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2006I feel like Mater from Cars yelling, "It's done!"  The first time I attempted this task, I was completely unsuccessful and undid all the code changes I made.  I gave it a few weeks and tried again using a different approach, this time it was successful!  Adding additional logic for host records to SubText is not an easy feat.  Not only do you have to worry about the virtualization aspects of the site and ensureing the domains requested will still load the data, but with many open-source projects, everyone does something differently than the next guy.  This hit me when it came to hyperlinking.  Each control used a different URL property from the next so finding all those places and making them support the new domain as well as continuing to support the other domain was interesting. 

So, you may be asking yourself, Jeff, how can I get started.  Well my friend, if your don't have a blog with us, get one.  If you do, follow the steps below.

  • Login in to the Admin portal for your blog
  • Click the Options tab on the top
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  • Click the Custom Domain link
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  • Follow the instructions on this page to get your domain setup to point at Geekswithblogs.net
  • Enter the Subdomain/Domain name and press Save
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  • Test your new domain!

If you are just setting up the DNS for the first time, this make take time for your nameservers to get the information and other DNS servers to release the cache set with the original IP information. 

I hope you enjoy this feature.  We will be fixing any issues that arise, but our next steps will be focused on the community redesign with the "Main Feed".

Posted on Thursday, February 7, 2008 7:59 AM | Back to top


Comments on this post: GWB | Custom Domains Have Been Released!

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WHOO HOO! Yessssssssss!!!
Left by Jerod on Feb 07, 2008 10:03 AM

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How does this affect things like Google analytics, ClustrMaps, and search rankings?
Left by Scott on Feb 07, 2008 5:57 PM

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We do not change anything about the community but add the ability for you to push your domain out. the main feed which search engines learn about new bloggers will not and is not affected by someones custom domain and your geekswithblogs.net/xxxxxx blog will always be there.
Left by Jeff Julian on Feb 08, 2008 9:09 AM

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Jeff....you just rock.
Left by Lance Robinson on Feb 11, 2008 1:33 PM

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