Many websites will benefit from having a blog to post articles and provide updates and news for their visitors. Your Brilliant Directories site will work with any external blog platform of your choice if it is setup on its own domain (mywebsite.com) or as a subdomain of your site (blog.mywebsite.com). We do not currently support setting up a blog as a subdirectory of your Brilliant Directories site (mywebsite.com/blog).
Important Note: No 3rd party software (Wordpress, Joomla, etc) can be installed in your Brilliant Directories hosting account, as this is exclusively used for your Brilliant Directories website. If you would like to setup a blog for your site, it must be hosted elsewhere.
For ease of use and the ability to use your own subdomain free of charge, we recommend Tumblr.com as a good blogging platform to setup as a subdomain of your site. Here is a link to the setup instructions in the Tumblr Guide.
How to setup a Tumblr Blog on a subdomain (the pre-login steps shown in the Tumblr Guide)
- Login to your cPanel account by clicking on the cPanel link in the top of the Admin area of your site:
If you do not see this link in the Admin area of your site, please submit a ticket to request this access.
- Create a new subdomain (EG blog.mywebsite.com) by clicking on the "Subdomains" link in cPanel and following the instructions found in the cPanel documentation
- Point the CNAME record of your new subdomain to "domains.tumblr.com".
- Login to cPanel as shown above
- Click on "Advanced Zone Editor"
- Find all of the zone files associated with the subdomain created above. For example, if you created a subdomain at blog.mywebsite.com, there will be several records that contain blog.mywebsite.com in them. These may include things like
- For each of these items, do the following:
Click on "Edit"
Select "CNAME" in the "Type" dropdown
Enter "domains.tumblr.com" into the CNAME field that appears
Click on the "Edit Record" button
Once you have completed the above steps, your subdomain is live and pointed to tumblr. Once this is complete, you can continue with the "Post-login steps" shown in the Tumblr Guide and listed below.
- Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
- Click the blog you’d like to update on the right side of the page.
- Click the pencil to the right of the username section and enable "Use a custom domain."
- Enter your domain (e.g. mywebsite.com) or subdomain (e.g. blog.mywebsite.com).
- Click “Test your domain.”
- Correct problems if the test finds any, and click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
- Hit “Save.”
How do I know if I set up my domain properly?
After re-configuring your domain, you must wait up to 72 hours for the changes to take effect. When you visit the subdomain or domain, you should see a Tumblr error page — this means that the domain is correctly pointing to Tumblr, but that your blog hasn’t been configured to use it yet.
What happens when someone visits my Tumblr URL?
They will automatically be redirected to your new custom domain (i.e. david.tumblr.com --> davidslog.com).
If you do not see your cPanel account on your Brilliant Directories site, please notify us through the ticket system and we will help you.
If you would like a developer to do the above steps for you to connect your a subdomain of your site to a Tumblr blog, please feel free to submit that request to the Marketplace to receive quotes from developers who can help you with this.