How do you make a subdomain forward to a different host?
November 16, 2007 4:07 PM Subscribe
How do you assign a subdomain to a different host?
posted by tracert to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
So, here's an odd situation.
My brother runs a small charity that has a website at www.mybrotherschairty.org. The site is being hosted for free by a friend of his, but we don't have much contact with them, and I'm reluctant to ask them for favours. The domain name is registered with Godaddy, and while I have access to domain management there, I don't have any access to the hosting provider.
I have been asked to set up a Movable Type blog for the site, but I don't have permissions to create a new database on our hosting provider, and I don't want to jam a bunch of tables into the ones we have. Therefore, I have agreed to host the blog at my personal server at www.myserver.net/blog. I have complete control of everything related to my server, including DNS.
Okay, so what I want to do is to have the subdomain blog.mybrotherschairty.org go to myserver.net/blog. But I want to use masking so that the url doesn't change for visitors who will have no idea what myserver.net is. Yesterday, I went to Godaddy and added a subdomain though the interface there. However it's been over 28 hours and nslookup on blog.mybrotherschairty.com still says "no answer", so I think I need to do something else.
This should be pretty easy to do, I think, but I have no idea how DNS works, or what a CNAME record is, or how to bake a delicious pie with said record. Please talk to me like I'm an idiot. What, exactly, should I do to make this work?