Custom Domains

Do you own a custom domain? As part of any of our paid plans, you can set up a custom domain for your Academical.ly site. This removes Academical.ly from your site URL and replaces it with your branded domain!

What is a Custom Domain?

When you first create an Academical.ly site, it will be given Academical.ly URL, formatted as follows: yoursite.academical.ly. Everything that appears before 'academical.ly' can be customized as desired on all plans, however if you are looking to remove the Academical.ly branding, this can be done with a custom domain!

Setting up your own custom domain allows you to access your Academical.ly site with a domain that you own. You can replace your academical.ly URL with a branded domain that can be formatted like www.yoursite.com or courses.yoursite.com instead!

Custom Domain Requirements


To set up a Custom Domain for your Academical.ly site, you require the following:

A domain purchased from a domain host (Namecheap, Bluehost, Hover, GoDaddy Cloudflare, etc.)

A paid Academical.ly plan

How to Set Up Your Custom Domain in Your Domain Host


Find Your Domain Host

Before you can set up a custom domain for your Academical.ly site, you will need to register your chosen domain with a domain host if you haven't already. Some popular domain hosts include Namecheap, Cloudflare or Godaddy. (If you're registering a domain for the first time, a .com address is usually around Rs799/yr. You don't need a hosting account, we have that part covered!)

If you already have your own website, then you should already own a domain. If you're not sure where this is registered, then you can use this tool to find out who your domain host is: https://lookup.icann.org/

Set Up a CNAME record

Once you have a domain host, you will need to log into your account with them to set up your custom domain. This is done by creating what's called a CNAME record. A CNAME record is what tells browsers where to find your site when visitors navigate to your URL.

Each domain host will have a slightly different interface for setting this up and you can review domain specific instructions here:

GoDaddy

Cloudflare

Namecheap

If your domain host is not listed above, not to worry! The following general instructions apply to all domain hosts:

Locate the DNS (Domain Name Settings) for your domain

Depending on your host, this may be under a page or section called something like manage domain.

Select to create a new DNS record.||

This will usually be available in a menu titled something like:

Zone Settings
Zone Editor
DNS Zone File
Advanced DNS

Once there, create a new CNAME record.

Name Your CNAME record

The name for your CNAME record must be a subdomain. A subdomain precedes your main domain name. For example in www.yoursite.com, www is the subdomain. What you enter here will affect which URL your Academical.ly site will be available at. www, learn, or courses are popular subdomain choices.

This setting will often be in a field named:

Host
Hostname
Alias

Most domains will not require you to include your domain within this field. For example, you can simply add www instead of www.yoursite.com.

Link your CNAME record to your Academical.ly site

Your CNAME record will need to point to your current Academical.ly URL. You will want to copy the exact URL of your Academical.ly site, which will be formatted as: yoursite.academical.ly

This setting will often be in a field named:

Points to
Target
Value

Set TTL field

TTL stands for Time To Live (in seconds). This is the amount of time it will take your changes to propagate. If this field can be set, select the lowest available number (usually 3600 seconds). If you can't choose a value, skip this step.

Save your changes

Once your record has been successfully saved, you are all set in your domain host! If you are changing your CNAME from previous saved values, it can take 24 hours or more before it has changed on servers worldwide. If that's the case, you'll need to wait until you see it reflected!

Note - Kindly inform us via email (hello@academical.ly), once this process is successful

How to Add Your Custom Domain in Academical.ly

In your Admin Dashboard, navigate to Academy Settings
In the Site tab, select Site URLs
Select Add New URL
In New Custom URL field, input your custom domain including subdomain
Leave Set as Primary checked for this URL to be the only URL visible for your site
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