I set up an Octopress blog on Github Pages at myusername.github.com. I now want blog.myusername.me (which currently has a Wordpress blog set up) to point to this Octopress blog.

So I followed the instructions here on setting up a custom domain:

  • I ran echo 'blog.myusername.me' >> source/CNAME in my Octopress repository, and then ran rake generate and rake deploy to deploy it to Github.
  • I went to Namecheap, and added a new CNAME under my myusername.me domain: "blog -> myusername.github.com -> CNAME".
  • Waited a couple hours.

However, now when I go to myusername.github.com, it redirects me to blog.myusername.me (which is my old Wordpress blog), which seems like the inverse of what I want. (Going to blog.myusername.me directly still shows my Wordpress blog.)

I checked http://www.whatsmydns.net/#CNAME/blog.myusername.me and it seems like my DNS has propagated (myusername.github.com shows up in the right-hand side).

Any ideas what I'm doing wrong?

3 Answers 3


If the DNS has started to propagate, you may be facing caching on your computer or ISP's DNS server. I'd wait for a bit, or try either:

  • temporarily using a different DNS provider, e.g. OpenDNS or Google Public DNS (you may need to restart your browser or OS)
  • checking from a computer using a different ISP/DNS server

Good luck.

  • +1 Without more info about the situation I think this is the most likely cause. DNS changes take time to propagate. Here's some info on how to clear your local cache in Windows/OSX. docs.cpanel.net/twiki/bin/view/AllDocumentation/…. It may take additional time for the remote DNS servers to update to reflect the changes. Apr 8, 2012 at 6:01

You can't set nameservers and CNAME records.

Go to Namecheap.com --> Manage Domains and click on the domain you want to manage. Then, go to All Host Records and change the settings to this. enter image description here


Without knowing the your actual domain name it's hard to help, but I would recommend you use IP Tools to figure out where the DNS is actually pointing.

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