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Mobile me website hosting?

Asked by petercostello (25points) September 1st, 2008

I have signed up for a free trial of mobile me. Not sure if I reall y need it as I have flickr/ gmail/ google calendar etc. But Im interested in using the webspace for hosting. Can I do this and point my own domains to folders within iDisk? And If I were to port an exiting wordpress site to mobile me would the urls still work or would it be one of those deals where the domain just redirects or whatever. Doesn’t seem to be much information on this on apple. Hope that makes sense.

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yannick's avatar

If this is simply because you want your own domain name for your blog on wordpress, you can do that directly through wordpress. If not, do the following:

First of all, you should be able to point your domain name to iDisk. With some help from bluemukaki and others, I managed to do this with my own MobileMe account. I’m assuming you have already bought the domain name. I was going to describe the steps to you, but found this that pretty much explains it how I would have.

However, the CNAME part can be a bit tricky. You need to log into your account with your domain name provider and then go to the domain name’s settings, where you should be able to access a section called something like ‘DNS control’ or something similar. Here, there will be a list of CNAMES for your domain name. You might have ones such as wap, e, ftp, email etc. If you chuck any of these extensions in front of your domain name, they will point you to whatever is selected next to each of them (e.g. if you type, it will take you to whatever is listed next to the ‘e’ CNAME record).

This might all seem complicated, but all you need to do is this – or something similar, it’s slightly different from provider to provider. Click on ‘add new CNAME’ or whatever, and put the values listed in (www and This is basically what the document I linked in the first paragraph gets you to do. Once that’s done, you chuck the domain name into MobileMe and it should work. If your domain name provider allows it, you might want to turn on masking (this will simply hide the destination url and keep displaying in the address bar).

As for the wordpress site, again. I don’t know that you can ‘port’ it to mobileme, and setting the domain to redirect straight to the url would be much simpler. Hope that helps…

bluemukaki's avatar

If you have the website you want to host as a series of folders/files, just make sure the home one is called index.html and place it within the ‘Web’ folder on your iDisk.

I found back in the days of .Mac that sometimes it password protects all of your iDisk, so to fix this I created a random site in iWeb, published it and then removed the contents of that from the iDisk folder where that iWeb site was hosted. I then replaced the contents of that with my own files and visiting would automatically load that site placed in the iWeb folder. I’m sure there’s a far simpler way, but thats how I did it back then.

Also, iDisk is a bitch to work with for quick edits or uploading files because it is really, really slow. A simple edit of a 20kb html file can take up to 2 or 3 minutes to save back to the server.

Note also that if you turn DNS masking on, visitors will not see the mobileme URL (like, but any links to other websites will appear to have your URL in the URL bar of a web-browser, regardless of where the link actually redirects. So if you include a link in your blog to an article on MSNBC, then instead of seeing in the URL thing, you’d see the domain name you’ve registered.

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