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Adding custom domains

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Video: Adding custom domains

Once your site is up and running, you'll probably want to give it a domain name that's easier to remember than blah-blah-blah-drupalgardens.com. You can do that, but it takes three steps. The first is to register to the domain you want with a registrar. Now I won't go into the details of this at all in this video, but if you want to learn more about that, see the Web Design Fundamentals course on lynda.com. Now after you register that domain, you are going to have to wait, because it takes a while--typically about 24 hours--for that domain name to propagate throughout the Internet so everybody knows where it is.

Adding custom domains

Once your site is up and running, you'll probably want to give it a domain name that's easier to remember than blah-blah-blah-drupalgardens.com. You can do that, but it takes three steps. The first is to register to the domain you want with a registrar. Now I won't go into the details of this at all in this video, but if you want to learn more about that, see the Web Design Fundamentals course on lynda.com. Now after you register that domain, you are going to have to wait, because it takes a while--typically about 24 hours--for that domain name to propagate throughout the Internet so everybody knows where it is.

The second step is to change a certain record in your DNS records--called the CNAME record--with your registrar, and then again, you are going to have to wait. I'll show you how to do this, but for more details on that on that see the video "Using a personal domain name" in the course "iWeb '09 Essential Training," also on lynda.com. I have brought up a control window of my own web host here, and I have already set up a subdomain, explorecalifornia.tomgeller.com. Then in the CNAME area, type in explorecalifornia.druaplgardens.com, or whatever the domain name is that you have in your Drupal Gardens site.

Then once you have done that, continue the process however your web host directs you to do it. Now I am doing this on my own web host, which is webfaction.com. It'll be very different depending on your web host. So if you have any problem with this step, talk to your web host provider. So, that's the second step. The third step is to go back to Drupal Gardens and tell it to expect all of the traffic from this domain, so we go back to our site and click My sites. Once you see the domain that you want to have as the target, click Manage Domains.

There is a fair amount of information here at the top of the page. Most importantly, they have their own documentation. I'll just open that in a new tab, so you can see. This is a somewhat complex process, and there is a lot that can go wrong, so if you have any problems, just go ahead and take a look at their documentation. It's pretty good, and in fact, there are two ways of doing this. The way I am doing it with the CNAME is the one that they prefer that you use; it's more stable and secure. The other way affects the ANAME, which is the address name of your DNS record.

It's not as reliable, but some people prefer to use that. Anyway, their documentation will tell you both methods. Once you are on this page, type in the domain that it's going to be coming from--again, in my case, that does explorecalifornia.tomgeller.com--and click Add Domain. Incidentally, there is a charge for this, so take a look at the documentation on Drupal Gardens to find out exactly how much it is. Once it's done, you see down here the two different ways that you can reach this site. You can check to see if those domains are working by simply clicking on them, and indeed it works already.

That's actually fairly unusual. You typically have to wait at least a few hours before the connection will go through. I do want to mention, you can still reach the site through the old domain name, explorecalifornia.drupalgardens.com. Now as I went through this, I said one word several times: wait. When you first register a domain, it can take up to two days for notice of that registration to propagate to all of the important servers on the Internet, and then again, when you change the CNAME record, there is an another wait. It's usually not as long as the first one, but still, plan for this to take some time; don't expect to just be able to jump right in and have your site live immediately.

Ultimately, a lot of this process is going to involve the domain registration company you choose. The process is different at each one of them, so I am afraid you are going to have to turn to them for technical support. But once again, the page on Drupal Gardens I showed you earlier, which is drupalsgardens.com/documentation/ custom-domains is a great place to get information that will help you to get out of trouble before you hear back from your registrar's help desk.

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  1. 29m 56s
    1. Welcome
      1m 39s
    2. Previewing the finished project
      1m 29s
    3. What's new in the late 2011 update?
      5m 28s
    4. What is Drupal?
      5m 8s
    5. What is Drupal Gardens?
      5m 57s
    6. Getting started with Drupal Gardens
      5m 35s
    7. Getting help
      4m 1s
    8. Using the exercise files
      39s
  2. 17m 40s
    1. Using the administrative overlay
      2m 54s
    2. Using the dashboard, toolbar, and shortcut bar
      5m 36s
    3. Touring the newly created site
      3m 55s
    4. Configuring the site
      5m 15s
  3. 59m 47s
    1. Creating and managing content
      11m 11s
    2. Creating and managing content types
      10m 35s
    3. Embedding YouTube videos and other media
      4m 5s
    4. Subscribing to RSS feeds
      4m 49s
    5. Categorizing RSS feeds
      5m 1s
    6. Managing tags and taxonomies
      5m 50s
    7. Creating dynamic pages with simple views
      4m 29s
    8. Creating complex information collections with Views
      8m 59s
    9. Creating image galleries
      4m 48s
  4. 37m 50s
    1. Working with blocks
      10m 26s
    2. Setting up rotating banners
      7m 45s
    3. Understanding menus
      7m 27s
    4. Setting up contact forms
      7m 7s
    5. Adding and removing functionality
      5m 5s
  5. 54m 54s
    1. Managing users
      6m 28s
    2. Adjusting user permissions
      6m 35s
    3. Managing comments
      7m 7s
    4. Slowing spam
      5m 20s
    5. Starting discussion forums
      9m 3s
    6. Creating blogs
      4m 41s
    7. Setting up mailing lists
      4m 50s
    8. Allowing users to rate content
      4m 21s
    9. Using best practices for online clubs
      6m 29s
  6. 44m 35s
    1. Getting feedback with webforms
      6m 14s
    2. Publishing RSS feeds
      6m 40s
    3. Taking advantage of social media
      9m 33s
    4. Emphasizing external links
      2m 44s
    5. Improving search engine optimization (SEO)
      7m 30s
    6. Internationalizing sites
      8m 6s
    7. Tracking site usage with Google Analytics
      3m 48s
  7. 34m 40s
    1. Understanding Drupal themes
      5m 44s
    2. Understanding the Theme Builder
      5m 25s
    3. Switching, saving, and copying themes
      7m 13s
    4. Introducing custom CSS
      6m 51s
    5. Refining selections in the Theme Builder
      5m 48s
    6. Exporting themes
      3m 39s
  8. 48m 31s
    1. Changing the site's color palette
      2m 32s
    2. Changing the site's main logo and favicon
      5m 22s
    3. Changing the column number and arrangement
      5m 7s
    4. Adding background colors and images
      6m 29s
    5. Changing element spacing and borders
      6m 11s
    6. Adjusting typography
      4m 24s
    7. Using fonts from outside sources
      5m 7s
    8. Inserting raw CSS code into themes
      6m 57s
    9. Adding visual effects with JavaScript libraries
      6m 22s
  9. 14m 18s
    1. Finessing theme design
      7m 51s
    2. Eight ideas for modifying themes
      6m 27s
  10. 23m 38s
    1. Monitoring sites
      4m 11s
    2. Duplicating and deleting sites
      4m 23s
    3. Adding custom domains
      3m 48s
    4. Using exported sites outside of Drupal Gardens
      3m 46s
    5. Hosting exported Drupal Gardens sites
      7m 30s
  11. 51s
    1. Goodbye
      51s

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