Configuring your custom domain using GoDaddy

Last Updated: Mar 27, 2014 04:30PM PDT
With Zenfolio accounts, you can use your own Custom Domain with your Zenfolio site.  This can be done on the trial account but to keep using it past the trial will require either the Unlimited plan, Premium plan or Premium Business plan.

GoDaddy is one of many Domain Registrars/Hosts that you can use to register and host your custom domain.  To use the domain with your Zenfolio account, you will need to log in to your GoDaddy account and make some changes to your DNS Zone File to point the domain to Zenfolio.

For a general video presentation on using a custom domain name please click on the Play button below.

Note: The registrar used as the example in the video is GoDaddy. GoDaddy regularly updates their interface so it may look different but the information that needs to be updated is the same. You may also need to contact your registrar for help configuring your DNS.

 

 


Using your own Custom Domain Name

These instructions will guide you through the steps of configuring your Domain Name System (DNS) to point your sub-domain name to your Zenfolio website. This is done in two parts:
 

  • Step 1 will be done at your Registrar
  • Step 2 will be done at Zenfolio

 

Zenfolio hosts your website and your photographs, but does not provide domain name registration services. If you would like to use a custom domain name you first need to register one with a domain registration company (for example GoDaddy, 1&1, Yahoo…).
 

Domain Registrar/Host – a registrar is a company that registers domain names (.com, .net, etc…) and manages information about the domain. Registrars may also provide hosting services, but not always. There are many different registrars/Hosts who offer a range of prices and registration/hosting periods.
 

Please Note:  To use a custom domain, it will need to be hosted by a domain host.  This type of hosting is different from hosting your website data (such as your site customizations and photos) on our servers.  The hosting of your website data is included with your Zenfolio account and is unrelated to the use of a custom domain.


DNS changes are relatively straightforward, however we highly recommend that you thoroughly read the following hints and tips for proper configuration and minimal downtime.
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Things to do:

  •     Read these instructions fully
  •     Contact Support if you have questions
  •     Be patient – it can take up to 48 hours for your changes to be live everywhere
     

Things not to do:

  •     Forwarding/Redirects will not work with Zenfolio
  •     iFrames are not compatible with Zenfolio
  •     change your NAMESERVERS
 

There are two different ways to configure your custom address; Option A or Option B.
 

Option A:  A-Record & CNAME

example: domain.com & www.domain.com.

This is the most common configuration if Zenfolio is your only website. Please click here for specific steps.

 

Option B: CNAME Only

example: photos.domain.com 

This is often used if you have another site, and only want the 'photos' part to go to your Zenfolio site. Please click here for specific steps.



A note about www: Although many people do not know it, the letters www actually function as a sub-domain in the overall structure of domain names on the internet.

 

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