WP-BP Domain Management

Confused on multi-site and domain mapping plugins. I'll pose a simple scenario:

In the past I've had a personal blog, marvc.com. Other family members also have blogs so what I've decided to do is create a network for the family. So I figure I'd register a new domain for the family and do the following:

1. Install WordPress 3.0.x and enable the network feature.
2. Install BuddyPress for the purpose of social networking.

This is done so my family blog resides at the new domain and my blog still resides at my old domain both of which are hosted at GoDaddy. Now I would like for my blog to reside at the family like so:

http://familyblog.com/marvc

My first question is this: Can I make it so that when marvc.com is accessed it redirects to http://familyblog.com/marvc?

Answer Yes. Simply add a Forward in GoDaddy pointing to http://familyblog.com/marvc.
This is done as it allows my posts to appear on both my blog and the family activity wall.

Now my second question: Is it possible for marvc.com to remain marvc.com even though it forwards to http://familyblog.com/marvc?

This is where I "thought" the domain mapping and multi-site plugins came in and allowed you to map a domain to another network. This is where I'm confused and could use some direction.

Any responses appreciated.

  • drmike

    It should work as the domain mapping plugin supports subdirectory installs.

    I see that marvc.com is currently pointed to a different install instead of familyblog. Does djohnsonfam.com have the domain mapping plugin installed?

    Forwarding is not the way to go though as it gets rid of the marvc.com domain and replaces it with the http://familyblog.com/marvc url at GoDaddy's nameservers. Your wpmu install will never see the marvc.com request. It'll just loop going back and forth between marvc.com and the http://familyblog.com/marvc urls.

    You want to create the 'A' record within the marvc.com using the IP address of the install and let the software make the change. Don;t do it as a forward.

    Hope that makes sense. I;m off coffee and it warps my fragile mind to think of this stuff. :slight_smile:
    -drmike

  • nusolutions

    My apologies as djohnsonfam.com is the family blog that I'm forwarding/linking marvc.com to. I also have both the multi-domain and domain mapping plugins installed to this domain. Here's another nugget I forgot to mention:
    Both the djohnsonfam.com & marvc.com domains reside under the same unlimited GoDaddy account with a dedicated IP address. So when I go in and add the A record am I adding the same dedicated IP? Prior to coming here I called GoDaddy and they stated that I should use 64.202.189.170 as my forwarding IP address. So my "A" record was pointing to 64.202.189.170. So if I read your response I'd do the following:

    1. Log into the control panel for the account.
    2. Go to Domain Manager and modify the properties for marvc.com as so:
    a. Remove Forwarding: http://djohnsonfam.com
    b. Replace the IP for "A" record with the dedicated IP.
    c. Save and allow time for propagation.
    3. Go into the djohnsonfam.com dashboard and add the dedicated IP address as the server IP under Site Options.
    4. What do I do next? I see where I'm able to add a custom domain to/for djohnsonfam.com but I don't understand the point of this.
    I have three other family blogs that I'd like to "reside" here. Am I missing something or is this where multi-domain plugin comes into play?

    tia

  • Mason

    Hiya tia,

    4. What do I do next? I see where I'm able to add a custom domain to/for djohnsonfam.com but I don't understand the point of this.

    Well, you probably don't want to add a custom domain to this site right? You'll want to add the domain mapping to one of your sub-domain or sub-directory sites.

    If you create your other 3 blogs on this same network like so:
    blog1.djohnsonfam.com or djohnsonfam.com/blog1

    You could then map this to any domain you like. Does that help?

    Let us know more specifically what you'd like to do and we'll help ya get the best solution.

    Thanks!

  • nusolutions

    The blogs would be created as djohnsonfam.com/marvc and so on.So I'm stuck at figuring out how to map djohnsonfam.com/marvc to my marvc.com website. Right now marvc.com isn't available so how do I map it to djohnsonfam.com???
    What's even more confusing are the Domain Mapping instructions:

    If your domain name includes a sub-domain such as "blog" then you can add a CNAME for that hostname in your DNS pointing at this blog URL.

    If you want to redirect a domain you will need to add a DNS "A" record pointing at the IP address of this server: 173.201.129.17

    Custom Domain Original Blog Address Actions
    http:/// http://djohnsonfam.com/

    "If your domain name includes a sub-domain such as "blog" then you can add a CNAME for that hostname in your DNS pointing at this blog URL."

    So I go to marvc.com and add the following CNAME:
    Host: djohnsonfa.com
    Points to: marvc

    Allowing propagation.

Thank NAME, for their help.

Let NAME know exactly why they deserved these points.

Gift a custom amount of points.