Governor allows you to point your own domain names at your Governor site. This allows you to link
www.mysite.com in your web browser to your Governor site.
You will need to purchase a domain from a domain registrar and then update the DNS settings of the domain to point at your Governor site. If you haven't purchased your domain yet, there are several popular domain registrars, such as:
Once Governor knows what your custom domain is, you'll need to add or modify DNS records for the domain to point to your Governor site. Every domain registrar has a different interface for modifying the DNS settings of your domain name. You may need to consult the help documentation provided by your domain registrar for specific details on how to point your domain at Governor.
Once you know how to add and edit DNS records for your specific domains provider. Make sure the following records are set.
I don't know how to edit my DNS records for my domain
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Step 1: Link your domain
To input your custom domain into Governor, select your site from the Site Dashboard and then click on Settings. Click on the Domains submenu and you'll see a settings block that is labeled "Custom Domain".
Type your custom domain into the input field (such as
www.mysite.com) and click the "Add" button. Depending on the plan you have chosen for this site, you may be required to switch your plan type to use a custom domain.
After adding custom domains to the list, use the Primary Domain input below to pick a domain to use as your websites Primary domain. Note* All other domains will be redirected to your primary domain.
Step 2: "A" Record
Log in to your domain registrar's site (where you purchased the domain name from) and find a section next to your listed domain name that is labeled Settings or possibly Manage DNS or even Zone File.
You'll first need to modify the main A record for your domain so that
mysite.com will resolve in your browser to your Governor site. If you see a host listed that is labeled "@", click the link to edit that record.
Update the main A record for your site with the following details:
Record Type: A
Points To: 126.96.36.199
Step 3: "CNAME" Record
You will also need to create a CNAME record for
www.mysite.com that will resolve in your browser to your Governor site.
Find where the CNAME records are modified on your domain settings page. Click to add a new CNAME, or if one already exists that lists the host as
www, then click to edit that record.
Existing CNAME for www
If you already have a
www record listed for your domain, you will need to edit this record and set the CNAME to point to executor.governor.io.
Input these details into your
www CNAME record:
Record Type: CNAME
Points To: executor.governor.io
Click to save this record. You may have to click a final submit button with your domain registrar to confirm that you would like to submit these two record changes to your DNS record.
When I try and save the CNAME, I get an error
NOTE: Some DNS zone editors require that you put a final period at the end of a CNAME record that references a domain name. Try to submit the Points To address as
executor.governor.io. and see if it accepts the record.
Now that you have submitted your changes to your DNS, your custom domain will be available shortly. If you have any problems with your custom domain, reach out to us and we'll be glad to help you out!
How long should I wait?
Note: DNS changes can take up to 72 hours to propagate to every Internet Service Provider. You might find that your domain works within the first 5 minutes, whereas from another computer in another office the domain won't update for another several hours.