- A Premium Account from Strikingly
- A custom domain (if you don't have a domain yet, you can purchase from us)
- A Cloudflare account
Do you want to use your root domain (yourdomain.com) as your main domain for your Strikingly site instead of www domain (www.yourdomain.com)? You can do that by adding a CNAME record for the root domain. If your domain registrar does not allow this setup, you can use Cloudflare DNS settings. This guide will walk you through it.
- Step 1: Connect to Your Custom Domain on Strikingly
- Step 2: Add Your Domain to Cloudflare
- Step 3: Add a CNAME record on Cloudflare
- Step 4: Change Your Domain's Nameserver on your Registrar
- Step 5: Set up a URL forwarding with Cloudflare Page Rules
- Step 6: Wait for the records to take effect
Step 1: Connect to Your Custom Domain on Strikingly
1. Go to your Strikingly site editor, click "SETTINGS > Domains".
2. Put your custom domain in the "Custom Domain/Subdomain" box, such as "www.yourdomain.com" (without https:// or http:// or /).
3. Click "UPDATE".
- Type your domain in lowercase to avoid the "Page not found" error when accessing your site.
- If you want to set it as yourdomain.com, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or chat with us to help you set it up!
Step 2: Add Your Domain to Cloudflare
2. Click "+Add site" (if you just sign up, you can skip this).
3. Enter your site:
4. Select Cloudflare free plan and Click "Continue".
5. Wait for Cloudflare to finish scanning for existing DNS records.
Step 3: Add a CNAME record on Cloudflare
1. Look for existed CNAME and A records for www.
2. Delete the existed CNAME and A records (only for www).
3. Click "+Add record".
4. In the "Type" field, select CNAME
5. In the "Name" field, enter @
6. In the "Target" field, enter cf-dns.strikingly.com
7. Make sure the cloud under "Proxy status" is in orange.
8. Click "Save".
9. Click "Continue".
Step 4: Change Your Domain's Nameserver on your Registrar
1. You will be redirected to a guide on how to change your nameservers.
2. Sign in to your domain registrar.
3. Change the nameserver to Cloudflare's.
4. Wait for the nameserver update. It can take a few hours to 24 hours.
5. Once it's done, you can click "Done, check nameservers".
Step 5: Set up a URL forwarding with Cloudflare Page Rules
If you want your www domain to be redirected to the root domain, you can use page rules from Cloudflare.
1. Go to Cloudflare dashboard and click the domain.
2. Click "Page Rules" from the top.
3. Click "Create Page Rule".
4. Enter your www domain in this format: www.yourdomain.com/*
5. In the "Pick a Setting", select "Forwarding URL".
6. In the "Select status code", select "301 - Permanent Redirect"
7. Click "Save and Deploy".
Step 6: Wait for the records to take effect
Now that you've set up the domain records. Please allow a few up to 48 hours for the changes in the domain records to take effect globally. Be sure to clear your browser cache before you check to see if the domain is working.