Use Root Domain as Main URL (via Cloudflare)

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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

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".

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Step 2: Add Your Domain to Cloudflare

1. Sign in to your Cloudflare account or sign up if you don't' have one (it's free). 

2. Click "+Add site" (if you just sign up, you can skip this). 

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3. Enter your site:

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4. Select Cloudflare free plan and Click "Continue".

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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".

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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".

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9. Click "Continue".

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Step 4: Change Your Domain's Nameserver on your Registrar

1. You will be redirected to a guide on how to change your nameservers.

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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 www subdomain.

  • It can be an A record with the 192.0.2.1 value OR
  • An AAAA record with the 100:: value.

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 

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6.  Create a new Bulk Redirects list > Create new list

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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.

Follow the steps above to correctly configure your list

10. Select Add to list.

11. Go to Bulk Redirects > Create Bulk Redirects > select your list > Save and Deploy.

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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.

 

If your site doesn't go online after 48 hours, contact us at support@strikingly.com or chat with us and include a screenshot of your domain settings so we can help!

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