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rockposer
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domain forwarding?

Excuse my ignorance!
I've a site set up on wordpress.com. I wish to point the domain name I've got with plusnet to that site.
Just not sure what I need to do, been going through their FAQ's but a little confused.  Undecided
Went into domain settings as I have done before and it's still not forwarding it properly.
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bobpullen
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Re: domain forwarding?

According to this you have three options:
[quote author="Wordpress FAQ's"]Register a new domain through WordPress.com and have it connect automatically.
Map an existing domain (one you already own) to your WordPress.com site.
Map a subdomain (for a domain with an existing website) to your WordPress.com blog.
The first two require that you change your authoritative names servers which isn't something our Domain Control System will allow you to do.
The third option should be possible. Looks like it might elicit a charge though.
To carry out step 1 you need to log into our website here, click 'configure' under the domain name in question, then click 'configure DNS records' under the 'Additional DNS records (Advanced)' section.
Under 'Create a new DNS record' add a CNAME record s follows then click 'add'. The field on the right should contain the URL of your Wordpress blog;

You then need to follow the remainder of the instructions in the Wordpress article.
In case it's not clear, this would point the sub-domain http://blog.yourdomain.co.uk to your blog rather than http://yourdomain.co.uk or http://www.yourdomain.co.uk
Reading the Wordpress article implies that the latter isn't possible without pointing your authoritative name servers at Wordpress (I'm sure somebody with experience of this will correct me if I'm wrong).

Bob Pullen
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rockposer
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Re: domain forwarding?

I've done the DNS settings on plusnet as you said.
The problem is I originally had my .co.uk domain forwarding onto a .com domain. This is still happening even though I've pointed my .co.uk to my wordpress domain?
So reading through this and struggling to get my head round it all, I cannot make my wordpress blog my .co.uk? I take it if someone types in my .co.uk it should forward to my wordpress page but the url will still be the wordpress one?
bobpullen
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Re: domain forwarding?

Quote from: rockposer
I've done the DNS settings on plusnet as you said.

I probably didn't make it clear, but the Wordpress URL on the right-hand side was missing a qualifying '.' at the end. I've corrected this for you.
Quote from: rockposer
The problem is I originally had my .co.uk domain forwarding onto a .com domain. This is still happening even though I've pointed my .co.uk to my wordpress domain?

It's happening because you have a .htaccess file on the Homepages servers that's 301 redirecting to the .com domain, Deleting this file would stiop the redirect (assuming you're wanting to do that of course):
Redirect 301 / http://yourdomain.com

What you've done via our website is point http://blog.yourdomain.co.uk to your Wordpress URL (note the 'blog' bit at the beginning). It doesn't do anything with http://yourdomain.co.uk or http://www.yourdomain.co.uk. The changes will take 24 hours or so to propagate but even when they have, they won't stop this redirection.
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So reading through this and struggling to get my head round it all, I cannot make my wordpress blog my .co.uk?

To have the domain truly hosted with Wordpress you would need to transfer it to another registrar or to Wordpress themselves (this would break email for the domain). There are other ways you can redirect stuff, just not as effectively.
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I take it if someone types in my .co.uk it should forward to my wordpress page but the url will still be the wordpress one?

If you've followed my suggestion the somebody would type in http://blog.yourdomain.co.uk and would get taken to your Wordpress blog. The address would not be re-written and they'd see http://blog.yourdomain.co.uk in the address bar.
If you want to redirect www or the root domain to Wordpress then I suppose you could alter the .htaccess file that you currently have uploaded so that it redirects to your Wordpress URL? e.g.
Redirect 301 / http://yourblog.wordpress.com

Using that method visitors to the site would see the URL in the address bar re-written to the Wordpress one.

Bob Pullen
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rockposer
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Re: domain forwarding?

Thanks Bob, I'm a step forward. Forgotten about the .htaccess  Embarrassed 
I've updated that as per your info and it's all working now.
One other thing, I went to access the Plusnet hosting CGI and it's asking for a username & password. Don't remember setting that up. Talk about a 'headache' morning lol
bobpullen
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Re: domain forwarding?

I'll resend the welcome email.

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rockposer
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Re: domain forwarding?

many thanks for all your help