DNS Setup for Custom Domains
WARNING!!! Your previous website will NO LONGER BE ACCESSIBLE on this domain once you run through these steps. If you intend on keeping some of your content on another hosting platform and accessible via this domain, you may want to Setup a Custom Subdomain instead.
If you'd like our team to setup your Custom Domain for you, you can purchase a Custom Domain Setup here: https://dropfunnels.com/custom-domain-setup/
Below you will find the video walkthrough and step-by-step instructions for setting up your custom domain with DropFunnels.
Follow these instructions in the exact order listed below in order for your DNS to properly connect to DropFunnels.
Connect Custom Domain with DropFunnels
Step 1: Create a free Cloudflare account here (if you have an existing Cloudflare account, move to the next step).
Step 2: On the Home page of Cloudflare, click the Add a Site button.
Step 3: Type in your domain, yourdomain.com (without the www) and hit Add Site.
Step 4: Select the Free plan and click Confirm Plan.
NOTE: Your current DNS configuration will now be copied into your CloudFlare account.
Step 5: Delete ALL records that match the following criteria:
- A records where the Type=A and the Name=yourdomain.com
- CNAME records where the Type=CNAME and the Name=www
- Any CNAME record where Name=yourdomain.comClick on the Edit link and then Delete button that is associated with those records:
Step 6: Add an A record pointing to DropFunnels in your DNS settings by inputting the following and hit Save:
Proxy status: Click the orange cloud on the right and switch the record to ‘DNS Only’ (gray cloud).
Step 7: Add a CNAME record by using the following inputs and hit Save.
Proxy status: Proxied (orange cloud)
Step 8: Click Continue. This will take you to the Change your nameservers page. Keep this Cloudflare page open.
The next few steps are going to walk you through updating your DNS nameservers. In this example we are going to be using GoDaddy. This is the same process no matter what registrar, the only difference is the interface and where your DNS Management is located.
Step 9: Change your nameservers by selecting I'll use my own nameservers.
Step 10: Copy and Paste both Nameserver 1 and Nameserver 2 from Cloudflare, into your domain registrar (in this case, GoDaddy), then hit Save.
This step can take up to 24 hours, depending on the registrar. Please be patient and wait a full 24 hours before reaching out to support. In most instances, it will resolve itself.
IMPORTANT! Once you save your nameserver changes at your domain registrar, it will typically take 60 minutes to propagate, some registrars may take longer. You MUST wait until this propagates.
Step 11: Use this DNS Checker to monitor the progress. Simply input your domain, select A and hit the Search button. Once you start to see the DropFunnels IP address showing up (18.104.22.168) in the different locations, you can proceed to the Step 5 below.
NOTE: If any other IP addresses are showing up along with 22.214.171.124, please see Step 5 about deleting any existential ‘A Records’. It’s important that the DropFunnels IP is the ONLY address assigned to ‘yourdomain.com’.
If any other IP address shows up, verify in CloudFlare that it’s the ONLY ‘A Record’ assigned to ‘yourdomain.com’. If so, go into your registrar and delete any forwarding URLs. These are located at the bottom right hand side of your settings in GoDaddy. Other registrars will vary.
Step 12: Go back to CloudFlare and click the Done, Check Nameservers button.
Step 13: You’ll be brought to the “Quick Start Guide” to improve security and performance. Click the Get Started button. Your settings should look like below. When they do, click Finish.
- SSL/TLS Encryption Mode: FULL
- Always Use HTTPS: ON
- Auto Minify: JS, CSS, HTML
- Brotli: ON
Step 14: Click on the Page Rules at the top of the Cloudflare dashboard. Proceed to click on the Create Page Rule button.
Step 15: Type/Select the following information (using your own domain).
Then the settings are:
301 - Permanent Redirect
Step 16: Click Save and Deploy
Step 17: Login to your DropFunnels account, go to the Marketing> Integrations > Domain page, input your domain (without the www) and hit the Set Custom Domain button.
NOTE: If you are receiving an error after clicking the Set Custom Domain button, please wait 15 minutes and try again.
Step 18: When successfully setup, you will be taken to a landing page while your website is completing the setup. This typically takes less than 5 minutes. Once completed, you will then login to your DropFunnels back office using your custom URL: yourdomain.com/login
Step 19: Go back into your CloudFlare dashboard and Click DNS Settings. Find the ‘A Record’ that you added earlier (pointing to 126.96.36.199). Click the Edit link, then click the orange cloud to set the ‘Proxied status’ back to ‘Proxied’ and save the changes (orange cloud).