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WPMU and tricky blog-naming convention (3 posts)

  1. sirsasana
    Posted 17 years ago #

    We have been asked to set up WPMU 1.2.2 with a set of blogs conforming to the following naming convention:


    We are in an intranet environment and we have these ground rules:

    1. we do not administer domain.tld
    2. we do not administer the DNS server, but we can request names
    3. wildcard (*) DNS names are not supported in our environment
    4. we do administer our Apache and httpd.conf
    5. we are using a domain-based setup
    6. Except for the wildcarded DNS name, we have followed the MU README instructions carefully

    We have gotten this to work on a non-networked host by defining that host as domain.tld in the /etc/hosts file and then naming each newly-created blog "on.<blogname>" (so "on" is not a subdomain; it's just part of the blog name). The main blog, in this scenario is not intended for public access and is called "domain.tld". This yields blogs that are accessible with the URL pattern shown above.

    Is there a way to transfer this setup to a networked environment (without conflicting with the domain.tld server)?


  2. Supergeek
    Posted 17 years ago #

    I'm not a WPmu expert, but this sounds like a DNS administration headache. Every blog that's created will have to go through a waiting period while you request a custom DNS entry from the administrators of domain.tld that points to your server.

    Depending on your requirements, this may or may not be practical for you.

    A couple suggestions...

    - Change it to blogname.on.domain.tld and get a wildcard for that if possible.

    - If that's not possible, customize wpmu to send emails to your DNS administrator directly with the new blog URL so there's as short a delay as possible after signup, and no need for you to manually send DNS requests for each blog.

    Good luck.

  3. drmike
    Posted 17 years ago #

    I think you're out of luck if you can't get a dns wildcard. Else you're going to have to create each dns record manually.

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