Most people think of a website owner as someone who builds websites. But, there is a lot more to it than that. A website owner is someone who manages the whole process from idea to execution. They work with brands, design templates, write copy, and code websites.
If you’re looking to take your skills to the next level, learn how to set up a custom domain in ClickFunnels. This post will teach you everything you need to know about setting up a custom domain in ClickFunnels. So, let’s get started.
Before You Begin
Before you begin, make sure you have a domain. You can either purchase one from a domain company (like Namecheap or Google Domains) or use a free domain from a registrar (like Google Domains).
In the case of a free domain, you will need to set up DNS records in order to point the domain to your web server. If you don’t know how to do this, find a tech-savvy friend or family member to help you. They will be able to walk you through the process step-by-step.
Step 1: Create A Custom Page In The Funnel
The first thing you will need to do is create a custom page in the Funnel. You can add a lot of functionality to a custom page by using different HTML tags like headers, footers, buttons, and more. So, this is the perfect place to add anything your heart desires.
To create a custom page, click on the blue dashboard at the top of your Funnel. Then, click on Pages in the left-hand menu.
A new page will appear in the middle of your dashboard. Click on the page icon to go to the edit page.
On the edit page, you will see a small panel in the top-right corner. Click on the three dots to bring up the settings panel.
From there, you can enter a Page Title, select a template for your page, and upload a logo for the page.
After you have finished editing the page, click on the green save button at the top of the page.
Step 2: Add A Domain To Your Funnel
After you have saved a custom page in the Funnel, you will want to add the domain name to your funnel. So, if you have a domain named `techcabal.com`, you will want to add `techcabal.com` to your Funnel.
You can add a single domain or a wildcard `*` to your Funnel. When adding the domain, make sure you use the same TLD (Top-Level Domain) as the one you used for your custom page. For example, if you created a page for `techcabal.com`, you will want to add `techcabal.com` to your Funnel.
If you forget to add the domain name when you are uploading your page, you can add it in the Settings page before you publish your page. Once you are sure that the domain is added, click on the blue dashboard button at the top of your Funnel.
Step 3: Customize Your DNS Records
After you have added the domain name to your Funnel, you will need to create DNS records to point the domain to your web server. A DNS record is a set of instructions that tell your computer or device what to do with a certain domain name. The following are the DNS types you will need to create:
- A Record For Hosting
- AAAA Record For IPv6
- PTR Record For Email
- CNAME Record For Custom Domains
- MX Record For Mail Exchanger
- SPF Record For Protection From Spam
- SRV Record For Protocol Switching
- TXT Record For Mailing Lists
If you have a domain with a hosting company, they will be able to walk you through the process of setting up these DNS records. But, if you are doing this on your own, find a tech-savvy friend or family member to help you. They will be able to walk you through the process step-by-step.
Step 4: Set Up Your Website’s Email
Once you have your DNS records set up, you will want to set up your website’s email. Your website’s email is how you will communicate with customers and internal staff. So, you will need to set up a mail server on your computer or device and configure it to accept emails using your domain.
You can use the mail server on your existing computer to send and receive email or you can purchase a dedicated mail server. The choice is up to you. If you decide to use an existing computer, make sure you have a static IP address. A static IP address will not change from one computer to the next. You can use a VPN to protect your personal information while logging into your mail server. (See more here)
Step 5: Secure Your Mail
After you have set up your email, you will want to secure it. You can do this by using DKIM or SPF. DKIM and SPF are two different methods of verifying that an email is authentic. When a user receives an email with either of these markers, they know that the email is genuine.
Let’s say you have a blog with the domain name `techcabal.com`. Your website’s email will be signed with your domain name and your blog’s name. So, if someone wants to send you an email, they will have to include your website’s email in the header. The email will then appear as though it came from your website, techcabal.com.
You can use a service like MailChimp to set up email marketing campaigns and get notifications when someone replies to your emails or opens them. You will also want to use a service like PureVolume or TuneIn to stream music and podcasts to your visitors.
If you run a business that sells products online, you can use Shopify’s Email Marketing service to send emails to your customers. With Shopify’s Email Marketing service, you will get a dedicated email address that you can use to send out emails. You can also set up autoresponders so that you can follow up with new customers after they make a purchase.
Step 6: Set Up Your Website In A Viable Location
Once you have set up your site with a custom domain and have uploaded your logo and templates, you will want to put your site into a viable location online. There are several options here, depending on what type of content you are delivering. For example, you can use Squarespace’s free hosting or you can purchase a premium account from a company like Bluehost and install WordPress to create a custom website.
If you decide to use Squarespace, you can create a free website with the company’s hosting services. Or, if you choose to use WordPress, you can purchase a premium account at Bluehost and install WordPress to start a blog. You can do this by following the directions in your WordPress installation email.
With a custom domain, you can take your website’s address (techcabal.com) and put it in the place of the http:// in every link you create. This means that anyone who visits the link will be automatically rerouted to your site. So, if you create a link to `www.techcabal.com`, the visitor will be taken to your site.
Additionally, you can give your site a memorable identity by selecting a custom domain. This identity can then be used to create online profiles for you in platforms like Google and Facebook. So, if you are looking for increased visibility, a custom domain is probably the best option for you.