This article explains how you can manually change your Registrar settings to use Showit as your Direct Host. The steps below are only for users that do not have a blog and do not need a blog at their domain. Before continuing to do any of the following changes:
- Backup any data from your current web host
- Go through the Domain Setup to submit your domain name to Showit
- Publish your site
- Read through the explanation of Hosting and Direct Host
When setting up a Domain Name to be fully hosted with Showit, there are two options to point a web address at our server. If the domain name was registered through Google as recommended, there is a third option.
Option 1: Have Showit Configure My Domain For Me (For users with or without a blog)
We would prefer if you would allow us to setup your domain to ensure that it’s done as fast as possible and correctly. Domain setups are completed Monday – Friday 9am-5pm Pacific time by Showit. Your domain will be configured within 24 hours on business days.
- Choose Site Settings > Manage Domains in Showit and select the option for Showit configure my domain.
Option 2: Configure Your Own Domain (Only for users without a blog)
If the Registrar for that the domain provides advanced DNS configuration, you can add an A record that points to our server directly within their DNS management console.
For the DNS records for the domain, you need to add the following records:
- @ points to: 126.96.36.199
- * points to: 188.8.131.52
- www pointing to blank or @ so that www forwards to the root record.
The configuration should look similar to this screenshot from Godaddy:
If you do not see any options like this in your registrar account, contact the Showit Support team by clicking the help icon in the bottom right corner of Showit 5 and we will help you get everything setup!
Configuring Domain Through Google Apps Account
If the domain name was registered through Google Apps, Google already configured the majority of the DNS settings. However, the root record of the site needs to be changed to point to the Showit website. To modify these settings, login to Google Apps at:
Click on Manage This Domain at the top.
Click Domain Settings then Domain names then Advanced DNS Settings. If the site was just registered, the Advanced DNS Settings won’t be available until the transaction is complete and the domain is fully registered.
On the Advanced DNS Settings page, this provides the login info for the domain registrar Google used to register your domain. Right Click the Sign in to DNS console and open in a new window. Copy the sign in name and password from the Google page to login to the Registrar.
Once logged in, click on the domain name and then the Total DNS. Refer back to the Domain Records section above but you will only need to add the root A record and the www CNAME record since the other records would have been configured by Google already.