June 18th, 2002

mona lisa

FAQ suggestions: Domain Aliasing

I just answered a question about this in support, so it occurred to me that we could use a FAQ on it. I saw that dottey made a suggestion that this be included in the FAQ and that rahaeli was putting it on her list of things to do, but I haven't seen them posted yet. I think there should be two FAQs that deal with this: one that asks if it can be done and one that deals with how to register a domain and set it up.

First FAQ:

Can I make my domain point to my LiveJournal?

This feature is available to members with paid accounts. While logged in, go to http://www.livejournal.com/modify.bml and click “Proceed.” On the next page that comes up, scroll down until you see “Domain Aliasing.” Enter the address of your domain name in the text box.

For this to work, you'll need to arrange to have your domain name's DNS point to LiveJournal’s IP address, which is If you do not have the ability to change this yourself, your web hosting company should be able to make this change for you.

If you need help with registering a domain, click the link below.

(link to different FAQ)

Second FAQ:

How can I register a domain and set it up to point to my LiveJournal?

Domain Monger (http://www.domainmonger.com) allows you to register domains fairly inexpensively. If you use Domain Monger, you will be supporting LiveJournal, as LiveJournal receives a small referral fee from Domain Monger. However, LiveJournal does not require that Domain Monger be used. Instructions for setting up a domain registered with Domain Monger are below; if you use a different site, their technical support staff should be able to set up the alias for you.

1. Go to: http://www.domainmonger.com/login_manage.shtml

2. Enter domain name, user name, and password. Click "Manage Domain" button.

3. Click "DNS Plus" link (In the navigation bar labeled "Manage Your Domain").

4. Click "IP Addresses" link.

5. Enter the IP Address "" in the box labeled "Numeric IP" and click the "Add New IP Address link". (Leave box labeled "Name" blank.)

6. Click "Yes" to "Both 'yourdomain.com' and 'www.yourdomain.com' will have the IP"

Directions provided by marcuso

dottey's original suggestion
bradfitz's news post

I just threw those in for reference. Comments, anybody? Oh, FTR the reading level of the first one is 8.0 and the reading level of the second is 8.9.
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FAQ Proposal

What would everyone say to creating a new FAQ category -- "Paid User Features" -- and splitting out all FAQs having to do with paid user features into that category, with one FAQ of "What are the paid user benefits?"

It would make the paid user features more attractive at a glance, because they would be in ONE place, rather than in eight bilion. /paidaccounts.bml hasn't been updated with a lot of the new paid user features.


Specifics of what I'd move:

What is the directory?
How do I add a poll into my journal entries?
How do I make a custom style?
Why can't I use JavaScript or Flash in my styles?
Custom Mood Themes
What are the fast servers?
How does the text messaging feature work?

New FAQs that I would add:

What are the benefits of having a paid account? (comprehensive version of /paidaccounts.bml)
Can I forward my domain to LiveJournal?

And possibly, if the category were called "Paid Accounts" and not just "Paid Account Features:

What's a paid account? How do I get one?
How can I buy a paid account for somebody else?
What happens to my paid account when it expires?

Adding to FAQ #114

FAQ #114 says:

"If you had created a style for your journal, you would still be able to use that style for your journal layout. However, you wouldn't be able to modify that style in any way, save for the few pointers given in the FAQs. See ( http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqcat=customize ) for information on customization."

Add something about keeping mood themes, but not being able to edit them.

I also think it should be added that you can switch between your custom ones and the system ones while a free user without losing them.

See http://www.livejournal.com/support/see_request.bml?id=53227