Remove 'non-editable' A Record


#1

Is there a way to create a managed domain/hosting that doesn’t modify the www dns a record?

For example, I’d like:

whatever.com to go to a dreamhost hosted website
www.whatever.com to map via a CNAME elsewhere

However, every time I create a hosted website for “whatever.com”, it creates a new A record that I can’t modify. (I’ve tried the remove “www.” option, but it still creates an A record).

So, how do I create a new hosted website that DOESNT map a “www” dns record?


#2

That’s a rather odd setup, but DreamHost’s DNS doesn’t allow this combination. You can use DynDNS.org for about $25/yr for fully customizable DNS.

-Scott


#3

Why is that odd? I want ot have domainname.com mapped to something I can control, and www.domainname.com mapped to a typepad weblog.


#4

it just seems like an odd setup because it’ll be very difficult for your users to find the content that you want. I’d reccomend going with a sub-domain set up. have domain.com (and www.domain.com) point to DH hosted site. then have typepad.domain.com point away.

As a side note, you know it’s very easy to install your own copy of MT here at dreamhost and not have to pay for typepad.

–Matttail
art.googlies.net - personal website


#5

I definately plan on installing MT here, but I already have a blog hosted at Typepad, and wanted to get the MT install setup and working before I moved typepad over.

So, you’re saying have:
somedomain.com and www.somedomain.com pointing to DH, then create typepad.somedomain.com and point to typepad.

Is there a way then, to have (temp) www.somedomain.com point to typepad.somedomain.com so that the current readers of the site don’t see any downtime while I’m setting up MT?


#6

You can set up a domain to be a redirect, then set it to Fully Hosted when it’s ready. Fully Hosted Domains are actually directories in your user’s home directory. It’s a bit of a juggling act, but some help is here:

http://wiki.dreamhost.com/index.php/DNS_-_Viewing_site_before_DNS_change

-Scott