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How do add a new domain name to a DNN site

by on March 4, 2010

1) Add host / A record Name to IIS site listing

  1. Connect to website server
  2. Go to Start > Administrative Tools > Internet Information Services (IIS) Manager
  3. Expand correct Site Server
  4. Click on Web Sites on left side
  5. On right side, click on Descriptions to put a large number of sites in alphabetical order
  6. Right Click on site name which refers to the installation of DNN on which your site has been created (Example: DNN01) > Select Properties
  7. On Web Site tab, click on the IP Address “Advanced” button
  8. In popup, under Mulitiple Identities for this Website, Click on the Add Button
  9. In Popup:
    • Ip Address: Usual IP for this server (Ex. “192.168.169.01”)
    • TCP Port: Usual port used for this server (Ex. “80”)
    • Host Header: Type in address / domain (Ex. “mysitename.com”)
  10. Click OK
  11. Repeat with http://www.mysitename.com version if needed!
  12. Click OK
  13. Click OK

2) Add host / A record Name to DNN site

  1. Login to DNN site as host or administrator
  2. Go to Admin > Site Settings
  3. Expand Advanced > Expand Portal Aliases
  4. Click on Add New Alias link
  5. Type in your new domain without the www (Ex. “mysitename.com”)
  6. Click on the Save button (looks like an old 3.5 inch disc) to the right of the field
  7. Domain name should now appear in list
  8. Click on Add New Alias link
  9. Type in new domain with the www (Ex. “www.mysitename.com”)
  10. Click on save button
  11. Name should appear in alias list

3) Test new site names – there may be issues with Name Servers, Forwarding, Propagation, etc.  – Make sure address is reliable before giving it out.

Note: you may want to use Google Webmaster tools to refer to your preferred domain, www or non-www

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