Domain mapping and using your own domain

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Edublogs Pro users can have their own custom domain names at no extra charge!

And it’s easy to use a custom domain name with your Edublogs blog (such as myblog.com in place of myblog.edublogs.org).

Edublogs supports several options for custom domain mapping:

1) Full-domain mapping (e.g. ourblog.com)
2) Sub-domain mapping (e.g. theblog.oursite.com)

In order to have either of these working correctly you need to:

  1. Purchase your own domain name
  2. Be able to access the DNS settings for your domain

If you do not currently own a Domain Name, GoDaddy is a great place to purchase one.

Full-Domain Mapping:

1) Log into your DNS control panel or send a support request to your registrar (the company or organiztion you’ve purchased the domain name from)

2)  Add the following three IP Addresses as separate A Records: 66.135.49.219, 66.135.49.226 and 66.135.49.227

  • It is important that you add all three IPs as separate A records, and that they are the only A records for your root domain

Here’s how to set up your domain mapping using GoDaddy

1.  Log into your GoDaddy Account

2.  Click on Launch next to Domains.

3.  Click on your domain name.

Click on your domain name

4.  Click on DNS Zone File tab.

DNS Zone File

5.  Click on Edit.

Click on Edit

6.  Click edit in the @ row under A (Host)

7.  Change Points to 66.135.49.219

8.  Click on Quick Add and add Host @ Points to 66.135.49.226

9.  Then add a third A record by clicking on Quick Add and add add Host @ Points to 66.135.49.227 

10.  Now click Save Zone

9.  Next you will see a Confirm message and you just need to click OK to confirm these changes.

  • Changing the DNS records is normally fairly quick however it can take up to 48 hours
  • You’ll know if it is correctly configured if you click on your domain and it takes you to the Edublogs sign up page.

Add domain to your blog

1.  Once you have checked that your domain is correctly configured.

2.  Log into your blog.

3.  Go to Tools > Domain Mapping

Domain mapping

3.  Insert your domain name and click Add

Add your domain name

Click on your blog title to make sure your blog URL is now your domain name and your blog is loading.

  • It may take 24-48 hours for these DNS changes to propagate across the internet, so please be patient while this happens.
  • Do not add your domain to your blog until it is properly configured or you will not be able to access blog.
  • Please check details are correct in your GoDaddy account if your domain is still redirecting you back to the GoDaddy domain page after 1 hour

Sub-domain mapping

1) Log into your DNS control panel or send a support request to your registrar (the company or organization you’ve purchased the domain name from)

2) Add a CNAME record for your subdomain (e.g. ourblog.oursite.com) to point to sb.edublogs.org

Please note that it may take 24-48 hours for these DNS changes to propagate across the internet, so please be patient while this happens – you may see errors or not be able to access your blog during this period (but odds are it’ll just be a matter of an hour or two).

Once you’ve done this follow the instructions above to add the domain to your blog.

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