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Hiding the original domain name

From: Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

Video: Hiding the original domain name

Once you have successfully mapped a domain here inside of WordPress Multisite, you may want to hide the original URL of the blog that you map that domain to. This could be the case if you had a really long URL and you just don't want the links to the post or the files that are associated with that blog to continue utilizing that long Subdomain URL. So here is what we are going to do. I'm going to be logged in as a Network Administrator, and I want to go over to Sites, and I'll choose All Sites. Currently I have one domain mapped to one site inside of my WordPress Multisite installation.

Hiding the original domain name

Once you have successfully mapped a domain here inside of WordPress Multisite, you may want to hide the original URL of the blog that you map that domain to. This could be the case if you had a really long URL and you just don't want the links to the post or the files that are associated with that blog to continue utilizing that long Subdomain URL. So here is what we are going to do. I'm going to be logged in as a Network Administrator, and I want to go over to Sites, and I'll choose All Sites. Currently I have one domain mapped to one site inside of my WordPress Multisite installation.

I've mapped my gnawledge.co domain to the tutorial.shutterclick.com domain name. So what am I going to do? I am going to go and find the tutorial subdomain and click Edit. Inside of these screens, you can actually hide the original URL. And it's very simple. Just come in and the Domain name here, change that to gnawledge.co or whatever your domain name happens to be. Then click Save Changes.

You also want to make sure that there are no instances of that on any of these other screens. The user screen is pretty safe. So is the Themes. The only other one you need to check out is Settings. In this case, the site url carries over. I will scroll down and you notice that it's propagated to here and towards the bottom. I need to make sure that the Fileupload Url has been changed as well.

Once I have changed over every instance of that domain, I click Save Changes. Now everything, including links, files, et cetera will be linked to that primary domain that I specified. You will no longer be able to access this site through that subdomain URL. So it's a pretty nifty way of cloaking the URL once you have already mapped it. As you can see, if I go into the gnawledge.co, everything is good to go. If I click on one of the posts, it opens up knowledge.co and everything after it, it's all good.

Once you have got your domain fully mapped inside of WordPress Multisite, you may want to throw on a redirect inside of your cPanel in order to make sure that every time someone types in that old URL, they are automatically redirected to that new URL that you spent so much time domain mapping. In order to do that, log in to your hosting account and access the cPanel. Inside of the cPanel, you are going to look for the Domain section. And inside of the Domain section, there's a Redirects area right here. Once you click on the Redirect area, you can come down here and specify the Type.

In this case, you want to do a Permanent (301) redirection. Then you are going to choose the domain you wish to redirect. Once you have picked that domain, you can also specify where it redirects to. You can select whether or not it only redirects when somebody types www or if it does both. I would suggest both. You can also say Not to Redirect with www. That's totally up to you. Once you're finished with that, click Add. It will automatically Add the redirect and you are ready to go. It could take up to 24 hours for this redirect to populate through DNS, so just be patient if it doesn't work right away.

But now you have got the complete picture on how to make sure you've completely hidden that original domain and successfully mapped your new domain inside of your WordPress Multisite installation.

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Creating and Managing a Blog Network with WordPress

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Justin Seeley
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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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