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Domain mapping is probably one of the most important things you'll ever do to setup your TypePad blog. It helps you establish your blog as a brand and as an identity and reduces confusion in explaining to folks how to get to your blog ('No really, it's john smith dot type pad dot com... not thai pad, but type as in typewriter, pad as in notepad, typepad dot com.'). Domain mapping also contributes to search engine juice since the words that are in your domain name will be some of the keywords the search engines see. Here's how to do it using the domain registrar Go Daddy.
First some background:
Domain mapping is changing your blog's address from an address like yourname.typepad.com to your own domain that you purchase and register yourself (yourdomain.com). TypePad updates all of your blog's archive links with the new URL and continues to honor any blogs linking to the old site address.
Domain mapping is not domain forwarding
Many people activate domain forwarding with their domain registrars and think that they are done. They aren't.
Domain forwarding (also called a redirect) only forwards people from yourdomain.com to yourname.typepad.com. It does not change the links of your blog or archives. Someone types out yourdomain.com and they are forwarded to your TypePad blog, but the instant they click any other link on your blog, it is still at the old yourname.typepad.com address. That's no good!
Preparing for Domain Mapping
Once you begin the domain mapping process, it may take from 12 to 48 hours to complete. That is why I always recommend doing it on a weekend or whenever your traffic is lowest.
Register a Domain
First, go to www.godaddy.com and register your domain name. My best advice for a good domain is one that requires the least explanation. So if someone says your domain out loud or hears it on the radio, it is easy to remember and type into a browser's address bar. If you have an often misspelled name, you might register frequent misspellings as well. My last name (Wibbels) is often mistyped (Wibbles) so I send traffic to a special 'whoops, it's actually E-L-S' page.
Once your domain name has been purchased, Go Daddy 'parks' your domain. You'll probably see a 'coming soon' page when you go to your domain. That's perfectly normal.
Write down your Go Daddy login information some place handy or email it to yourself.
Step 1 of 3: Set Up Things on the TypePad Side
Domain mapping is a multi-step process and the important thing is not to panic. There's a couple points that often trip people up, I'll put those in bold and red.
So our key ingredients are:
- Your TypePad account login information
- Your Go Daddy account login information
- The domain you want to map to your blog
- The blog you want to add the domain to
Login to TypePad and go to Control Panel > Domain Mapping and click Begin here: Map a Domain Name.
Enter the domain name you want to map (www.yourdomain.com, etc.).
Then select if you want to map just one blog in your TypePad account or the entire account. Most people will be adding the domain mapping to just one particular blog. You can also add domain mapping to a photo album.
Click Add Domain mapping.
Here is one of those parts people always forget: You'll notice that after you click Add Domain Mapping that TypePad now shows a list of all the domains you've mapped. Notice that under Actions it says Activate. This is because you have not activated your domain mapping and you aren't ready to do it yet. Don't click Activate yet.
Step 2 of 3: Set Up Things on the Go Daddy Side
Now we do the second part of the process.
Login to Go Daddy and click on Domain Manager. A list of your domains displays.
Click on the name of the domain you want to domain map. A page loads displaying all of your options for that domain name.
In the center column you'll see a list of options that says Total DNS. Click on Total DNS Control and MX Records.
The DNS and MX control panel displays.
Here's another one of those big bold red parts. You only want to change the www option.
In the list of CNAMES, click on the pencil/edit icon for www.
The configuration panel for www displays. Input your TypePad account's address - yourname.typepad.com (before any slash or folder name). Not your blog's address.
Not yourname.typepad.com/my_blog/ or yourname.typepad.com/that_blog/.
You want to use the TypePad account address, yourname.typepad.com. Not the part of your blog address with the sub-folder.
Then click OK. A success message displays.
Part 3 of 3: Finishing the Setup on the TypePad Side
Again, I do want to remind you this process may take 12-48 hours to complete. The changes you've made to that domain name have to propogate across the entire internet. Readers on different ISPs or in different locations may see different things.
Login to TypePad and go back to Control Panel > Site Access > Domain Mapping. A list of your domain mappings displays.
Next to the domain mapping you're putting in place, you'll see the link that says Activate.
Click Activate. A success message displays. TypePad has now re-mapped your blog's structure from yourname.typepad.com to yourdomain.com.
Test Your Domain Mapping
Every few hours or seconds, go to www.yourdomain.com. If your blog displays, then your domain mapping is full activated both on the TypePad and the Go Daddy side.
If you continue to see the 'coming soon' domain parking page then you still need to wait for your mapping to fully propogate.
If after a day and half you haven't seen any changes be sure you double-check the following things:
- You unlocked the domain in Go Daddy so you could make changes to it.
- The www CNAME is set to your TypePad account address - not your blog's folder i.e. yourname.typepad.com/not-like-this-im-not-joking/.
- You do not have any domain forwarding or redirect set up. These will interfere with the domain mapping.
- You have clicked Activate on the TypePad side under Control Panel > Site Access > Domain Mapping.
Final Icing on the Cake
So far you've set up all traffic going to www.yourdomain.com to your blog. But what if someone doesn't type in the www - and tries to just go to yourdomain.com? This is where we get to use domain forwarding.
Go back into Go Daddy's Domain Manager and click on the name of your domain and then select domain forwarding. The forwarding configure panel displays. Type in the domain name with the http://www. Select 301 redirect and click OK.
What we just did:
We've now set up all traffic without the www to forward to the www.yourdomain.com address which is now mapped to your TypePad blog. Readers can type in the www or not - they'll still end up at your blog.
Backing it Out
If you still are having problems, you can remove the domain mapping and try for another day. Go back into TypePad and De-Activate then Remove the domain mapping. Then on the Go Daddy side, change the CNAME mapping for www to the at sign (@).
Get in Trouble?
If you have trouble with domain mapping you can contact our support team. Be sure they know your TypePad username, the blog you're wanting to map, the domain name you're using and how far you got into the process.
We received a question from Twitter about multiple domains for the same blog. So you might have bestblogever.com but also realize that people might also type in thebestblogever.com. You can domain map one - that will be the one users see in your blog's permalinks - and then redirect the other one to the first one. So I'd domain map bestblogever.com to my blog at bestblogever.typepad.com and then have a redirect for thebestblogever.com.