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I'm trying to use a CNAME file in my git hub project to point to my wordpress registered domain name. E.g. to point to

I read Github-Setting up a custom domain and it tells me to point the domain to their servers:

For a TLD like, you should use an A record pointing to

But in the wordpress domain manager I only get the option to specify a nameserver like this:


Inputting in the wordpress manager give me an "invalid TLD." What am I doing wrong and how can I troubleshoot this issue?

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Nameservers and DNS are different things. Github has asked you to setup the DNS, Wordpress is asking you to setup nameservers.

Their relationship is that the nameservers (e.g. and specify where a client should go to find the DNS records

In this case, if Wordpress doesn't offer you DNS management, you should get a free one (you can Google for this).

At that point, you setup that is called an A Record which points to So, it'll look something like this: IN A

The final step would be to setup those nameservers that this free DNS hosting provider gives you, ns1.free_dns_hosting.tld and ns1.free_dns_hosting.tld. It might be worth spending a few minutes to check if Wordpress gives you DNS management or not, before starting this process.

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For some reason I was confused with DNS/Nameservers. Thanks for the thorough explanation! – Dave Castillo Jul 4 '12 at 22:19
No problem. If you're happy with the answer, please press the green hollow tick on the left to accept it :-) – Jay Jul 4 '12 at 22:34
Ahh! Clicking on the green arrow marks it as answered. I apologize for the novice questions. Stack Exchange has been excellent in answering my questions that I have not had to make an account till now. I'd also give you an vote up but I need 10 rep points. – Dave Castillo Jul 4 '12 at 22:45
Indeed! No worries. You might like to have a browse over the FAQ for more, it's worth a read! – Jay Jul 4 '12 at 22:48

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