Launching your site is quick and easy. If you'd like, we will do all of this for you. Contact [email protected] and we'll take care of it.
If you'd rather do it yourself follow this guide exactly. There are no optional steps.
Set up Billing
In order to use a custom domain on our Platform you have to be on a paid account.
- Click My Accounts & Payments
- Choose A Plan
- Enter your Payment Method.
- The domain mapping features will now be unlocked.
Purchase a domain
If you don’t already own a domain you can purchase a domain from any provider. We recommend hover.com. They are easy and affordable and this link will give you a few dollars off.
Pointing Your Domain to The Church Co
First we need to set up an account with CloudFlare to manage your DNS. It is free and offers added security. Our IP Address changes constantly so you CANNOT use A records to point to our sites.
PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT AN OPTIONAL STEP, YOU MUST SET UP CLOUDFLARE.
STEP 2: Add CloudFlare Nameservers to your Domain.
Log into your domain registar and enter the CloudFlare NameServers into the nameserver field of your domain.
STEP 3: Go Back To CloudFlare
- In CloudFlare you need to wait until the Overview tab says "Active"
- Once Active Click on the SSL Tab. Then Click Edge Certificatates.
- Wait until the certificate is listed as "Active"
STEP 4: Add the DNS Records to CloudFlare.
In CloudFlare click the DNS tab at the top. You need to enter two records below.
If you get an error saying that a record with that name already exists then you need to remove the existing record so that you can add the new one.
IMPORTANT! Do NOT use “A” records to point to our site as our IP changes and this will cause your site to go down.
STEP 5: Enter your domain in The Church Co Platform.
From your dashboard click Custom Domains and then the Add Domain button.
Enter your domain WITHOUT the www.
IMPORTANT! DO NOT click Primary Domain yet.
STEP 6: Test Domain.
In your browser go to https://yourdomain.com. If you see it redirect to yourdomain.thechurchco.com then you are ready to move forward. If you still see your old website then you'll need to wait a few hours before checking again. This process can take some time. Once you see it redirecting click the Primary Domain button next to you your domain on your dashboard.
Sites can take up to 48 hours for the changes to work their way through the system. Email us if you have any questions and we will be able to assist you.
Congrats! You've just launched your site!