[quote]The key to the whole thing is the fact that I’m not using Dreamhost to host my actual site (opensourcerails.com). I’m using to host all the stuff around opensourcerails. The blog, the email, file shares, etc.
Anyways. Really, really bad move on my part. So it turns out, custom nameserver settings will are NOT the preferred mappings. I wanted opensourcerails.com to be hosted on dreamhost (with a simple redirect www), so I had a www mapping that went to my VPS server.
For the life of me, www would not map. It kept defaulting back to the IP for dreamhost. Even though it was specifically set, and showed up in the custom dns records section.[/quote]
I’m not quite sure what you did, but I can certainly say that I’ve done lots of DNS configs with Dreamhost where I have the main domain hosted here and subdomains hosted elsewhere as well as the situation where the main domain is hosted elsewhere and the subdomains are hosted here. I also have domains where subdomains are hosted at my home and the main domain and some other subdomains are hosted at Dreamhost.
The one configuration that is complicated is when you want the main domain hosted at your home and want subdomains hosted at Dreamhost and you have a dynamic IP address at home. This is because you can’t have a CNAME defined for your main domain (no blank CNAME records allowed for a domain) - and at Dreamhost I don’t think it’s possible to redirect your main domain to the www subdomain.
Anyway, I suppose it’s live and learn.
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