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How do I point a blog subdomain to another host?

September 16, 2014 1.8k views

I have a blog for my website that I'm hosting on another provider using WordPress - http://theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com/

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 theyfind.me droplet -
how : theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com.

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 how.theyfind.me. I don't want a redirect, I want how.theyfind.me 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 how.theyfind.me to point to theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com 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 how.theyfind.me A record to HostGator's forwarding server, and then when you set up forwarding from their control panel you can put theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com 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 how.theyfind.me and not theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com.

They have an A record pointing to the forwarding IP, and then a redirect from how.theyfind.me to theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com in the control panel.

Is there a way of setting it up so that the end URL is how.theyfind.me?

  • Try adding how.theyfind.me as a "Parked Domain". I believe that should load theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com's contents without redirecting you to it.

  • @pscheffer "I'm looking for a solution where the end URL remains as how.theyfind.me and not theyfindmeblog.peterscheffer.com."

    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 :)

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