July 07, 2011

Domain Registration and Mapping

Domain Mapping is the process of pointing a registered domain name, like www.example.com, to a Typepad site, blog, or photo album. Domain mapping is more than domain forwarding or masking, because visitors to your site will see the unique domain for all your blog's content, instead of example.typepad.com, and search engines will index your site using the mapped domain.

Once the mapping is complete, visitors will be able to visit your blog at www.example.com. However, your original Typepad URL (example.typepad.com) will still be available. Any links that you had coming in to the Typepad URL previously will not be broken.

Domain Registration and Mapping is available with the Plus and higher plans. You can upgrade to take advantage of this feature at Account > Billing Info > Upgrade/Downgrade. Learn more.

Domain Registration

To register a new domain name, go to Account > Domain Mapping in your Typepad account. Enter the domain name you wish to use and click Check Availability.

Check Availability

If you have a domain registered through a third-party, see the article on requirements for mapping a domain from a third-party registrar.

A list of available domains will be shown where you can select to register one or more option. Click Checkout after you have made your selections.

If you don't already have a LogicBoxes account, you can create an account quickly by entering your name and address. LogicBoxes is a trusted partner of Typepad. The LogicBoxes account is separate from your Typepad account though billing for your domain is handled by Typepad.

After registering &/or signing in to LogicBoxes, select the Typepad Billing Information option and click Pay Online. The payment method currently active for your Typepad account will be used to pay for your domain registration.

Online Payment Options

Then, you'll be routed back to Typepad where you can click Approve to complete purchase of the domain. With successful payment, click Complete Registration.

Map Typepad Domain

At Account > Domain Mapping, your registered domains will be listed under the Domain Map with Typepad heading. All active domains should have a Verified status.

To use a domain for a blog, click the Map a Typepad Domain Name button.

Map Domain Name

Set subdomain:

The most common subdomain is www and this will be entered as the default. You have the option to use a subdomain, like blog.exampledomain.com, if you prefer to use www.exampledomain.com for a separate website.

Add Subdomain

Map this custom domain name to:

My entire site (example.typepad.com)

If you choose to map the domain to your entire site, all your blogs, albums, and about page will use the domain name for their URLs. For example:

  • http://www.example.com/my_blog/
  • http://www.example.com/photos/photo_album/index.html
  • http://www.example.com/about.html

Recommended if you wish to create multiple blogs in your account on the same topic.

My blog:

By choosing a single blog or album from the drop-down menu, the domain will be mapped directly to that blog or album only and only it will use the domain name. The URL for the blog will only use the mapped domain, like www.example.com, without the folder name.

Recommended if you wish to keep each blog within your account separate, or you only plan on creating one blog.

Map To

When mapping more than one blog on your account, each domain should be mapped to its specific blog to avoid a conflict. Typepad uses the domain name for the URL when creating links on your blog, like the Permalinks. For this reason, you can not map more than one domain name to the same blog as there will be a conflict about which domain name to use for the URLs.

Forward the non-www domain to this subdomain?

By checking the box to forward the non-www domain, a visitor can enter your domain.com in their browser without the www to visit the blog. This option is recommended.

Click Begin domain mapping after making your selections to add the domain to the list of Mapped Domains and proceed with activation.

Activate the mapping in Typepad

After the DNS change as fully resolved which can take several hours, you can make the mapping active in Typepad. Do this by clicking the Activate link next to the domain in Mapped Domains list at Account > Domain Mapping.

Now your domain will come up when you click View Blog and your permalinks will use your domain name.

Please note links to your blog's content in custom modules will not automatically update with the mapped domain. Links in the Navigation Bar, Blog Footer, TypeLists, and other custom modules will need to be updated to use the mapped domain.

Additional Domains

You can set up additional domains to point to other blogs or albums by repeating this mapping process for the next domain.

Please keep in mind, however, that each blog should only have a single domain associated with it. When you set up domain mapping, Typepad uses the domain name for the URL when creating links on your blog, like the permalinks. For this reason, if you map more than one domain name to the same blog, there will be a conflict about which domain name to use for the URLs. This can cause formatting problems and incorrect links on your blogs.

If you want to have your blog accessible from more than one domain, we would recommend mapping only the main domain you want to be used by search engines to index your blog. Any other domains can be forwarded to the main domain.

Removing Domain Mapping

Before making any changes to Domain Mapping please review the article on what happens when you change Domain Mapping.

Deactivate a mapping by going to your Typepad Domain Mapping page and clicking the Deactivate link. Please note that if you uploaded any images or photos to your posts while using the domain name, the links to these will become broken when you disable domain mapping and will have to be manually updated.

Additional Information on Domain Mapping

The Domain Mapping FAQ article has additional information on Domain Mapping.

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