Using a custom domain name

This page will explain how to use a custom domain name with your Sketchanet website

What is a custom domain?

A custom domain is your own domain name that you can choose such as:

http://www.exampledomain.com

 

When you link a custom domain, instead of accessing your website at http://exampleaccount.sketchanet.com you would be able to get to it at http://www.exampledomain.com


You have two options:

 

1) Link an existing domain name you have already registered

2) Register a new domain

 

Note: You can use one or more custom domain names with a Sketchanet website, but please note that you will require a valid subscription for the account in question.

 

Other pages

Link an existing domain

 

Step One

If you have already registered a domain name somewhere else, then you need to modify the DNS settings for the domain so that it points to our servers. To do so, you will need to log in to the control panel of the domain registrar where you registered your domain.

Once logged in, look for the option to modify the DNS settings. The exact process will vary between registrars.

 

The DNS settings you need to make are shown below:


Create a CNAME record with a value of www and a destination of loadbalancer.sketchanet.com
Create an A record with a value of @ or leave blank (depending onyour registrar), and a destination of 174.129.25.170

 

 

Step Two

Next you have to tell our system that you want your domain name to point to a particular website. To do so, log in to http://manage.sketchanet.com and choose the website in question.  On the overview page for the website, scroll down to the DOMAINS section and click on ADD DOMAINS. Then follow the instructions.

Register a new domain

 

To register a new domain through Sketchanet the process is much easier as there is only one step:


Log in to http://manage.sketchanet.com and choose the website in question.  

 

On the overview page for the website, scroll down to the DOMAINS section and click on ADD DOMAINS. Then follow the instructions.

 

You will be prompted to make a payment (prices are listed on that page and they vary per domain extension) after which your domain will be registered and automatically mapped to your website.