- 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: Add an A record for www and Set up a URL forwarding with Cloudflare Page Rules
1. Go back to your Cloudflare account
2. Click on "Website" then click on "DNS"
3. Create a DNS record for the
- It can be an
Arecord with the
AAAArecord with the
The new DNS record must also have Cloudflare’s proxy enabled (orange-clouded) so that it can enact the Page Rule behavior that you will create next.
4. Next, click on "Rules"
5. Next, go to Bulk Redirects
6. Create a new Bulk Redirects list > Create new list
7. In the content type, select Redirect.
8. Add your redirect Source URL (for example: https://www.domain.com, http://www.domain.com...) and Target URL. Your target URL must include
https:// before the apex domain. (for example: https://domain.com)
9. Select Edit parameters > select Preserve query string, Subpath matching and Preserve path suffix.
10. Select Add to list.
11. Go to Bulk Redirects > Create Bulk Redirects > select your list > 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.