The first step was to createa new subdomain on my webhost… I used sanjuanislands.chrisspaulding.com … then I had to go into create a CNAME for it per these instructions … .Then I waited a day or two and proceeded to the next step.
I got logged into idx broker and went to the “Account Management” tab and the “Domain Control” sub-section. Here are the settings I put into the “Custom Domain” field… and then selected the “custom domain” radio button… then clicked “Change Domain Settings”….
All the old links hardcoded into www.ChrisSpaulding.com linking to the old chrisspaulding.idxco.com subdomain still worked and actually forwarded automatically to his new custom domain. I still changed all the links on our site using our Dreamweaver template and some search and replace.
The next thing I did was copy in my GAAddons script to properly track traffic accross the domain and subdomain… previously I was doing this via another inferior method. The GAAddons script does a few extra things to enhance analytics ( outgoing click tracking for one ).
Next we needed to change the “Global HTML Wrapper” code in the idx broker dashboard… I just replaced chrisspaulding.idxco.com with sanjuanislands.chrispaulding.com again in both the Header Code and Footer Code. I also updated the GAaddons analytics script here before submitting my changes.
Next I visited the site and made sure all was working without a hitch ( which it was ).
Next step was to do the search and replace / analytics swap on some of my misc pages not already updated via the dreamweaver template….. I used my favorite search and replace app Text Workbench for the job: