You can use a custom domain name with your blog. This process in handled in partnership with IT services and a final configuration step you can manage within your blog/website.
Please note there are additional requirements when requesting a .ac.uk ending domain name.
1. Purchasing a domain name
This process is handled within IT services.
- Find the appropriate budget code to cover the cost of your domain
- Raise a request online or by email email@example.com
- Ensure your request includes the following information:
- FAO: IT Services admin team
- The domain name you want to purchase, e.g. www.example.org
- The number of years you wish the domain to last for
- The budget code to be used
- Include a follow up action, that once purchased the request needs to forwarded to IT SysOps Net-Naming team for configuration
- The DNS record needs an “A record” pointing to this IP address: 188.8.131.52 or the VM hosting blogs.ilrt.org
Warning: Domain name changes can take up to 48 hours to propagate around the internet, once they have been purchased.
2. Configuring your blog/website to use your domain
Only do this final step once your domain name is ready.
Log into your website, e.g. https://blog-name.blogs.ilrt.org/wp-login.php
- Click Tools
- Click Domain mapping
- In the “Add new domain” section carefully enter your domain name
- Tick the Primary domain for this blog checkbox
- Click Add
- You may wish to add alternative mappings, so you have covered accessing your domain with or without www. For instance, if you have used www.example.com as your domain you may want to also record example.com as an alternative domain mapping.
NB: You will need to log in as a Administrator level user of your blog to see this settings page.