Tumblr.com and Posterous.com. If you have accounts on these services and want a custom domain to personalize it instead of relying on a subdomain of the blog service such as "MyAwesomeBlog.tumblr.com" this tutorial will guide you through that process with domain you purchased at Go Daddy.">
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Customizing Tumblr and Posterous with a Go Daddy Domain

Date Submitted: 4-27-2010 by Lindsay

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Two popular and free options for creating your own blog are Tumblr.com and Posterous.com. If you already have accounts on these services you know how easy it is to get up and running, send content through email or bookmarklets, and customize your blog with themes. Once you have put all that time and effort into setting up your blog, you probably want to have your own domain to personalize it instead of relying on a subdomain of the blog service such as “MyAwesomeBlog.tumblr.com”. This tutorial should help you get set up quickly to point a domain you purchased at Go Daddy to your new blog.

Changing the A Record:
Before we dive into steps for each service, let’s review what we will be doing at a higher level: the main task that needs to be accomplished is changing the information in your domain’s A record to point to the blogging service’s webservers (where your blog and post content are). An A record is a few bits of information for a domain that is part of it’s DNS (Domain Name Server) settings. Changing the IP address setting of a domain’s A record will associate it with a webserver. This means that whenever someone types that domain into the URL address bar on their browser the A record will tell the browser what webserver has your blog. So, to make sure it sends people to the right blog, we have to edit that record and put in the IP address for the blog service you use. For more information on how domains, webservers, IP addresses, code and content work together to give you a website, please review this primer article.

How to set up your personal domain for a Tumblr blog:

  1. Log in to your Tumblr.com account.
  2. Click Account > Preferences in the top menu.
  3. Click Customize your blog at the top of the page.
  4. Click Info on the top left.
  5. Check the box for Use a custom domain name and enter your domain name in the input box below.
  6. Click the Setting up a custom domain link at the bottom of the Info dialog.
  7. Look for the IP address on the information page. It is toward the middle and preceded by the sentence “Then you’ll need to follow the registrar’s instructions to point the domain’s A-record(IP address) to”.
  8. Copy the IP address somewhere you can access later.
  9. Return to the Info dialog
  10. Click Save + Close at the top left
  11. Follow the instructions below to change your A record on GoDaddy.com
  12. After a few hours, return to the Info dialog (steps 1-4) and click the Test your domain link to test

How to set up your personal domain for a Posterous blog:

  1. Log in to your Posterous.com account.
  2. Click Settings on the Manage page.
  3. Click Setup a custom domain for your site.
  4. Click the I already have a custom domain link.
  5. Type your domain name in the input box that appears.
  6. Click the Save Settings button at the bottom of the page.
  7. Click the How do I set this up? link above the input box with your domain.
  8. Look for the IP address on the information page. It is in Step 3 as of the time of this writing near the sentence “Create an A record from the desired internet address to the following IP address hosted by Posterous:”.
  9. Copy the IP address somewhere you can access later.
  10. Follow the instructions below to change your A record on GoDaddy.com

How to change your A Record on GoDaddy.com:
View this Help article to walk you through editing your A Record.

You are done! Note that your changes may not “work” for several hours, maybe even days. Typically it doesn’t take more than a couple of hours to see your new domain working with your blog, though.

* Entering “@” for the Host Name in the A record means that if someone types www.yourdomain.com or just yourdomain.com it will go to your blog. You can set up a subdomain instead by using the subdomain instead of “@”. For instance to have your domain be blog.yourdomain.com then enter “blog” for the Host Name.

Enjoy your new blog with a custom domain! Now you can be proud to hand out your new url and share your thoughts with the world.

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