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How to Connect Your Domain to Showit via DNS Records.
How to Connect Your Domain to Showit via DNS Records.

How to adjust your DNS records to point your domain to Showit and get your site live

Jeff Willems avatar
Written by Jeff Willems
Updated over a week ago

If you are looking to connect your domain to the site that you have created within the Showit Design App, you're in the right place!

This article will walk you through how to configure your DNS records so that when you type your domain name into a browser, it takes you directly to your live site.

This article will explain:

  • How to connect your domain in Showit and automatically configure your DNS

  • Where to find the correct DNS values in your Showit account for manually configuring your DNS

  • The next steps to take once your DNS have been set

A Brief Overview of Connecting Your Domain to Your Site


Connecting your domain to your Showit site is easier than ever with Entri, a software that will allow you to automatically set the DNS records within your domain registrar with just a few clicks.

Here you will find a brief list of the steps required for setting your DNS records and getting your site live and secure at your domain.

Note: If you currently have another site live at this domain, we recommend backing up any data with your web host before transferring your domain.

And that's it!

Optional - Request a Blog Setup or Migration

If you are looking to set up a new blog or migrate a blog to your Showit site, you will want to submit this request before you set your DNS records. Our Blog Team will do the heavy lifting for you! Just request a blog setup or migration and our blog team will send you an email with the new DNS values that you will need to set within your registrar. Happy blogging!

Automatically Configure Your DNS Records


1) Connect Your Domain

To configure your DNS records, you will first need to first make sure that you have connected your domain to your Showit site. You can do so by clicking on the Connect Your Domain option in the top left corner of the Design App.

Once you have done this, you can follow the prompts there to set your domain for your Showit site. This process will differ depending on whether or not you have a blog with your Showit subscription.

a) Configure Your Domain with a Blog

If you have a Showit subscription that includes a blog, follow the prompts until you receive the Success message. You will then need to request a blog setup or migration. Click on the blue button that says Proceed to Blog Setup.

Once you have done this, you will be prompted to request a new blog setup or migrate an already existing blog to your Showit site.

Note: You must have an Advanced Blog Subscription to migrate an existing blog to your Showit site.

If you are requesting a new blog setup or migrating an existing blog, our blog team will do the heavy lifting for you! It will take some time for our blog team to finish the setup or migration, but once they have finished with your blog you will receive an email with follow up steps. You can find more information on the next steps in these articles below:

Once you have heard back from our blog team and your blog setup or migration has been completed, you will be ready to move on to Configure Your DNS!

b) Configure Your Domain without a Blog

If your Showit subscription does not include a blog, follow the prompts until you receive the Success message. Once you are here, click the blue Configure DNS Settings button to go to your Account App.

2) Configure DNS

Once you have connected your domain to Showit, you will want to set your DNS records. You can do so by going to your Showit account, and navigating to your domains tab in the top right.

This will take you to a screen where you will see an option to Configure DNS.

Note: If you do not see a Configure DNS button in your account, then your domain registrar is likely not supported by Entri. If this is the case, you will need to follow these steps to manually set your DNS records.

3) Verify Your Domain Registrar

Click on the Configure DNS button and you will see a pop-up that will walk you through automatically configuring your DNS records.

Choose to Continue and Entri will analyze your domain. This process should automatically identify your domain registrar and prompt you to sign in. If it doesn't, you will need to select your provider, or the domain registrar that you have purchased your domain name from.

Once your domain has been identified, you will be prompted to sign in to your domain registrar. You may be prompted to complete 2 factor authentication depending on your registrar.

Note: You will need to use your log in credentials associated with your domain registrar, not your Showit account.

4) Update Your Records

Once you have verified your domain registrar you will see a list of records that need to be updated so that your domain will connect to your Showit site. Simply click the blue button at the bottom to continue, and that's it! Your DNS records should automatically update and you will see a message notifying you that this may take some time to propagate.

5) Next Steps

Now that you have set your DNS records, there are a few final steps to ensure that your site is live and secure.

  • Propagation

  • Secure Your Site

  • Publish

Manually Configure Your DNS Records


If your domain registrar is not supported with Entri, you will need to manually set your DNS records within your registrar. But don't worry! We have all of the info that you need to get your site live and secure here.

