Basics: Setting up your domain

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Overview

Setting up a custom domain is the final step of going live with your DudaOne site. This will allow you to have your website come up under your own name and brand.  Using your own domain name is only available for users who have a Business+ plan. (If you are on the personal plan, you will be using the default DudaOne Domain.)

Getting a domain

If you don't already have a domain, you will need to purchase one. While Duda doesn't sell domains directly, after publishing your website inside Duda you can choose to purchase a domain from providers like Google Domains or Hover directly inside the Duda platform.  When you do this, your domain will be automatically configured to work with your DudaOne website.  Please see Purchase a New Domain for more information.

If you'd prefer to use a different domain provider, please see our list of compatible domain registrars.  Once you have your own domain name from one of these providers you'll need to take additional steps to connect your domain to your DudaOne site. 

Connecting your domain to your DudaOne site

The first step in getting your domain setup is making sure you have the correct setting in Duda. You either set this while publishing the site for the first time or you can set this from the DudaOne editor --> Manage Site --> Site URL.  In here you will want to put your domain name, such as bobspizza.com or johnstaxi.net. This tells Duda that you will be using this domain for your new website.

After you've told Duda what your domain is, you will want to login to your domain host. This is usually where you purchased the domain from, such as GoDaddy or HostGator. After you've logged in, you will want to find your domain section. Proceed to edit your DNS records and create a new CNAME record with the following settings:

Host/Alias: www

Destination/Target: s.dudaone.com

Next, you will want to setup your domain to redirect traffic to the www.example.com URL. To do this, you will want to find the redirect section under your domain settings. You will want to redirect traffic from yoursite.com to www.yoursite.com. Your domain host will allow you to redirect this easily inside of the redirect section.

After you've set these items up, please wait patiently.  After creating a CNAME record, it can take up to 24 hours for the records to be sent out across the internet.

Transferring your domain

Some domain hosts do not support 301 redirects or CNAME records. If your domain host is one of these, you will need to transfer your domain to another host before you can connect your domain to your DudaOne site. This process differs from host to host, but we have a generic guide you can review here. We have a chart of common domain hosts and their compatibility with DudaOne here.

What will happen to my old site?

If you are using DudaOne to replace an existing site, you will be taking the old site offline. By changing the DNS settings (as you have just done), you are telling visitors to go to the new DudaOne site instead of the original website you used. This means that any of your old content will no longer be easily available online. See our recommendations for transferring your site to Duda.

Considerations

While creating a CNAME record, you might have setup other records for the wwwvalue of your site. If this is the case, you will want to delete the previous www value and create the CNAME record with the values above.

 

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