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Identify your domain host
Your domain host is the Internet hosting service that stores the records you'll need to change to customize your forum address to use your own domain name (ie: forums.yourdomain.com). These records are usually available through the hosting service that stores them. You make these changes by accessing your domain host, not in your Website Toolbox Admin console.
If you're not sure who your domain host is, there are a few ways to find out.
Try finding your domain host by looking up its name servers. Here are a few free tools that can help you out.
Search the whois database (pronounced who-is)
Alternately perform a name server (NS) lookup
Interpret the results
In many cases, the Registrar (reported in the whois results) is also your domain host. Sometimes, however, another "go-between" company is hosting your domain's DNS servers. To make sure either way, check out the name servers. Sometimes the servers themselves reveal the name of your host. The name servers in the results above, for example, show that EveryDNS is the domain host for theurbanexperience.org.
If your name servers don't name a specific company but are more obscure (as in asadns1.name-services.com), you can often find the name of your host by performing a search at Google.com for the server name. Search results will likely mention the company who owns that server.