How do I point a blog subdomain to another host?

Posted September 16, 2014 3.8k views

I have a blog for my website that I’m hosting on another provider using WordPress -

What I would like to do is have my DigitalOcean subdomain “how” point to that URL without having to redirect to it. I have created a CNAME to point to it for my droplet -
how :

But the only way I can get it to work at the HostGator end is to create a redirect. Because otherwise HostGator is seeing a request for I don’t want a redirect, I want to show the WordPress blog on the other host.

I’m running Ubuntu, and have Meteor using port 80 on my Droplet.

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  • Hi,

    If you would like to set up to point to you just need to set up web forwarding. This should be available from HostGator side although you may need to contact them to set this up for a subdomain. I have not done it on their control panel myself, but it should be the same method. You should point your A record to HostGator’s forwarding server, and then when you set up forwarding from their control panel you can put in there.

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Hi Scott,

That is what they appear to have done, except that it redirects to the URL. I’m looking for a solution where the end URL remains as and not

They have an A record pointing to the forwarding IP, and then a redirect from to in the control panel.

Is there a way of setting it up so that the end URL is

  • Try adding as a “Parked Domain”. I believe that should load’s contents without redirecting you to it.

  • @pscheffer “I’m looking for a solution where the end URL remains as and not”

    Yes you can do this by setting up masked forwarding. The URL the user puts into the address bar is the one that will always be on display (even though it will be the content from the forwarding destination address)

    Hope this helps :)