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Connecting a custom domain

Learn how to connect your own custom domain

Solos allows you to setup a custom domain for your page. This way your users can find your page by typing something like username.com instead of the default solos.page/username

1. Go to Custom Domain feature on Settings Page

In the Solos main-page navigate to Settings β†’ Branding and click + Add custom domain

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Then, add your desired custom domain like username.com and click Add. Enter your pure domain name without things such as https:// or www.

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After clicking Add, you will receive DNS records that you will need to enter into the domain registrar.

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For example, Type: A; Name: @; Value: 76.76.21.21 β€”This is just an example. Make sure you enter the correct numbers.

2. Find your domain's DNS record settings

Navigate to your domain registrar. This is where you bought your domain name. NameCheap, GoDaddy, Cloudflare, Google Domains, Hostinger or Niagahoster are a few common ones.

You should see some settings for your domain called something like DNS.

In this example we will be using Niagahoster and navigate to the Advanced DNS section.

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You should see a settings table that has fields similiar to Type, Host, Value and TTL

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3. Add a new β€˜A Record’

Next, add new row in your domain registrar that has the Type of A. In the Host or Name field enter "@". For the Value, use the domain value you received from the custom domain page, for example: 76.76.21.21. You can safely ignore the TTL (if you must set a value, you can freely choose one).

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4. Verify your domain (Not always necessary)

In the best case you will see a green 🟒 Active icon right after step 3.

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However, sometimes it can take a while for the service to verify your domain. In that case you will see blue πŸ”΅ Pending icon; we suggest to wait a minute or two and then refresh your browser. If you still see the same screen, please wait a bit longer and try again. Ultimately you should see the screen with a green 🟒 Active icon.

πŸ‘ Automatic Canonical

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After the successful setup, you might see your site being marked as "insecure" by the browser. No need to worry. Setting up your secure SSL certificate for your custom domain can take up to a couple of minutes. Please be patient, grab a coffee or tea and wait until it got propagated. Then refresh the page a couple of times and you should see a green secure symbol next to your browser's address bar πŸ”’
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After you have connected your custom domain, Solos will automatically set your custom domain as canonical. This effectively tells search engines like Google what the 'preferred' or 'main' URL of a page should be and avoids multiple content issues.
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If the status remains pending or shows as failed after 48 hours, or if you require further assistance with the setup, feel free to reach out to us at support@solos.page or directly on our Discord channel.