Monday, July 1, 2013

How to: Add Your Custom Domain to Your SITEFLY Website.


There are many benefits associated with owning your own custom domain for your site. Some of which include:

  • It's good for your brand image.
  • It will make your site more visible in search.
  • It's better for SEO.
  • Your customers expect it!

So, what happens when you create a site and it's now time to attach your custom domain? For tech-savvy individuals, logging into your DNS manager and changing your A Record to point to a new IP is a breeze; however, for some users, this task is not only foreign but also quite intimidating.

In this post, we will provide an overview of a general set of instructions along with a list of registrar specific support to help get your custom domain quickly added to your site.


General Instructions


Step 1: Add an A Record to point domain to your new site.

These instructions are in place under the assumption you have already purchased/registered a custom domain name.  If you have not completed this step, you will first have to purchase a domain using a 3rd-party registrar like GoDaddy, NameCheap, DreamHost or any other provider who offers Full DNS services.
1.     Login to your chosen Domain Registrar- E.g. GoDaddy, Dreamhost, Network Solutions.
2.     Go to their DNS management  or Zone File settings page.
3.     Create an A Record
4.     The IP address of your record must point to: “166.78.40.60

Step 2:  Add Domain to site:

a.     Within your sites editor, click the "Add Your Domain" button.
b. Then, within the entry box labeled "Link an Extra Domain" type in your custom domain.



c. Click "Add" before exiting workspace. When added correctly, you will notice we display you
new domain as 'Current domains linked to your site'



            Note: DNS changes may not go into effect immediately.  In cases,
                      may take up to 48 hours.

Registrar Specific Instructions

If you are new to DNS management, please follow along with the following registrar specific instructions to assist you in adding your custom domain.


GoDaddy:
Step 1: Login to your GoDaddy Account
Step 2: Access account settings
Once in your account, click the Domains link under the list of All Products.  In the menu,
navigate to Domain Management and click through.
Step 3: Access GoDaddy Domains
Click on the domain you would like to use within the Domain Name list.

Step 4: Access Advanced DNS Settings
Navigate to the DNS Manager and click Launch
Step 5: Point your Domain to SITEFLY
In the space labeled A (Host), click the box where you find @ followed by an IP Address.
 Here you will enter: 166.78.40.60 and click ‘Save Zone File”
Step 7:  Add Domain to your SITEFLY site.
When in your SITEFLY account, click the “Go Live” button for the site you wish to 
publish.  In the space where it says “Link an Extra Domain”, enter your new domain and
click “Add”

Need more help? 

Call GoDaddy Support to have a rep help you: (480) 505-8877

Dreamhost:
Step 1:  Login to Your Dreamhost Account
Step 2: Access Dreamhost Account Settings and Domain
        After clicking the Domains link, then click Manage Domains
Step 3: Deactivate Fully Hosted setting
        Within the Web Hosting column, if it says that your domain is Fully Hosted/user: you, the  
click the Remove button.
Step 4: Access DNS Settings for your Domain
        Click the link below your domain name where it reads “DNS”
Step 5: Point Your Domain to SITEFLY (Part 1- CNAME Record)
Navigate to the Add a custom DNS record to mydomain.com: For the Name you need to  
add www. Set the Type to CNAME.  In the Value section, enter www.sitefly.co .  Then click
Add Record Now!
Step 6: Point Your Domain to SITEFLY.  (Part 2 – A Record)
In the Add a custom DNS record to mydomain.com section, leave the Name blank.  Set 
the Type to A. The Value is 166.78.40.60.  Then click Add Record Now!
Step 7:  Add Domain to your SITEFLY site.
When in your SITEFLY account, click the “Go Live” button for the site you wish to 
publish.  In the space where it says “Link an Extra Domain”, enter your new domain and 
click “Add”

Network Solutions:
Step 1: Login to  Your Network Soutions Account
Step 2:  Create Custom DNS Setting
Within your Account Manager screen, under the My Products & Services tab, click the 
Edit DNS button.
Step 3: Edit Advance DNS Records
        Click the Edit Advanced DNS Records link for the domain you want to modify.
Step 4:  Edit A Records
        In the IP Address (A Records) section, click the Edit A Records button.  On the next 
scree, enter your Numeric IP in all active fields to read 166.78.40.60.  Then click 
"Continue."
Step 5: Confirm and Save A Record Changes
        After confirming A record IP address changes, click the Save Changes button.
Step 6:  Add Domain to your SITEFLY site.
When in your SITEFLY  account, click the “Go Live” button for the site you wish to 
publish.  In the space where it says “Link an Extra Domain”, enter your new domain and 
click “Add"

Need more help?

Call Network Solutions Support at: 1-877-811-0755


1&1.com:
Step 1: Login to Your 1&1 account
Step 2: Enter Your Domains
        Click Domains under Domains & Web Space
Step 3: Edit DNS Settings
Check the box next to your domain name, then click DNS.  Within the drop down menu,
select Edit DNS Settings
Step 4:  Enter IP Address once in the Edit DNS Settings
Step 5: Point Your Domain to SITEFLY
Under the Control Panel, make sure DNS box is checked.  In the Basic DNS Settings 
menu, select 1&1 name server.  Under Advanced DNS Settings, check Other IP address
then add new IP: 166.78.40.60.  Click OK.
Step 6:  Add Domain to your SITEFLY site.
When in your SITEFLY  account, click the “Go Live” button for the site you wish to 
publish.  In the space where it says “Link an Extra Domain”, enter your new domain and
click “Add”

Need more help?

Call 1&1.com Support at: 1-866-991-2631


Hover:
Step 1: Login to your Hover account
Step 2: Switch to DNS tab
If you only have 1 domain with Hover, you will automatically be taken to the domain 
interface for your domain name.  Then simply click on the DNS tab to edit your DNS 
 records.

Note:  If you have multiple domains, you first need to select the domain you wish to map.
Step 3:  Edit DNS records
By default, Hover already has 2 A Records added  to your account.  Hover your mouse 
over the entry for the @ record and select Edit DNS.  In the IP address field, enter: 
166.78.40.60 and click Save.  Repeat this step for the * record as well.
Step 4: Add Domain to your SITEFLY site.
When in your SITEFLY account, click the “Go Live” button for the site you wish to 
publish.  In the space where it says “Link an Extra Domain”, enter your new domain and 
click “Add”

Need more help?

Call Hover Support at: 1-866-731-6556

3 comments:

  1. Please another dumb instruction for DUPLIKA.COM

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    1. Hi Juan,

      I recommend contacting DUPLIKA.COM Support (info@duplika.com) directly and ask their support representative to edit your A records.

      Here's what you'll need to ask their representative to do:
      1. Go to your DNS management page
      2. Create an "A Record"
      3. The IP address of your record must point to: "166.78.40.60"

      Please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks!

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