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Customize! All about custom domains

Birgit Seitz
posted this on January 25, 2013 12:51

PRO badge.png  If you have a PRO paper, replace our assigned domain name with a custom domain for your paper. 

 

A custom domain name allows you to replace our system generated name (example:http://paper.li/kdhungerford/1302524939) with a custom name you chose yourself.

Important: when you have a custom domain configured and you don't see a sign-in button any longer, you will hit the ESC button on your keyboard to sign-in.

What benefits are there to having a custom domain?

Having a custom domain is just one additional way to extend your branding and have a domain name that is more "user friendly".  In addition, once you have set up your custom domain, you can add the following to your paper:

  • Optional header & footer: don't like to dabble with code? Then you can simply hide the standard Paper.li header and footer with a click of the mouse.

  • Favicon: extend your branding with a logo at the top of your browser tab

  • Custom CSS: from header to footer, you can style your paper as you'd like with via a new CSS editor

  • Google Adsensemonetize your hard work by adding targeted ads to your paper.  To include Google Adsense in your paper, sign up here.

What are the drawbacks?

  • When you change the URL from the standard paper.li address to your custom domain URL, the number of shares for the paper will be re-set to zero.  The number of shares is linked to a URL and we are not able to change this.

  • For some, the idea of setting up a custom domain might seem complicated, but it's not.  We're here to help you.  You decide on which registrar you wish to use and we can help you from there.

  • The "remember me" option found under your Account settings menu will no longer be functional.  

Screen_Shot_2013-08-20_at_12.52.26_PM.pngHow do I set up a custom domain or subdomain?

Before you make any changes on Paper.li, you will need to register your own domain name with a registrar.  

If you already have a domain name that is being used, you may want to create a subdomain name (in the format, for example, news.yourdomainname.com) and point that subdomain to the paper.  

 

1. Configure your domain or subdomain

You'll need to configure your domain or subdomain and your registrar will have instructions on how to do this. Depending on what you chose, you'll do one of the the following:

  • Three levels - If your domain looks something like news.mywebsite.com (example), point a CNAME record to paper.li  (This is subdomain format.)

  • Two levels - If your domain looks something like mywebsite.com (example), point an A-record to 37.187.86.201.


2.   Wait 72 hours after registration with your DNS provider to test your domain on the paper.li site.

3.  From your Paper Settings Dashboard, choose Global settings and then turn the Custom Domain toggle to ON.

 

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4.  Enter your new domain (e.g. mywebsite.com) or subdomain (e.g. blog.mywebsite.com).

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5.  Click Screen_Shot_2014-02-19_at_11.53.21_PM.png.  If there's no error message, you have correctly pointed your new domain to paper.li.

6.  If you have already activated an automatic promo-post or tweet with your old URL, you must re-set the default text in your tweet or post in order for your new custom URL to be included in the next auto promote.  To do so, go to your Paper Settings Dashboard, then Promotion & Emails and turn the activations switch(es) OFF and then back ON to reset your default tweet with the correct URL.  

 

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Do I need to change the nameservers for my domain?

No, just the A-record or CNAME record depending on levels in your domain.

 

Will a domain re-direct work?

No

  

What happens when someone visits my normal Paper.li URL?

They will automatically be redirected to your new custom domain.

 

Will the domain URL be reflected when I share the paper?

Yes. You will no longer being sharing the standard paper.li url, you will be sharing your custom domain url.

 

What will the Paper.li promotional tweet look like?

The promo tweet will carry your domain URL and link to your page.

 

What will the email notification look like?

The email newsletter will also carry your custom domain URL.

 

How will my paper be found on Google Search and others?

Your paper will be indexed in searches as soon as the engines crawl the new custom domain. Be sure you link your Paper.li sub-domain from the homepage of your Website to get the most out of your curated content.

 

Instructions for godaddy.com

There are a lot of registrars to choose from.   There are so many, in fact, that the number of choices and options can be overwhelming if you have never set up a custom domain before.  

Because godaddy.com is such a popular registrar used by so many of our publishers, we've created instructions to help you get started using godaddy.com.  

 

What if I’m having trouble setting up a custom domain or subdomain?

If you are having trouble setting up your domain, send us a snapshot of the DNS Manager interface (from your registrar's setting page) so that we can see what the fields look like and your new Pro paper domain name.  You can either tweet us at @smallrivers or contact us using the email address at the bottom of your Pro invoice.

 

Screen Shot 2013-08-18 at 8.15.01 PM.png Haven't taken the Pro plunge yet for $9 USD/month?  Go PRO!

 

Last updated:  Julia Yaziji  February 20, 2014

 

 
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