Yesterday I set up this blog. 1and1 provides an automatic blog installer — it’s kind of nifty — but being who I am, I played with that a bit and then went and set up WordPress.org manually. Mostly because I wanted to be able to “get under the hood,” as it were, and get my hands dirty.

Today, I got my hands dirty. ;-) At the top of this page you will see a series of tabs that link to other Web pages: “Runes of Binaria?” and “Ars Magica” are there today. Generally, for most normal bloggers, those link to new pages in the same domain. (The domain is just the part of the Web address with dots in it, which occurs right after the http:// and before any other slashes.) For example, in my case, they’d link to www.andrewgronosky.org/some-other-page.

Being who I am, I wanted some of my links to go to a different domain: arsmagica.andrewgronosky.org to be precise. (Note how my desired domain doesn’t start with “www”).

It turns out to be dead easy to do that. All I had to do was find and install a WordPress plugin called Page Links To. So I installed it, and about three minutes later I had set up a link to my Ars Magica page, which now resides in its own special domain. Note that I didn’t put any real content on that page… that will come within a couple of weeks.

I don’t recall that the auto-installed blog had an option to add my own plug-ins. So I’m already vindicated in my choice to set up my blog manually.