WikiFoundry offers the option of redirecting your WikiFoundry site to your own custom domain. A domain or URL is basically a site's "address" on the World Wide Web. This is sometimes referred to as a web address. For example, http://yoursite.wikifoundry.com could become www.yourowndomain.com.
How do I apply a custom domain to my site?
Step 1: Purchase your domain name
The first step is purchasing a registered domain. If you already own one, check with your domain registrar to confirm that you have the ability to update your DNS settings, and skip to Step 2.
Step 2: Update your DNS Settings
Get step-by-step instructions on how to do this with our recommended providers at the links below:
Create a CNAME alias for [www] and [*]
The primary method for modifying your DNS settings to map your WikiFoundry site is to create a CNAME alias for [www]. This will allow access to your WikiFoundrysite from your domain name (www.yourdomain.com).
A secondary CNAME that you may choose to set up is the catch-all, or * record. Setting up this record will allow access to your site if a user types in anything other than "www" in front of your domain name (anything.yourdomain.com). This is not required but will correct any mistyping of "www" by users.
Your DNS CNAME settings should look similar to this:
Host Name Address Record Type www yoursite.wikifoundry.com CNAME * yoursite.wikifoundry.com CNAME
The steps necessary to add a new CNAME record should be detailed in your registrar's help documentation. After you have added your CNAME record, it will take 12 to 48 hours for this information to propagate across the web.
NOTE: It is highly recommended that you affect CNAME records only. Changes to A records or MX records can affect your ability to utilize email or other internet protocols.
Step 3: Apply your custom domain to your WikiFoundry site
Now that you have your custom domain purchased and your DNS info set, login to your WikiFoundry site, click on Settings, then click on the Upgrades tab. Follow the instructions on your site to complete the process.
Other useful info:
Redirecting your base URL
Setting up your CNAME alias as directed above will not affect traffic directed to your base domain (yourdomain.com, without the www). You will need to set a redirect from example.com to www.example.com or set up forwarding from your domain to your WikiFoundry URL (yoursite.wikifoundry.com). This process varies from one registrar to another, so contact your registrar for instructions on redirecting your base URL.
Auto-redirect to your custom URL
After you have set up your DNS records and the information has propagated across the web, the URL that appears in your browser will always display as www.yourdomain.com. Your WikiFoundry URL, which will still operate, will automatically redirect to your custom URL.
Removing a custom URL
You can remove a custom URL at any time by returning to your site and navigating to the Upgrades section under "Settings" and selecting the Custom Web Address section. From this page you will see the status of your custom URL (Pending or Active), and you will have the ability to remove your custom URL.
Note that if you remove your custom URL, the ability to use your custom URL will be immediately removed and you will need to access your site via the WikiFoundry subdomain URL (yoursite.wikifoundry.com) that you originally defined when you created your site.
Also note that if you intend to move your domain elsewhere, you should remove the custom domain from your wiki before changing the DNS settings at your chosen domain registrar. If you fail to do this, you may not be able to reach your wiki.
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