GoDaddy custom domain

Setting up your custom domain on GoDaddy

You have two options for your custom domain. You can use a domain (like mywebsite.com) or you can use a subdomain (like bio.mywebsite.com). Your subdomain can be whatever you want to call it, it doesn't have to be links!

If you want to setup a domain, then continue reading. If you want to setup a subdomain, scroll farther down the page! If you need help deciding between domain or subdomain, check out our FAQ at the bottom.

Setting up a domain

Setting up a domain means that you want to use something like mywebsite.com for your page. If you want to use something like bio.mywebsite.com, then scroll down to "Setting up a subdomain." I suggest watching the video tutorial right below (you may have to turn off your adblocker to see the video).

  1. Buy the domain on GoDaddy
  2. Click on the three dots icon and click "Manage DNS"
  1. In your DNS settings, set the following. It helps to copy and paste these values in. Some domain providers may use different names for these values. Check out the screenshots below for some examples of what it should look like.
    1. Set an A record with:
      1. "Host" of @
      2. "Points to" of 213.188.192.2
      3. Don't worry about TTL, you can leave it alone
    2. Set an AAAA record with:
      1. "Host" of @
      2. "Points to" of 2a09:8280:1:9032:60eb:1797:5542:d0db
      3. Don't worry about TTL, you can leave it alone
  2. Enter your custom domain in your account settings. Don't include the https:// part, only enter the mywebsite.com part. And then click submit!
  3. Now we wait for the information you just entered to be sent across the internet and around the world. If you see the error in the screenshot below during this period, it's very normal as we setup the security of your custom domain. This setup typically takes 30 minutes but may take up to 48 hours. If it's been longer than 48 hours and things still aren't working, please contact us!
    1. You can click the "Check status" button for real-time updates and information of your custom domain.
Here's what your Records should look like:
An error message similar to this one is expected for up to 48 hours after you setup your custom domain:

Setting up a subdomain

Setting up a domain means that you want to use something like bio.mywebsite.com for your page. If you want to use something like mywebsite.com, then scroll up to "Setting up a domain." I suggest watching the video tutorial below (you may have to turn off your adblocker to see the video).

  1. Buy the domain on GoDaddy
  2. Click on the three dots icon and click "Manage DNS"
  3. In your DNS settings, set the following.
    1. Set CNAME with:
      1. Name as the subdomain you want. For example, if you want bio.mywebsite.com then set Name as bio If you want page.mywebsite.com then set Name as page
      2. Domain name (may be called Target) of beacons.fly.dev
  4. Enter your custom domain in your account settings. Don't include the https:// part, only enter the bio.mywebsite.com part. And then click submit!
  5. Now we wait for the information you just entered to be sent across the internet and around the world. If you see the error in the screenshot below during this period, it's very normal as we setup the security of your custom domain. This setup typically takes 30 minutes but may take up to 48 hours. If it's been longer than 48 hours and things still aren't working, please contact us!
    1. You can click the "Check status" button for real-time updates and information of your custom domain.
Two examples of setting a CNAME:

Google domains:

Cloudflare:

An error message similar to this one is expected for up to 48 hours after you setup your custom domain:

FAQ

  1. Will my website be secured?
    1. Yes! We setup and provide HTTPS automatically for your domain so that your visitors will always know that their privacy is protected with the lock icon 🔒 in the address bar. Advanced users: We provide the SSL certificate so if you already provide your own and run into errors, you should use the one that we issue.
  2. Should I use a domain or a subdomain?
    1. If you own mywebsite.com and don't have anything there yet, like your blog or shop, then we suggest using your domain! On the other hand, if mywebsite.com already points to something like your Wordpress, Blogger, or Shopify, then we suggest using a subdomain like bio.mywebsite.com or links.website.com so that you can use both websites at the same time.


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