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What is Domain Mapping? **

Domain mapping, simply put, is deciding where visitors should be directed when they visit various pieces of your website. Domains and subdomains can be mapped directly to folders located within your Emory Domains webhosting account, where you may have installed WordPress, Omeka, MediaWiki, or other web applications. Domains and subdomains can also be mapped to some third-party providers. Because one key purpose of the Domain of One's Own project is for you to learn about owning and hosting your own domain and web presence, including content hosted by third-party companies, we encourage experimenting with mapping domains and subdomains to third-party services as needed.

We have created a series of instructions documenting how to map your subdomains to popular third-party services:

Map Your Domain to Weebly

In order to map your domain onto Weebly, you will first need to pay Weebly for a Starter, Pro, or Business account because they do not allow domain mapping to their free service. (If you want to stick with free Weebly, then you can still redirect your domain but not map it.) Consult the Weebly help page on domain mapping for information from their end about redirecting the nameservers.

Once you've built a site at Weebly and paid for a premium account, go to Emory Domains and log in to your account with your Emory NetID and password. Once you are redirected to your cPanel, use the search feature in the top right panel. Click the Search box and type DNS. As you type, the cPanel page will begin to narrow down results. Find and click on Advanced DNS Zone Editor to continue.

You can map either your entire domain or just a subdomain. If you want the latter, first set up the subdomain you want to map. Find the domain, or subdomain, you want to map to Weebly in the list of Zone File Records. Under the “Action” column, click Edit.

When you click on the edit button, a window will expand under that record. Leave the name and TTL records as they are, and make sure that A is listed as the record type (it should be the default setting so you probably won't change it, but just confirm). In the text box for address, replace the default address with Weebly's address (199.34.228.59). Then click the blue “edit record” button to save your changes.

You'll want to repeat the process for both the domain or subdomain you're mapping and the same domain or subdomain with “www.” in front of it. In the sample pictures above, I'd need to reset the A records for both weebly.davidmorgen.org and www.weebly.davidmorgen.org.

Once you've changed both A records, it can take up to 48 hours for all the servers to fully update (though it rarely takes more than an hour or two). The domain will not start working until their updates are complete.

Once you've made the changes, make sure to assign the domain to your site in the Weebly editor. If you've completed the process and it doesn't work, contact Emory Domains support and we'll help you.

Map Your Domain to Tumblr

Mapping your domain is an important part of Domain of One's Own; it reinforces the idea that you don't necessary need to host all your own applications. You should, however, be mindful of making your web presences part of a domain you control. If you would like to map a subdomain and have not yet created it, use this tutorial on creating subdomains before proceeding. To map your domain, or a subdomain, to Tumblr, use these steps:

  1. To get started you'll need to login to your control panel by going to the UMW Domains homepage and clicking Login.

    umwdomains homepage

  2. Here you'll login with the username and password that was provided to you with the Welcome email during the signup process.

    umwdomains.com log in

  3. Once logged in you'll be at the homepage of your control panel. The easiest way to navigate the panel is using the search feature in the top right panel. Click the Search box and type "DNS" (without the quotes). As you type, the cPanel page will begin to narrow down results. Find and click on Advanced DNS Zone Editor to continue.

    Advanced DNS Zone Editor

  4. Find the domain, or subdomain, you want to map to Tumblr in the list of Zone File Records. Under the "Action" column, click Edit.

    Edit DNS Record

  5. Leave the Name, and TTL fields set to their defaults. Update the Type drop-down menu to CNAME, and the Address field to domains.tumblr.com. Click Edit record when you are done.

    Update Address

  6. Visit the Tumblr website, and login with your Tumblr username and password.

    Tumblr login

  7. After logging in, click the Tumblr Settings icon.

    Tumblr settings

  8. Select the Tumblog you'd like to use from the left column, then check the Use a custom domain name checkbox. Type the name of the domain or subdomain you want to map to Tumblr into the box, then click Test your domain.

    Tumblr custom domain setup

  9. If your domain mapping was successful, you'll see a message that your domain is now pointing to Tumblr. Click the Save button before leaving the page. Keep in mind that it may take up to 72 hours for your domain or subdomain to correctly point all visitors to the correct location.

    Tumblr domain setup success

Map your domain to Blogger

Mapping your domain is an important part of Domain of One's Own; it reinforces the idea that you don't necessary need to host all your own applications. You should, however, be mindful of making your web presences part of a domain you control. If you would like to map a subdomain and have not yet created it, use this tutorial on creating subdomains before proceeding. To map your domain, or a subdomain, to Blogger, use these steps:

  1. To get started you'll need to login to your control panel by going to the UMW Domains homepage and clicking Login.

    umwdomains homepage

  2. Here you'll login with the username and password that was provided to you with the Welcome email during the signup process.

    umwdomains.com log in

  3. Once logged in you'll be at the homepage of your control panel. The easiest way to navigate the panel is using the search feature in the top right panel. Click the Search box and type "DNS" (without the quotes). As you type, the cPanel page will begin to narrow down results. Find and click on Advanced DNS Zone Editor to continue.

    Advanced DNS Zone Editor

  4. Find the domain, or subdomain, you want to map to Blogger in the list of Zone File Records. Under the "Action" column, click Edit.

    Select Zone File Record

  5. Leave the Name and TTL fields set to their defaults. Update the Type field to CNAME, and the Address field to ghs.google.com. Click Edit record when you are done. Keep this window open; you will need it in later steps.

    Blogger DNS Setup

  6. In a new window or tab, go to the Blogger website, and log in with your Blogger / Google username and password.

    Blogger Login

  7. From your Blogger Dashboard, find the blog you'd like to use, expand the More Options menu, and click Settings.

    Blogger Settings

  8. On the "Basic Settings" page, find the Publishing section, and click the Add a custom domain link.

    Blogger Custom Domain

  9. Under "Advanced Settings," type the full subdomain or domain you are mapping into the box, leave the Use missing files host? option set to no, then click Save.

    Blogger Custom Domain

  10. You will be presented with a message that your domain cannot be verified, along with information about your existing DNS entry, and an additional DNS entry that needs to be made. This is normal. Copy the second entry under the "Name, Label, or Host entry" to your clipboard.

    Blogger Copy DNS Name

  11. Go back to the window or tab containing the "Advanced DNS Zone Editor" in your UMW Domains cPanel. In the "Add a Record" section, paste the text you just copied into the Name field. This information will be different for each domain. Set the TTL field to 14400, and the Type drop-down menu to CNAME.

    Paste DNS Name

  12. Go back to the window or tab containing the Blogger Advanced settings panel, and copy the second entry under the "Destination, Target, or Points to" column to your clipboard.

    Blogger DNS Destination

  13. Go back to the window or tab containing the "Advanced DNS Zone Editor" in your UMW Domains cPanel. In the "Add a Record" section, paste the text you just copied into the CNAME field. This information will be different for each domain. Click Add record when you are done.

    Paste DNS Destination

  14. Return to the window or tab containing the Blogger Advanced settings panel, and click Save

    Blogger Save Settings

  15. If everything was successful, your domain will now appear as the Blog Address. Keep in mind that it may take up to 72 hours for your domain or subdomain to correctly point all visitors to the correct location.

    Domain Map Successful

domain_management/what_is_domain_mapping.txt · Last modified: 2015/06/04 19:25 (external edit)