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Connecting an MIT URL to an Outsourced Website

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If you've outsourced your web hosting, and you're working on behalf of an official DLC, you can request that we do a DNS mapping so that your site can be made visible under an MIT name.

If you've already got a website in your MIT name, and you're working on transferring it to new hosting, you will want to use Hostname Migration - Validation ahead of DNS change to validate this carefully ahead of time.

MIT will not delegate name server control (so no NS records) but we will provide CNAME and A records.

In general, look for language like "connect a domain" in your vendor's documentation or service descriptions to find out more about their offerings and processes for connecting an MIT URL to their web hosting services.

SSL/https certificates

Many commercial web hosting providers will also request an appropriate https certificate from Let's Encrypt, once your DNS has been transferred over - the process will often take about 30min to complete. We'll try to note below if we encounter any providers who don't do this smoothly.

Providers

  • Wix


    Note that you can't connect an outside domain to a free Wix site - you will need one of the paid plans.

    Wix Connecting a Domain You Purchased Elsewhere

    Additionally, we won't provide NS records, so from there you will need this option:
    Connecting a Domain to Wix Using Pointing

    Wix can provide the following information: an A record for something.mit.edu, and a CNAME record for www.something.mit.edu - the CNAME data is particular to the site in question and will be something like WWWnn.WIXDNS.NET, where nn is a two digit number. This information can be checked Escalatons team and by then relayed to IDE for an update of MIT's DNS records.

  • Squarespace


    Connecting a Domain to Your Squarespace Site

    Squarespace requires multiple A records, for the primary name, plus a CNAME record for www.something.mit.edu plus a verification code that will be [hd:some string of characters].something.mit.edu as a CNAME to VERIFY.SQUARESPACE.COM. We need to be told what the unique verification code is, but everything else is stock. Client MUST supply the verification string as copied text - screen captures are not acceptable.

  • wpengine


    We will add a single CNAME record to wordpresssitename.wpengine.com, you will need to follow these instructions:

    wpengine Add Domain Site

  • WebFlow


    We will add a single CNAME record:
    TYPENAMEVALUE
    CNAME <mit sitename> proxy-ssl.webflow.com

  • Microsoft Azure (azurewebsites.net)


    Free (F1) tier is not sufficient, need to upgrade to a paid tier. But name mapping by CNAME is available per:

    Azure Custom DNS Tutorial

  • Github Pages (github.io)


    You should establish a something.github.io hostname for the entire site; we will not be able to work with a requested path that is something.github.io/somethingelse.
    Note also that we do not provide Github Pages functionality on our internal github (github.mit.edu) - you must use the externally hosted github if you wish to host web content there.
    We will provide a single CNAME record:
    CNAME <mit sitename> something.github.io

  • Other outsource providers not listed


    Look for documentation that matches to "connect a domain you already own" and "map a hostname". Steer away from a vendor who requires that they manage your DNS for you (or instructions for transferring your domain over to them). We're happy to update this documentation if you've successfully worked through this and have the links you used.

Escalation information for Service Desk Staff

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Overview and request template: [Can I have mything.mit.edu pointing to this other web site?]

IS&T Contributions

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Last Modified:

April 12, 2021

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