Unable to map a Domain while have follow all the instructions

In my following created site:

http://arch.webin.pk/interform/

I am trying to map a domain but it's still showing "invalid health". I have followed the all instructions and around more then 24 hrs been passed, still the status is same.

Kindly guide me regarding this issue.

  • Vaughan

    Hi @razwanch,

    Hope you're well?

    Does your multisite have a dedicated static IP address?

    I note when I visit your site IP in the browser it points me to a default server page.

    You need to make sure you have a static address & that the documentRoot for that IP address points at your multisites documentRoot.

    You would need to contact your host and ask them to do this for you.

    Hope this helps

  • Timothy Bowers

    Hey there,

    This is the main multisite and IP address:

    http://arch.webin.pk - 162.144.103.81

    When I enter the IP address, I don't get your WordPress website. I now get some ipact site. Screenshot attached.

    So when I load this:

    http://arch.webin.pk/interform/

    I also get that ipact site. Please set the DocumentRoot so that when you load the IP address you are sent to your WordPress install. If that doesn't happen, WordPress can't see the install and thus doesn't get mapped.

    Take care.

  • Timothy Bowers

    Then you need a dedicated IP address on the sub domain. If traffic doesn't reach your WordPress site through the IP address, you can't use A Records.

    https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/CKB/How+to+Assign+Dedicated+IP+Addresses+to+Subdomains

    The other option is to add the domains to your server, if you're using cPanel these are called parked domains. Basically you can set the DocumentRoot so all traffic is routed through to the required site.

    https://documentation.cpanel.net/display/ALD/Parked+Domains

    Take care.

  • razwanch

    Got you Timothy, Mean for each my multisite network If I am using them on sub-domains I need a separate dedicate IP to access the root, fine.

    I chooses the second option to park the domain, now I want my http://arch.webin.pk/interform/ sub site get mapped with rodzmag.com and I parked the rodzmag.com from webin.pk cPanel, now if I browse the rodzmag.com it shows the webin.pk landing page but still in domain mapping its showing a invalid status. A little more guidance required, now where I am wrong.

    Thanks for all your support.

  • Timothy Bowers

    Hey again.

    Whilst creating the parked domain for rodzmag.com the DocumentRoot still needs to be that of your multisite install, so if your multisite install is:

    /public_html/subdomain/

    That's the DocumentRoot. On my install if I have multiple sites on one cPanel account I wouldn't install them in the public_html, I'd give them their own folder, for example:

    /subdomains/sitename.domain.com/

    I've included a screenshot of my install to demonstrate.

    On my sandbox install the main site is in the public_html folder. I used an addon domain originally, I've included a screenshot of that to show what I did. Of course yours isn't in the public_html, but I'm hoping this demonstrates about paths.

    Take care.

  • razwanch

    I removed from park domain because it was not allowing me to edit the path, then I added it in addon domain and now its working excellent.

    Timothy, my problem got resolved but actually not. It was just a test thing. As I am going to launch a network for Architects and may other networks for other community based, all will be on separate multisite installation on different webin.pk subdomains, like: Architects - arch.webin.pk, education - edu.webin.pk, doctors - health.webin.pk and etc.

    Now my question is this that one option for me is that I get more static IPs and dedicate them to each subdomain or if I stay on this only then all then time I have to create a addon domain. As I am expecting thousands sites will be in each network as per my marketing plan then does it make any sense to use as addon domain or may be there will be some limit to create addon domain.

    What do you exactly suggest me upon this whole.

  • Timothy Bowers

    If you're expecting thousands of sites, I don't think it makes sense using addon domains. It requires more admin time for you, it gives the user less control of their DNS, and both those things mean delays to making changes. If the user wanted to use their own mail server for example, they might like to edit the MX records for the domain.

    If all of those sites are separate multisite installs, and you wish to semi automate the process through A record, they all require their own IP address. If not, you will need to use addon domains.

    One other option might be just using the same install for the sites, and then categorising them with a plugin like this:

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/project/site-categories/

    One install, one IP address, one network to manage. Just a thought.

    Take care.

  • razwanch

    Bundle of thanks Timothy for your all kind replies. This is really an excellent plugin on which I never spent time to look into but I don't think it can support my previously addressed scenario. After your reply I added this plugin in my list but it will be good for with in the network.

    My plan is something a bit big, Big Dream. I need a separate network for each category even that WP-Multi Network also not fulfill my requirement because one some how it's sharing the global resources as a single network. As I found few limitations of Wordpress.

    I found the way out I need A Dedicated IP for a Network. I have another question regarding Multi-DB should I ask it here or I should create a new Ticket for that?

  • Timothy Bowers

    Hey again.

    The categories plugin wouldn't do exactly what you want, the suggestion was to categorise sites in a different way to using sub domains like arch.webin.pk, edu.webin.pk, etc.

    My plan is something a bit big, Big Dream. I need a separate network for each category even that WP-Multi Network also not fulfill my requirement because one some how it's sharing the global resources as a single network. As I found few limitations of Wordpress.

    Then it's a case of multiple multisites, or some kind of custom development.

    I found the way out I need A Dedicated IP for a Network. I have another question regarding Multi-DB should I ask it here or I should create a new Ticket for that?

    New question, new ticket

    Personally, I wouldn't add Multi-DB until it's needed, it adds a layer of complexity that isn't needed. As it's an advanced plugin you might like to wait until there is capital to employ some kind of system admin to handle that side of things. If you still want to get started on it in preparation for growth, please feel free to open another ticket

    https://premium.wpmudev.org/forums/#question

    Take care.