Domain mapping and using your own domain

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Your Edublogs.org blog comes with a free address like myblog.edublogs.org.  You can remove the .edublogs.org part and use your own custom domain like myblog.com or  myblog.oursite.com using domain mapping.

To set up custom domain mapping you need to:

  1. Purchase your own domain name from a domain hosting company.  Custom domains start from around $10 per year.
  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.

These instructions refer to domain mapping an Edublogs.org blog.  Please contact your blog support team or Edublogs support if you are using a CampusPress blog and want to domain map your blog.

Setting up your domain mapping

1.  Purchase your new domain from a domain hosting company like GoDaddy.

2.  Log into your blog.

3.  Go to Tools > Domain Mapping

Domain mapping

4.  Enter your new domain under Custom domain and then click  Add.

Add your domain

5.   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)

6.  Configure your DNS records using the DNS configuration information on your domain mapping page.

Below is an example of the records you should see if you have purchased the domain:

DNS configuration

Here’s how to configure your domain if you are using GoDaddy

1.  Log into your GoDaddy Account

2.  Go to your Domains page.

3.  Click on your domain name.

Click on your domain name

4.  Click on DNS Zone File tab.

DNS Zone File

5.  Click the Edit icon in the @ row under A (Host)

Click on Edit

6.  Change Points to the A record IP address shown on your domain mapping page and then click Finish.

Add your new A record

7.  Scroll down to www. under CName (Alias) and click on the Edit icon.

Click on Edit

8.  Change Points to  the CName record shown on your domain mapping page and then click Finish.

  • Please note the CName should be added exactly as shown on your domain mapping page i.e. typed with the dot on the end of dm.edublogs.org. – GoDaddy doesn’t allow you to use the dot of the end of the CName which is why it isn’t shown in the example below.
  • If you can’t add the CName with the dot then try again without the dot at the end of dm.edublogs.org.

Add the CName record

9.  Now click Save Changes.

Click Save Changes

9.  Next you will see a message confirming the DNS records have been updated.

  • Changing the DNS records is normally fairly quick however it can take up to 48 hours.

10.  Go to Tools > Domain Mapping inside your dashboard.

Domain mapping

11.  Click on Activate.

Click on Activate

12.  If your domain has finished propagating it will automatically be activated and your blog will automatically redirect to your new domain.

13.  If your domain hasn’t finished propagating you will see a message saying how much longer you need to wait.

Here is what the message looks like:

Message

14.  This means you need to return to Tools > Domain Mapping and click Activate after that many minutes or hours.

Please contact Edublogs support if you need assistance configuring your domain.

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