Connect a Wikidot site to a Gandi domain

Summary

This article explains how to connect a Wikidot site to a Gandi.net domain.

Explanation

This is an amateur HOWTO for how to connect a wikidot wiki to a gandi domain name. The example used is www.free765.eu and free765.wikidot.com.

On the gandi side

When you are logged into gandi's domain name registration service you click on the tab Administration to the right and then the tab Control panel to the left. Scroll down. Under Technical Settings choose "Manage DNS zone file. Click on expert.

You are now at the page Change in the DNS zone file for “Gandi Zone 1”. In the box Bind Zone you will find the original settings, and they will look something like this:

blog 10800 IN CNAME blogs.vip.gandi.net.
 @ 10800 IN MX 10 redir-mail-telehouse2.gandi.net.
 @ 10800 IN MX 10 redir-mail-telehouse1.gandi.net.
 @ 10800 IN A 217.70.184.38
 www 10800 IN CNAME webredir.vip.gandi.net.

Now, change the last two lines so the settings look like this:

blog 10800 IN CNAME blogs.vip.gandi.net. 
@ 10800 IN MX 10 redir-mail-telehouse2.gandi.net. 
@ 10800 IN MX 10 redir-mail-telehouse1.gandi.net. 
@ 10800 IN A 74.86.235.236
www 10800 IN CNAME free765.wikidot.com.

It will take a while before changes have effect. If the wikidot settings are not changed, you will get the message The site does not exist. when you try to access the site in a web browser, which is actually a proof of its existence :-)

On the wikidot side

The wikidot custom domain has to be set to the right domain name. This can only be done by the creator/administrator of the wikidot site. As administrator, go to the page:

http://free765.wikidot.com/admin:manage

And choose Custom domain which is the third entry in the menu to the right. When you are on that page type www.free765.eu in the form Custom domain and free765.eu in 301 redirects. Then save changes and you're done.

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  • Erik Josefsson <gro.iiff|jhe#gro.iiff|jhe>