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:
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 (126.96.36.199). 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.
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:
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: