Custom Domain Step 4: DNS
Before move on, you may want to sign up for a new account with DNS Made Easy. You may already have an account with another DNS provider, in which case you will want to keep the following in mind:
- Your current DNS provider MUST allow for the creation of records that can handle Fully Qualified Domain Names. DNS Made Easy, for instance, uses ANAME records for this. If you are unsure whether your current DNS provider has these capabilities, you may want to consider moving to DNS Made Easy or DNSimple.
- This guide will step you through working with DNS Made Easy - if you use a different service, please refer to their documentation or contact their support for additional assistance.
Are you already hosting your DNS records with your domain registrar like GoDaddy or others? Then please ensure you replicate all your other DNS settings into DNS Made Easy
eg: MX record, TXT record, subdomains other than www
Do this BEFORE updating your Name Servers to the DNS Made Easy Name Servers. This will ensure your current email, google app verification keys, etc, keep working.
If you haven't done so already, you will need to add your domain to DNS Made Easy. To do this, log in to your account, and at the top select DNS > Managed DNS
From this page, select 'Add Domain'
A window will appear prompting you to enter your domain. Enter the root domain (without www)
Once you have added your domain, navigate back to DNS > Managed DNS. You will see a tab called 'Name Servers'. You will need to update the Name Servers that you have set up with your domain registrar, and replace them with the ones that DNS Made Easy gives you. If you need further assistance with this, please reach out to Near Me support, or the support line for your domain registrar.
Click on the 'Records' tab at the top, and you will see a list of new records you can add. Find 'ANAME' and click on the plus sign in the lower left corner.
A window will appear. In the FQDN field, enter the full DNS name that was generated in your admin dashboard, followed by a period. You can locate the full DNS name by logging into your admin dash and going to Settings > Domains.
Be sure to include a period at the end of your DNS name in this field, or it may not be configured properly.
Remember this Important note!
Are you already hosting your DNS records with your domain registrar like GoDaddy or others?
Then please ensure you replicate all your other DNS settings into DNS Made Easy eg: MX record, TXT record, subdomains other than www^ Do this BEFORE updating your Name Servers to the DNS Made Easy Name Servers. This will ensure your current email, google app verification keys, etc, keep working.
You will now update the NAME SERVER details for the Domain Registrar you bought your domain from and enter the DNS Made Easy Name Server details.
Please allow up to 24 hours for DNS changes to propogate on the web. If after that time your custom domain is not taking you to your marketplace on Near Me, please reach out to support for additional assistance.
You may also want to further configure your DNS to include, for example, proper subdomain redirection (i.e. www.example.com => example.com, or example.com => www.example.com). If you need assistance setting this up, please reach out to DNS Made Easy support to learn more about creating the appropriate records.
Note also that if you are experiencing problems with your SSL certificate, you can use this tool to ensure that your certificate was set up properly: https://www.ssllabs.com/ssltest/analyze.html
Please test your SSL setup to ensure it is given an A grade by Qualys. This should be done once your domain is resolved correctly. For more information on this, click here.