Thursday, April 17, 2008

The GoDaddy Domain Manager

Making any custom settings to your custom domain, beyond what is done by the "Buy A Domain" wizard, involves the eNom / GoDaddy Domain Manager. If you bought your domain on your own, you might have chosen eNom, GoDaddy, or any of dozens other DNS hosts / registrars. Each domain manager will be different.

Once you're in the domain manager, what do you do? GoDaddy provides a lot of settings for managing your domain. eNom, the alternate Google partner in custom domain registration, has a Domain Manager that's similar only in result. Any other DNS host will have something still more different.

You may get to the Domain Manager directly (using a bookmark). If you bought the domain using "Buy A Domain" or Google Apps, you can alternately use the Google Apps "Advanced DNS settings" wizard. My domain is hosted by GoDaddy, and I bought it using "Buy A Domain".

Having entered your userid and password, successfully, you are presented with the "Domains" menu. Here you will see a list of your domains. Select one, by clicking on the link in the name.

This takes you to the "Domain Manager - Domain Details" screen, for your chosen domain. As of 2010/11/01, you'll see a menu bar, right in the middle of the screen. One of the buttons in the menu bar will be Forwarding. Click here, to setup a "301 Redirect". You may have a submenu, offering a choice to "Forward Domain" or "Forward Subdomain".

At the bottom of the screen, in the middle, will be a section labeled "Total DNS", with a "Launch" link. Click on "Launch", to setup "A" / "CNAME" referrals and other DNS control records.

If you're setting up a new domain, you'll use "Total DNS", and one or more "A" / "CNAME" records. If you're adding aliases to an existing domain, you can use either "Total DNS" or "Forwarding". While "Forwarding" has its place occasionally, 99% of the time you'll be using "Total DNS" for adding aliases.

Here, you may wish to peruse my other tutorials. Also, see (corrected) GoDaddy instructions, for setting up a custom domain.

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5 comments:

jen said...

Hi, i know this comment is out of the line but i saw your name on one of the discussions regarding stolen blog and having said so, my blog (http://malditabratinella.blogspot.com/) was stolen, i actually disabled it way back june 2007 and now that i want it back and running, it was already used by someone, which i know is a spammer. If you look at the first post way back june 2007 (http://malditabratinella.blogspot.com/2007_06_01_archive.html), it was my blog post and my pictures! The links were my friends'. Can you help me have my blogsite back? All of my friends know it was mine and they keep on visiting knowing that it was mine. Thanks. - Jen

Chuck said...

Hey Jen,

Have you posted already in GBH: How Do I?, and I missed the post? If so, my apologies. But the online forums are much easier to use, then Blogger Blog Commenting, for interactive problem solving.

Roberto said...

Nitecruzer,

My problem started when I purchased private hosting account and tried to migrate off Blogger. I purchased my own domain- from blogspot to .com without the blogspot. I think I was a bit rash in setting the dns on Godaddy (where I purchased my domain) to the new ns settings the hosting company gave me since I'm a novice. I have been told to go back to godaddy settings and restore the original ns settings to get my blog back up which has been down for a couple of days. What are those settings, i.e. NSxx.domaincontrol.com, anyway? and is this the way to go to restore my blog? Appreciate your help.

Chuck said...

Roberto,

I'll try to help - but I'll ask that you describe your problem in Blogger Help Forum: Something Is Broken, where we can diagnose the problem a lot easier.

K M Sabbir Rahman said...

Thanks, It was helpful... :)