So you’ve set up your Shout’Em network and it’s growing steadily. Maybe you’ve already customized the look, but something’s still missing. Yes! Your own custom domain name…
What is a Domain Name?
A domain name is a web site address, such as our very own www.shoutem.com. Domain names come in all shapes and sizes. You can get a top level domain name (TLD) such as a .com, .net or .org. You can also get country specific domain names, like .us (for the United States), .de (Germany), .cn (China), etc. Your own domain name helps your site stand out from the crowd. Most registrars (companies that let you register a domain name) are inexpensive, so you can, for example, find a .com for under $10 a year. Keep in mind that most of the shorter domain names have already been registered, so you’ll probably have to do some research to find an available domain name. Here are some registrars you can check out:
How to Set Up Your Domain Name on Shout’Em
Setting up your custom domain for your Shout’Em network involves two steps:
1. Set it Up at Shout’Em
- Go to your Shout’Em My Networks dashboard;
- Enter your domain name in the Private domain field.
That’s the first step, lets move on…
2. Set Up the DNS Settings for Your Domain Name
To set up your domain name to point to your Shout’Em network, you have to set up the DNS:
- In your DNS settings, enter a A-record for your domain to point to our server;
- The host name is “www”;
- The IP address is “126.96.36.199”;
- Save it!
Example – How to Set Up GoDaddy
Here’s an example of setting up the DNS settings at GoDaddy, a popular domain registrar:
Log into GoDaddy and click on Domain manager.
Choose your domain name and click on Total DNS Control in its control panel.
Click to Add New A Record.
Enter the host name (www) and IP address (188.8.131.52), and leave the TTL at 1 hour.Save it!
Go to your Shout’Em My Networks dashboard and enter your domain name in the Private domain field.
Now you’ve setup your domain name – congratulations! One more step to creating an awesome microblogging network with Shout’Em… If you have any additional questions or feedback, feel free to post it in the comments.