In this tutorial, we’re going to show you how to attach your custom domain to your Carrot site! Attaching your domain to your site is one of the most important things you’ll do since it’s what actually makes your site viewable to the public. You can have your domain be whatever you want, as long as you own that domain! If you’re looking for a site to purchase your domain at, we strongly recommend Namecheap since they’re easy to work with, and they don’t try to upsell you like crazy!
Want us to do it for you? Please scroll to the end of this tutorial and complete the form to get started.
A few other notes:
- You may find your registrar’s support team asking for an “IP Address” to attach the domain name. We use a cname record to attach domain names because using IP Addresses means a systems servers must remain the same and ours do not and flux with incoming traffic and other updates. To ensure domain names always work, please use a cname to attach the domain to your site.
- If you have a custom email, this process will likely disconnect the email. Please be sure to check with your registrar to ensure it continues to work after this update.
- If your custom domain is attached to an existing site and you’re going to re-use it for your Carrot site you may need to go through your prior site provider to access it once you make the switch
Step 1: Sign in and click the green “Add Custom Domain” button.
*Alternatively, you can get to Step 2 by going to your dashboard and following this path: Settings>Custom Domain
Step 2: Type your domain into the “Add Your Domain” section and hit Save
Step 3: Update Your DNS Settings
You’ll want to login to your registrar, where you purchased your domain, to update the settings. The second box, shown below, are the DNS settings you are looking to update.
*The steps here are generic so they work for as many domain providers as possible. The individual verbiage your domain registrar will use may be slightly different than the steps we’ve outlined in the picture above, but the instructions above will be applicable!
Your SSL Will Automatically kick in
*Your SSL is what makes your site read as secure. Carrot automatically puts one on your site when you sign up, and there’s no need for you to actually do anything to get it on your site. It can take up to 24 hours before it applies to your site, but it’s usually pretty quick. People will still be able to see your site before it kicks in as well, so at this point, you don’t even have to wait to drive traffic to your new site!
Wondering what makes a good domain name? Check out our blog post, “7 factors of a great domain name for real estate investing sites”
Here’s another similarly named, yet full of relevant content blog post on “how to choose the right real estate domain name”