1. Tell Your Domain to Show the Pages Hosted by Unbounce:
You'll need to create a CNAME record in your DNS, wherever your domain is managed. A CNAME record tells your your domain to show show pages hosted on Unbounce's servers. You can follow these steps or email them to your hosting provider's support team.
Sign in to your domain hosting service
Navigate to your DNS Management page
Find the CNAME record settings
Create a new CNAME record
Enter a value for your sub-domain in the host field
For example, you'd enter "try" if you want to set up "try.mysite.com."
NOTE: If you already have a website at "www.mysite.com" you'll need to set up a subdomain such as "try.mysite.com" for your landing pages.
Enter "www" here if you are using a root domain for your landing pages like "www.mysite.com".
Type unbouncepages.com in the 'CNAME' field
Enter unbouncepages.com. as the destination or address
A domain is provides a way to uniquely identify your website on the web with a distinct URL of your choosing.
Some example domains: unbounce.com, www.somecompany.com, happyhippos.ca, anything-you-can-think-of.co.nz
A root domain is arguably the most important part of any website; it is the Google of google.com, the Unbounce of unbounce.com. Associating a root domain with your Unbounce account is ideal for when you have an empty website and you want to use your Unbounce pages for your homepage and/or subsequent pages.
A sub-domain is allows you to have multiple unique URLs associated with your root domain. For instance the ‘app’ in app.unbounce.com is a sub-domain of unbounce.com. Sub-domains are very useful when you want to use your root domain, but already have a website on it.
Examples: try.mysite.com or try.mysite.com/promo
Domain Hosting Service
The company that hosts your domain, some examples are GoDaddy, DreamHost, and 1&1.
Domain Name Service (DNS)
This makes sure everyone on the web knows your address, kind of like the yellow pages of the internet.
Canonical Name Record (CNAME record)
A CNAME record is used to set up an alias for your domain, by adding a CNAME record to your domain’s DNS you can direct visitors to your webpages to Unbounce’s servers.
Still a bit fuzzy? If you think of a URL as a sign and a web server as a building, then a CNAME record is like putting a sign on the side of a building. The building is still at the same address, and the sign is now the first thing people see.
If you've followed these steps and are still experiencing difficulties with your custom domain, take a screenshot of your current DNS setup and contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.