Tumblr Setup and Configuration

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Tumblr is a service that can be used with your domain name. If configured properly, you can still use your hosting with us for other services including email. This KB article will walk you through configuring your domain and hosting to work with Tumblr and still allow for using other services and features.

cPanel Configuration

  1. Login to your cPanel account
  2. Pull up the "Advanced Zone Editor"
    Advanced Zone Editor

    Advanced Zone Editor
  3. Your Advanced Zone editor page may have more entries than the one depicted here. We've cleaned up the list for this article.
  4. Take note of your IP address, this is important as we'll use this later. In our example, our IP is
  5. You have two options now, you can point your entire domain to Tumbler (testdomain.com and www.testdomain.com) or we can point a subdomain to Tumblr.

Option 1: Domain pointing to Tumblr

Using your domain with Tumblr is easy, the only trick is that we have to modify MX records so that mail will continue to work.  We'll cover that in the next section.

  1. To configure your domain to work with Tumblr, click the Edit link next to your domain name.  In our example it is testdomain.com.
    A Record Change
  2. you'll notice that the record is an A record and the Tumblr IP is in the box.  The IP to use is listed on the Tumblr documentation.
  3. Once you have the IP entered, click Edit Record.  This change will take effect immediately but may require up to 24 hours for the DNS change to propagate to your computer.
  4. Because you've changed where your domain points, we'll need to change the CNAME records for mail.testdomain.com and ftp.testdomain.com to A records using the Server's IP that we wrote down earlier.
    Zone Records

  5. Your zone records should now look like ours.  If you already had other subdomains on your account or other services that were setup as CNAMES off your main domain, you'll want to update them to be A Records as well using the Server's IP.  Remember, you'll replace with your server's IP and testdomain.com with your domain name.

Option 2: Subdomain pointing to Tumblr

The other option is to use a subdomain.  This is much simpler to configure.

  1. Pull up the Advanced Zone Editor, this time we're going to add a zone.
    Add Zone
  2. The TTL (Time to Live) should be fine at 14400, advanced users can set this to other lengths of time but 14400 is a good round number.
  3. The Name should be the desired name to use with Tumblr.  Accessing your Tumblr page will be at this new url.
  4. The type should be CNAME and the CNAME should be domains.tumblr.com, again this is from the Tumblr Documentation.
  5. Click Add Record and you're done!  Move on to the Tumblr Setup below.

MX Entry

If you chose to use your domain name and not a subdomain, you'll have to modify your MX Entry. You remember when we set mail.testdomain.com to be an A record? Now we have to set your MX to use mail.testdomain.com.

  1. Open the MX Entry Tool in cPanel
    MX Entry
  2. Make sure Email Routing is set to Local or Automatically Detect
    Email Routing
  3. Next, edit your existing MX, notice it is just testdomain.com, this will send mail to Tumblr, we can't have that.
    MX Records
  4. click Edit and enter mail.testdomain.com in the Destination box.
    MX Edit
  5. Click Edit and you're done! Move on to the Tumblr Setup below.

Tumblr Configration

Now that we've configured our DNS and MX if applicable, we can move on to the Tumblr configuration.

Login to your Tumblr account.

  1. Click Settings (the gear icon) at the top of your Dashboard.
  2. Click the blog you’d like to update on the left side of the page.
  3. Check the box that says “Use a custom domain name” and enter your domain (e.g. testdomain.com) or subdomain (e.g. tumblr.testdomain.com).
  4. Click "Test your domain."
  5. Correct problems if the test finds any, and click "Test your domain" until the test is successful.
  6. Hit "Save."

Tumblr Config
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