Set up your root domain

The general procedure for pointing a custom root domain at your Learnsby Domain is:

  1. Redirect your www subdomain (www.yourdomain.com) to the Learnsby domain (learnsby.com).
  2. You need to redirect the root domain (yourdomain.com) of your custom domain to your www subdomain (www.yourdomain.com).

Attention

If your registrar doesn’t have a Permanent Redirect option, you will not be able to redirect your root domain (yourdomain.com) to your www subdomain.

Step 1: Redirect your www subdomain to the Learnsby domain

You need to redirect your www subdomain to the Learnsby domain (learnsby.com). You do this by editing your DNS records, to add a CNAME record for your www subdomain.

To set up a CNAME record:

  1. Log in to your account with your domain registrar.
  2. You need to find your DNS settings. Look for your account admin panel, or your domain management area, or DNS configuration, or similar. You might be able to open the settings and view your current DNS records. Each entry should show:
    • an original location (often listed in a column called Name, Host, or Alias)
    • the type of the record (for example, CNAME)
    • the destination the record is pointing to.
  3. Now you need to add a CNAME Record or update the www record if it already exists. The admin panel might feature drop-downs or editable fields, or you might have to check boxes or edit a table. You’ll need to make sure the 3 components of the record are set:
    • Enter the original location for the pointer, in this case, it will be www.

Tip

Often, you need to provide just the prefix without the dot (e.g. www), but for some domain registrars you need the whole subdomain (e.g. www.yourdomain.com). Use the existing entries as a guide, or follow your registrars’ instructions. * Make sure the record you’re creating is called CNAME (or sometimes canonical name). You might need to select it from a list of options. * Type in the Learnsby domain name learnsby.com as the pointer destination. The field or column that you have to type into might be called something like Value, Points to, or Destination.

  1. If you see a TTL field and it’s editable and not defaulted, set the TTL to 300 seconds (or the smallest value allowed).
  2. Save the CNAME Record (usually by clicking Save or Add record or similar.)
  3. Each domain registrar displays their DNS records in different ways, but you should check that your CNAME record has been set correctly.

Tip

CNAME records must always point to a domain name, never to an IP address.

CNAME example Here’s an example of a CNAME setting: Screenshot

Step 2: Redirect the root domain of your custom domain to your www subdomain

You need to redirect the root domain (yourdomain.com) of your custom domain to your www subdomain (www.yourdomain.com). You do this by setting up a permanent redirect.

Using a permanent redirect

If your registrar doesn’t have a Permanent Redirect option, you will not be able to redirect your root domain to your www subdomain. You’ll create a permanent redirect from your custom root domain (yourdomain.com) to the subdomain www.yourdomain.com where your CNAME point exists.

To use permanent redirects, you must follow the instructions provided by your domain registrar.