MobileMe Personal Domain
Apple's MobileMe lets you easily create Web sites (in addition to many other features).
When you publish your Web site from your Mac to your MobileMe (or Mac.com) site, it usually ends up at an address that looks something like this:
However, if you own a domain name, you can make a couple of changes and link the two together, so that your Web site's address looks something like this instead:
To do this, Apple requires you to make a change both on our end and on the MobileMe end. They describe this process on this help page.
Our instructions below describe the same process. If you are uncomfortable with steps 1 or 2, you can contact us and ask us to do them for you.
1. Create a CNAME record
This step "points" www.example.com at the web.me.com servers.
- Login to our control panel.
- If your account is a Web hosting account, click Domain Name Options (this step is not necessary if you don't have Web hosting service with us).
- Click Edit DNS Zone.
- Click Add New Entry.
- Choose the CNAME record option, then click Continue.
- Enter www as the hostname for the new CNAME record, then click Continue.
- Enter web.me.com as the CNAME target. You can leave the TTL value as 30 minutes. You can enter an optional descriptive note if you so desire. Finally, click Save.
It may take up to 30 minutes before this starts working for everyone on the Internet.
2. Redirect http://example.com
This step is optional, but recommended: it makes "http://example.com" work, in addition to "http://www.example.com".
If you have a domain name-only account with us, just send us an e-mail and request that we configure "http://example.com" to redirect to "http://www.example.com".
If you have a Web hosting account with us, you can either send us an e-mail request, or you can do it yourself by creating an .htaccess file. To do so, create a file named .htaccess at the top of your Web site, containing this one line of text:
RedirectMatch .* http://www.example.com
This line will redirect any request for any file at http://example.com to http://www.example.com, which will then be handled by the CNAME record configured in step 1 above.
3. Configure MobileMe
This step tells the MobileMe servers to show your site when it sees a request for "http://www.example.com".
- If you're not already logged in to MobileMe, go to http://www.me.com, log in, and then click the Account button on the top-left side of the window.
- Click Personal Domain in the sidebar (on the left).
- Click Add Domain.
- Enter your personal domain name: example.com (do not include the leading "www.").
- Click Continue.
- Click Done.
You're finished! Visiting http://www.example.com/ in a Web browser should now connect you to your MobileMe site.
Custom e-mail addresses for your personal domain name
If you want to use e-mail addresses with your personal domain name (such as email@example.com), you will need a standard Web hosting account with us (which includes your own custom e-mail addresses). MobileMe will not let you create e-mail addresses for your domain name.
If you do not need e-mail addresses for your domain name, then you can get a domain name-only account with us.