz.photographyblogsites.com causing a loop that never ends. 

February 06, 2012 11:54 AM
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Marty Thornley
Photography BlogSites Support

Looking at your site now, all the pages look like "http://www.nintzgallery.com/" which means you have a masked domain setup?

This is not a good way to do things as it hides all your urls from the search engines. When done properly, "http://www.nintzgallery.com/" will not have the "www" in it. We provide a 301 redirect that sends both www and non-www version of the domain to the non-www (which is how it should work - you don't want both).

Have you changed something since writing this? I am not seeing the loop you describe....

For example:

http://nintz.photographyblogsites.com/details/

Still works when you just type in the http://nintz.photographyblogsites.com/details/ address.

Check out our detailed instructions here for the full process in pointing your domain:

http://photoblogsites.zendesk.com/entries/20292768-domain-mapping

But answer the actual question... the domain name and the name.photographyblogsites.com name do not have to have anything to do with eachother. You can point any domain to any name.photographyblogsites.com subdomain.

February 06, 2012 01:28 PM
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nintz

I did go ahead and just URL Frame them to get them to work for now. I needed to be able to get to the site. Once I turn it back to the way I have my other sites and as suggested it doesn't work. I will move it back, so give it a few minutes and try again. 

February 06, 2012 01:34 PM
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nintz

Ok.. now the site is set with custom domain name of http://nintzgallery.com/

The host records are @ http://www.nintzgallery.com  - URL Redirect 

                                  www  64.64.30.150   a (address) 

This is the same setup as a few of my other sites also that are working. 

February 06, 2012 01:38 PM
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Marty Thornley
Photography BlogSites Support

Okay. I am seeing the change now and see that "www.nintzgallery.com" results in a "400 bad request" page? Is that what you are seeing? It sounds like you might need to contact your registrar for help with trouble shooting this. You can use this site "http://intodns.com/" to help list all your DNS setttings but I do not see anything that jumps out as being wrong. 

But each registrar can work slightly different, so it is best to get their assistance to make sure it is done correctly.

The first sign that it is working correctly is that when you type your domain, you end up at our main site. If you can get to that step, we can help on this end. Right now, the domain is still not pointing to us for some reason.

February 06, 2012 01:43 PM
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nintz

Ok, Thanks for the information. I have removed the custom name on the blogsites end for now until I can see the main page. At least that way I can see both ends while I am working on it. 

February 06, 2012 02:11 PM