Confused on a couple issues.

Hello,

We are getting our site setup and currently have one sub-site. I am getting ready to install the Domain Mapping plugin and was asked a question that I could not answer so here it is...

The sub-site is a team site and can be accessed using sub-directory, since I have not installed the domain mapping plugin. I am currently verifying if we have a dedicated IP at the moment.

Our top level site is http://www.cyclistzone.com
Our sub site is http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling

First question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed the sub site will become http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/ and we will no longer be able to access the site with http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling. Is that correct?

Second question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed can a team site get their own domain like http://www.vozcycling.com and use it? If so, will you still be able to access the website with http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/?

This is all so confusing to me so if anyone that can clear this up for me I would greatly appreciate it!

Thanks,
Rhek

  • PC
    • WPMU DEV Initiate

    Hello Rhek,

    As per my understanding


    First question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed the sub site will become http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/ and we will no longer be able to access the site with http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling. Is that correct?

    One the domain mapping plugin is installed, the subsite will still be http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling as you seem to be using a subdirectory install and not a subdomain install for multisite. However whatever domain is mapped to it, It would be accessible by both the ways, i.e. http://www.thedomainmappedtoit.com and http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling

    Second question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed can a team site get their own domain like http://www.vozcycling.com and use it? If so, will you still be able to access the website with http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/?

    Yes, a team site will get their own domain and use it alternatively, the website would be accessed by http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling and not with http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com as explained earlier that you are using Subdirectory install.

    I am still waiting for our support champs to review my suggestion before we can stamp it to be correct.

    @Joe @Arun @Gina, Could you please review my suggestion ?

    Cheers,
    PC

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Hey Rhek.

    First question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed the sub site will become http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/ and we will no longer be able to access the site with http://www.cyclistzone.com/vozcycling. Is that correct?

    I'm confused here.

    So you are using subfolder installs.... But then you will map sub domains of the main domain to the subfolder?

    If that is the case then why not just install your website as a sub domain install and set up a wild card domain.

    Then its done for you.

    Just seems you might be going the long way about this.

    The Domain Mapping plugin will let you map a sub domain and full domain (TLD) to a sub blog.

    But ya what ever is mapped in will be the one used to access the site. You can still enter the main WP url and it will forward in.

    Depending on your admin settings, the user could access the admin on both the default url and mapped url. You can find more info on that here:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/domain-mapping/installation/

    Second question - Once the domain mapping plugin is installed can a team site get their own domain like http://www.vozcycling.com and use it? If so, will you still be able to access the website with http://vozcycling.cyclistzone.com/?

    Sure you can map in any top level domain or sub domain to a sub site within your WordPress multisite install.

    Here is an example:

    NetworkDomain.com
    -- subsite1.networkdomain.com
    -- subsite2.networkdomain.com
    -- subsite3.networkdomain.com

    Lets say you want to map TLD to subsite2 and a subdomain to subsite3:

    NetworkDomain.com
    -- subsite1.networkdomain.com
    -- subsite2.networkdomain.com <-- NewDomain.com
    -- subsite3.networkdomain.com <-- subsite3.newdomain.com

    So then those sub sites will be accessible through those mapped domains. You could still access them on the WordPress URLs but that will forward in.

    Is that making more sense for you?

    Let me know.

    Excellent support again there @PC Thanks!

  • Tien
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hi,

    Thanks for checking up on me! Still working through this. Just received an email from psek and they said everything should be setup correctly. So I am going to give this a go in the next few days I see if I can get it working. Had a couple other issues I needed to work on the last day or so.

    I will let you know how this all works out!

    Thanks,
    Rhek

  • Tien
    • Site Builder, Child of Zeus

    Hi,

    psek said it was not dedicated, but it would work because of the way it was setup. I am really new to all this so I will give it a try and see what happens. My install was through WPMU special so Buddypress, mulitisite, bbPress, and all the plugins and themes were preinstalled so hopefully it will work.

    Thanks,
    Rhek

  • Timothy
    • Chief Pigeon

    Wild cards should work for you just fine.

    But domain name mapping will not without a dedicated IP unless you use addon/parked domains (cPanel).

    The reason for that is you have those domain names add an A Record which points to your IP. If the IP is not on your install then it just doesn't work.

    If you don't want use A Records then you should be fine.

    Take care.

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