August 16, 2011

Domain Mapping Requirements

Domain registration is available directly through Typepad. Please note domain registration is in Beta. Join the Typepad Beta team to check out all the new features at Account > Summary. If you are a beta member with a Plus or higher plan, go to Account > Domain Mapping and check for availability of your preferred domain to get started.

If you already a registered domain or prefer to use a third-party registrar, please check to make sure your registrar (the company where you register your domain name) supports "custom DNS services." This means that your registrar gives you control over the DNS records that describe your domain, and that you must have the ability to create and modify A, MX, and CNAME records. Registering a domain with Typepad ensures your domain supports custom DNS, and the mapping set up is done within your Typepad account.

If you're not sure if your third-party registrar supports custom DNS services, here is a suggested message that you can send to them via email or their customer support area:

I'm using Typepad (http://www.typepad.com/) to host my blog. Typepad supports a feature called domain mapping, where my domain can be pointed at their servers. In order to use this feature, my registrar must support custom DNS services. I need control over the DNS records that describe my domain, and I must have the ability to create and modify A, MX, and CNAME records. Do you offer such a service? Please send me more details on how it works and how I can turn it on for my account.

The following registrars support editing the CNAME record for Domain Mapping: GoDaddy, pairNIC, Dotster, Network Solutions.

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