Over at Are My Sites Up we have a blog to keep users updated with new features, current issues and stuff like that. If, god forbid, the site were to go down, that blog wouldn't do us a heck of a lot of good in keeping people up to date if it was on the same server.
The solution is to simply keep the blog on a different server. But I didn't want to have the blog feel like some foreign location. So what I did was set up a subdomain of aremysitesup.com, blog.aremysitesup.com and point that domain at a different server. I had never done something like this before, so I thought I'd share how it was done.
It's pretty straightforward really, you just need to a new A record for the domain at your domain registrant. I am using GoDaddy, so this is how it worked for me:
- Log into account
- Open the Domain Manager
- Click the domain you are working with
- Click "Total DNS Control and MX Records"
- The first group in this area should be A (Host), on the top right of this bar, click Add New A Record
- Enter the host name, in my case it was "blog.aremysitesup.com"
- Enter the IP address of the server you wish to point at.
Then I just set up the new subdomain at the other host (Media Temple, in this case) and that's it!