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How to Connect a Custom Domain Name To Your Balloon Suite Website

With domains, it can be tricky to set everything up. But we try to make it as simple as possible for you. When setting up your website, we use cloudflare to protect your website as well as make it perform faster and better for SEO. In this article we will be going through step by step on how to set up your website with a custom domain name.

Register a domain name

The first thing you will need is a custom domain name. If you have one purchased elsewhere you can do all these settings with the company you currently have registered the domain name with. You can also purchase one through Balloon Suite when setting up your custom domain name.

Sign up for a free Cloudflare account

First think you need to do is sign up for a free account by Clicking Here.
Once you sign up, you will add your domain name to the account that we will be adding to your website.

Select your free account to sign up with.

Add Domain Records

It will then scan your domain for all settings currently set up.
If you're using a newly registered domain, you won't need to worry about what's on this screen.
If you're using an existing domain, however, you'll want to double-check that anything you previously had set up with your domain is still present. If anything is missing you can add it now or get it set up later.

Next you will add a new record to your domain name

Add the following record to your account

  • Type: CNAME
  • Name: www
  • Target: endpoint.balloonsuite.com
  • TTL: Auto

Then continue

Select Default Method

If you are asked to select a moving method, you will select the default method

Update your domain nameservers

You will be presented with the name of the cloudflare nameservers. 

Update the nameservers in your domain name settings with the company you registered the domain name with. If you registered with Balloon Suite, should be able to update these on the domain settings page.

Once the domain nameservers are updated, you will click "Done, check nameservers" back on the Cloudflare site

Set up SSL

In the first section labeled "Your SSL/TLS encryption" you'll want to select "Full".

Set up Https

Set the domain name to "Always Use Https"

Auto Minify

Speed up the load of your website by selecting "JavaScript" and "CSS" to be auto minified

Brotli

Page compression will compress or make the content on your website smaller to load, without compromising quality which will speed up your sites load time

Create Page Rules

Next you will navigate to the "Page Rules" tab and crate the following 3 page rules

  • First field: yourdomain.com/*
  • Add a Setting: Forwarding URL
  • Select Status Code: 301 - Permanent Redirect
  • Enter destination URL: https://www.yourdomain.com/$1
  • Click Save and Deploy.

  • First field: https://yourdomain.com/*
  • Add a Setting: Forwarding URL
  • Select Status Code: 301 - Permanent Redirect
  • Enter destination URL: https://www.yourdomain.com/$1
  • Click Save & Deploy

  • First field: http://www.yourdomain.com/*
  • Add a Setting: Always Use HTTPS
  • Click Save & Deploy

Once those are set up, your domain should be working within 24 hours or less.

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