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Mapping Your Domain Name to Work with a Homestead Website - eWebsiteSolutions.com

Mapping Your Domain Name to Work with a Homestead Website

 

If you are hosting a website with Homestead®, you can forward a domain name registered with us to access that website. There are several ways to use your domain name with a Homestead website, but we suggest using the following domain name forwarding process:

  1. Park the domain name that you want to host on your Homestead website.
  2. Configure your Homestead account.
  3. Forward the domain name to the www version of your domain name. For example, you can forward coolexample.com to http://www.coolexample.com.
  4. Edit the www CNAME record for the domain name to point to websites.homestead.com.
  5. (Optional) Create a CNAME record for your Homestead storefront.

To Park Your Domain Name

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. Select the domain name you want to host on your Homestead account, and then from the Nameservers list, select Set Nameservers.
  4. Select I want to park my domains.
  5. Click OK twice.

To Configure Your Homestead Account

Use Homestead support for information on setting up your Homestead account to work with your domain name. See Support for Homestead for information and assistance.

To Forward Your Domain Name

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. Select the domain name you want to host on your Homestead website.
  4. From the Forward list, and select Forward Domain.
  5. Select http:// or https://, depending on your server settings.
  6. In the Forward to field, enter your domain name with the www prefix.
  7. To automatically update your nameservers to accommodate your forwarding   changes, select Update my DNS setting to support this change.NOTE: Activating this setting will update your domain name’s nameservers and IP address. If you are currently hosting a website for this domain name, the website will no longer be accessible using this domain name once you save the changes and they propagate.
  8. Click Advanced Options, and select one of the following:
    • Forward Only— Specifies the length of time for this forwarding setting. Select one of the following Redirect types:
      • I am permanently forwarding my domain — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a “301 Moved Permanently” HTTP response. The HTTP 301 response code tells user-agents (including search engines) that the location has permanently moved.
      • I am only temporarily forwarding my domain — Redirects to the site you specified in the Forward To field using a  “302 Found” HTTP response. The HTTP 302 response code tells user-agents  (including search engines) that the location has temporarily moved.
    • Forward with Masking— Prevents the forwarded domain name’s URL from displaying in the browser’s address bar and lets you specify Meta Tags for search engine crawlers by completing the following fields:
      • Title — Displays at the top of the browser window and in search results.
      • Description — A short description of your website to display in search engine results.
      • Keywords — A list of comma-separated keywords that describes the content and purpose of your website.
  9. Click OK.

NOTE: Forwarded domain names can take up to 24 hours to become active.

To Edit Your CNAME Record

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager. The DNS Dashboard displays.
  4. For the domain name you want to forward to your Homestead account, click Edit Zone. The Zone File Editor displays.
  5. In the CNAME (Alias) section, click the www record.
  6. In the Points to field, type websites.homestead.com.
  7. Click Save Zone File, and then click OK.

(Optional) To Create a CNAME Record for Your Storefront

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Next to Domains, click Launch.
  3. From the Tools menu, select DNS Manager. The DNS Dashboard displays.
  4. For the domain name you want to create a CNAME record for, click Edit Zone. The Zone File Editor displays.
  5. Click Add New Record. The Add DNS Record window displays.
  6. From the Record type list, select CNAME (Alias).
  7. Complete the following fields:
    • Enter an Alias Name — Type stores.
    • Points to Host Name — Type stores.homestead.com.
  8. Click OK.
  9. Click Save Zone File, and then click OK. The new record displays in the CNAME (Alias) section.

Any DNS changes you make can take up to 48 hours to propagate.

NOTE: As a courtesy, we provide information about how to use certain third-party products, but we do not endorse or directly support third-party products and we are not responsible for the functions or reliability of such products. Homestead is a service of Intuit®. We are not affiliated with, endorsed, or sponsored by Intuit or Intuit products.


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