Below you will find more useful info such as: a video tutorial on manually setting your DNS records, where you can find your site specific DNS values, where you will need to set them, registrar-specific step-by-step instructions for configuring your DNS, and what comes next after you have successfully set your DNS records.

Find Your Site Specific DNS Values

Note: If you have a blog tier Showit subscription, you will need to request a blog setup before you make changes to your DNS records.

1). Click your name in the lower left corner of the Showit Design App.
2). Choose the Manage Account option.
3). Click the Your DNS Records text below your domain.

If you see a message in your account screen that says "Your website doesn't appear to be connected to Showit," go into the Design App and ensure you have clicked Connect Your Domain in the upper left corner to set your domain for your site.

Set Your DNS Records In Your Registrar

You can work with your domain registrar's customer support to apply your DNS records by giving them a screenshot of the values found in your Showit Account, or you can do it yourself by referencing the video above or the registrar specific instructions below for a tutorial on setting your records.

Note: If you have already connected your domain to your site design, but you aren't seeing DNS records - you are likely on a subscription that includes a blog but have not yet submit a blog setup request.

Once you have submit your request and our Blog Team has had a chance to finish setting up your blog, you will receive an email with your new site specific DNS records.

Nameservers

Showit is not a domain registrar and does not provide Nameservers. The Nameservers should be defaulted to your domain registrar in order to host your DNS records.

Check Your DNS Records

If you aren't sure that your DNS records have been set correctly in your registrar, you can check in your Showit Account.

On your Domains screen, click on the button that says Check Site.

This refresh can be used once every 5 minutes to run a check on your DNS records.

  • If you have a Green Note next to your record, that record is good and doesn't need changed.

  • If you have a Red Note, that record is wrong and need to be deleted.

  • If you have a Yellow Record, that record needs to be set or added.

If you are certain that you've set your records correctly, but you're still seeing errors after checking your site, your DNS records might still be updating. See Propagation.

Registrar Specific DNS Configuration


If you would like some more information on how to set up your DNS records within a specific registrar, check out one of these articles below!

Next Steps


Congratulations on setting your DNS records! There are just a few more items left before your site can be live and secure.

Propagation

Once you have set up your DNS records, the changes that were made may not update immediately. While these changes can happen in a matter of minutes or hours, it can take up to 48 hours to fully propagate throughout the internet worldwide. So if you aren't seeing your site live right away, give it another few hours, and refresh the page.

Secure Your Site With an SSL

Once your DNS records have been set within your domain registrar, you will need to have an SSL set for your site in order for it to be secure. Your SSL will be set differently depending on what subscription you have with Showit.

SSL for Non-Blog Subscription

If you do not have a blog included with your Showit subscription and you have just finished setting your DNS records within your domain registrar, you can set your SSL within your Showit Account.

To do so, simply navigate to your Showit Account and then click on the Domains option in the top right corner.

On your Domains screen, click on the button that says Check Site.

This Check Site button will run a new check to see if your DNS records have been set correctly, and if they have, it will automatically apply your SSL to your site!

SSL for Blog Subscription

If you have either the Basic or the Advanced Showit Blog Subscription and your blog has been set up, your DNS records have been set and have had time to propagate, your SSL should automatically set itself.

Occasionally, something may happen to prevent your SSL from properly setting, or you may receive a 1001 error message when you try to load your site. If this happens, don't worry! We've got your back. Reach out to the Showit Support Team and request that they set your SSL or clear that 1001 error for you.

Publish

If your DNS records are set in your domain registrar and your SSL is active for your site, all that's left is to publish, and let all of the hard work you put into your site to pay off. Enjoy your amazing new site!

DNS Help


Feeling stuck? We've got your back! Check out this article below on DNS Help.

FAQ's


Where can I set my DNS records?

Go to your Domain Registrar (where you purchased your domain).

Where can I find the right DNS records I need to input?

You can find them in your account settings in Showit. Just click your name in the lower left corner, choose "manage account," then "Your DNS Records." If you get stuck here, just ask support!

How do I apply the right DNS records?

Follow along here. Or, you can ask your domain host customer support to help you input them!

How long will it take for my DNS records to propagate?

Usually within a couple hours, but in rare cases up to 48 hours. If it takes longer than this, just contact support!


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