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I originally tried to set up my site on another server but there were so many problems and it was taking up so much of my time that I decided to do it on the ocportal server.  I want my original domain name to point to my site on ocportal.  My domain name host set it up to point to my ocportal site, pathways.myocp.com, but when I enter my domain name, pathwaysfortransformation.com, it goes to the ocportal home page.  How do I fix this?
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Either my DNS is off or it is working for me.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Could you please elaborate.  What is DNS?  How do I turn it off?
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I did not mean off as in off like turned off I meaned not correct.

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Oh, my mistake - newbie at this.

I checked the DNS record.  It has an A record for the domain (short form without the www prefix ) showing the numerical address and it has a CNAME Record (long form with www prefix) and the alpha address: pathways.myocp.com.  That all seems to be right.
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Ami means "Either my DNS is wrong-somehow or it is working for me."

I can confirm it works for me also.

DNS stands for 'Domain Name System'. It's what turns the human names into IP addresses.

Hopefully your URL will also be working for you by the time you read this – sometimes these things take time to start working due to various caches.


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Thanks Chris, I spoke to the webmaster at my domain host in the meantime. My understanding in non-technical terms is that my domain name needs to be recorded on the ocportal server otherwise it redirects to the ocportal default home page. Could you please organise that?
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They may have a point. I'll do a review of the situation tomorrow, as this is pretty complex stuff.


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My last post translates as "It's 2:34AM and my brain has gone to bed already". I now realise the ocPortal site I saw (and still see) is actually one hosted on a different server.

The domain name needs to be configured at the domain registrar to point to our server. I believe you've done this (although the DNS change hasn't happened for me yet, so I had to fake it on my computer using my 'hosts' file).
This leaves one thing, and that is for the domain to be configured to be tied to your site. I don't believe you did this, so I've done it for you; you could have done it in your Personal Zone here.
There was also a bug, which I've fixed.


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Whats the dns server names any way so if I wanted to in the future I could host with you?

I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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When you choose your own domain name from the Personal Zone it currently tells you to set the DNS server to 'myocp.com'. That has an IP address of 69.60.115.117, but putting in 'myocp.com' should work ok.
Those details are liable to change however.


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I still can't access personal zone or the content management zone to make changes.  I've tried all the suggestions you made in an earlier post on another topic but can't fix it.

I still get the session login message.  It just goes around in circles getting nowhere.

I tried entering my domain name a few minutes ago and it still goes to the ocportal home page.  This is becoming very frustrating.  I don't want to give up yet.

I would like to discuss the problems I am having in more depth and can see scope for changes but wonder if this is an appropriate forum for it.
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Chris Graham said

When you choose your own domain name from the Personal Zone it currently tells you to set the DNS server to 'myocp.com'. That has an IP address of 69.60.115.117, but putting in 'myocp.com' should work ok.
Those details are liable to change however.
As far as I know godaddy.com will not let me put just one dns in. I know it yells at me when I put them the same. I will check.


I run http://otakuplayground.com and am hopping to make themes and other things for ocportal even though I no longer use it for otakuplayground.com I still love it and feel it could go far with the right help. It needs themes and needs people to advertise for it.
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Chris Graham said

When you choose your own domain name from the Personal Zone it currently tells you to set the DNS server to 'myocp.com'. That has an IP address of 69.60.115.117, but putting in 'myocp.com' should work ok.
Those details are liable to change however.
As far as I know godaddy.com will not let me put just one dns in. I know it yells at me when I put them the same. I will check.

I shouldn't have said DNS server - I meant the IN A server address. The DNS servers remain with the registrar, as we don't provide that service.


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Doing a DNS lookup on the domain name, I get it pointing to '210.55.230.195' still.

However when I visit it with my computer fiddled to send it to '69.60.115.117' it does indeed open up your site.

The login issue could depend on many things, but am I right in thinking you've had this same problem with both our hosting and your own?


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The DNS lookup you got is correct.  This worked alright on my own hosting for a short time then i got a critical error message and a blank screen.  After that it was impossible to access my site and the hosting service couldn't resolve it.   Their explanation is that my domain name needs to be on the ocportal server so that it is recognised when the servers 'talk' to each other.  They mentioned something about pinging but I didn't really understand it.  As I couldn't access it I cancelled that hosting and moved it to the ocportal server.   I use the domain name in my marketing so it is critical that people can enter the domain name and find my website. It's still not working as I write this.
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Our server is all configured. You just need to set the domain name to point to '69.60.115.117' on whatever name-server you are currently using.


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It's fixed now.  The domain name on the ocportal server needed www. in front & now it works.  The redirection on the domain name server was set up as a CNAME which includes the www. so it had to match that on the ocportal server.
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