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You can point a domain name to a child portal so that the child appears to be a stand-alone website.  Instead of the URL being something like http://parentportal/child, the URL can be http://childportal.com.   This is called setting an http alias.

You have to buy the domain name that you want to use.   Enom.com is a good place to purchase domain names. 
For the alias to work, have your ISP point the full domain name you are assigning to the child to the ROOT folder if the DNN parent (in this case, virtualnorthwoods.net is the parent), not the child portal folder.    When someone types in the full domain name (e.g. bluestarmoms.net in this case),  the request goes to the DNN root folder, and DNN routes the request to the child portal folder. 

1.  Log on as host.

2.  Hover over Host and pick Portals.

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3.  Select the child portal you want to add a new http alias for.   In this case, I purchased the domaikn name 'bluestarmoms.net' and I want to point it to an existing child portal named 'virtualnorthwoods.net/bluestarmoms.' 

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4.  This will bring up the Site Settings dialog page.

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5.  At the very bottom of the page, you will find the 'Portal Aliases'.  Click on 'Add new HTTP alias'.

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6.  Enter the new alias (domain name) you have registered and want to use.  In this case, I'm adding a full domain name, 'http://bluestarmoms.net' to the child portal 'virtualnorthwoods.net/bluestarmoms'.   

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7.  Click 'Update'

8.  I want to also add 'http://www.bluestarmoms.net'  as an alias.   Click on 'add new HTTP alias'.

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9.  Enter the new alias. Click update.

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10.   You will see all the alias' entered for the child listed.

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11.  Return to the Portals tab.  You will see all the aliases listed for each portal here, too.

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12.  For the alias to work, have your ISP point the full domain name you are assigning to the child to the ROOT folder if the DNN parent (in this case, the parent is virtualnorthwoods.net), not the child portal folder.    When someone types in the full child domain name (e.g. bluestarmoms.net),  the request goes to the DNN root folder, and DNN routes the request to the child portal folder. 

      

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