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Altering DNS records

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Video: Altering DNS records

Now that we've got our domain parked or added on to our hosting plan, it's time to change the DNS settings of our domain itself. Now you might already have this set up to point to the correct location, but if you're unsure about how to do this, I'm going to walk you through in this movie. The first thing you need to know are the DNS Servers or Name Servers of your hosting company. In the cPanel, chances are you can find that towards the bottom of the cPanel on the left-hand side in your Account Information section. That should tell you your name server information, just like this.

Altering DNS records

Now that we've got our domain parked or added on to our hosting plan, it's time to change the DNS settings of our domain itself. Now you might already have this set up to point to the correct location, but if you're unsure about how to do this, I'm going to walk you through in this movie. The first thing you need to know are the DNS Servers or Name Servers of your hosting company. In the cPanel, chances are you can find that towards the bottom of the cPanel on the left-hand side in your Account Information section. That should tell you your name server information, just like this.

Once you have your Name Server information, you need to go to wherever your domain was registered. In this case, my domain happens to be registered at GoDaddy. Most registrars offer some sort of visual tool to change the name server information. All you have to do is find that section. At GoDaddy, You simply go to My Account, find the Domain section, and then click the Domain, and it takes you into the domain editor like you see here. As I scroll down inside of the domain editing tool, you'll notice that I have a Nameservers section. If you want to change the name servers of your domain simply hit Set Nameservers.

Once you do that, it comes up and you can either park your domain, forward your domain. You either have a hosting account with these domains already, or you want to have specific name servers. In this case, my web site's hosted outside of GoDaddy and I need to have specific name servers in here, so I choose the bottom option, and then I enter in nameserver 1 and nameserver 2. In some cases you may have three or four name servers. enter in each one of them individually here. Then hit OK to commit or Cancel to get out.

I already have my name server set up correctly, so I was allow to click Cancel right there. If you're hitting OK for the first time and changing the domain name servers of your domain, you will have to wait just a little while for the domain to propagate. It could take as little as an hour. It could take as long as a day. It just depends on how quickly the process happens. If it doesn't happen right away, don't get discouraged. It just takes time. Once you've got your domain name servers pointing in the right place, you're all set and ready to go. The next step in this process will be to install the domain mapping plug-in for WordPress and get started with making this domain live inside of your WordPress Multisite installation.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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  1. 47s
    1. Welcome
      47s
  2. 16m 30s
    1. Introducing multisite
      2m 40s
    2. Common use cases for multisite
      6m 24s
    3. Understanding multisite server requirements
      1m 40s
    4. Optimizing your hosting environment
      3m 52s
    5. Using subdomains vs. subdirectories
      1m 54s
  3. 22m 34s
    1. Enabling the Network feature
      2m 26s
    2. Installing your network
      7m 13s
    3. Troubleshooting network configurations
      4m 4s
    4. Disabling your network installation
      2m 44s
    5. Changing your install type
      3m 23s
    6. Removing the blog permalink
      2m 44s
  4. 46m 27s
    1. Getting to know the network admin interface
      2m 40s
    2. Configuring the network
      6m 2s
    3. Creating your first site
      5m 25s
    4. Managing your user database
      8m 14s
    5. Installing and enabling themes
      7m 16s
    6. Enabling themes on a per-site basis
      3m 56s
    7. Defining a site-wide default theme
      3m 12s
    8. Installing and activating plug-ins
      6m 16s
    9. Updating your network installation
      3m 26s
  5. 29m 15s
    1. Setting up user permissions
      3m 31s
    2. Defining the registration process
      3m 8s
    3. Controlling access to sites
      2m 43s
    4. Importing users from another blog
      3m 52s
    5. Understanding user roles
      3m 39s
    6. Changing user roles on signup
      2m 58s
    7. Exploring blog privacy settings
      6m 1s
    8. Enabling features for site administrators
      3m 23s
  6. 38m 22s
    1. Displaying posts from network sites on the home page
      7m 45s
    2. Displaying a list of your networked sites
      4m 9s
    3. Broadcasting news across all sites
      8m 22s
    4. Gathering and using comments network-wide
      5m 13s
    5. Creating and using global tags and categories
      4m 33s
    6. Exploring network plug-ins
      8m 20s
  7. 17m 18s
    1. Introducing domain mapping
      1m 58s
    2. Using parked or add-on domains
      3m 24s
    3. Altering DNS records
      2m 15s
    4. Installing the domain mapping plug-in
      3m 18s
    5. Mapping a domain to a specific site
      2m 58s
    6. Hiding the original domain name
      3m 25s
  8. 33m 28s
    1. Understanding the importance of backing up your web site
      2m 4s
    2. Exploring backup plug-ins
      2m 23s
    3. Installing and configuring BackupBuddy
      8m 29s
    4. Migrating a standalone site into your network
      3m 24s
    5. Migrating an entire network
      7m 41s
    6. Scheduling backups with BackupBuddy
      3m 43s
    7. Remotely storing your backups
      5m 44s
  9. 28s
    1. Final thoughts
      28s

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