Setting up a new domain name can look a bit daunting for first-timers, but it’s no big deal. Take a look at some basic info you need to know and some of the most common issues users struggle with to avoid common pitfalls.
A domain name is basically the address you need to get to a website, for example:
The “.com” part (or any suffix that comes after the last dot) represents what’s called the TLD (Top Level Domain).
The “goodbarber” part of this URL represents the SLD (Second Level Domain) .
The subdomain is the part that comes before the first dot in the URL. For example:
This is the organization selling the domain names to the public. Some examples of registrars you can buy a domain name from are:
This stands for Domain Name System, and it controls the domain name and email settings. When a user visits your domain name, the DNS settings determine which server it reaches out to.
DNS is made up of a few elements; some of which GoodBarber users may need to understand are the following:
- NS (Nameservers)
- Nameservers point the domain name to the company that controls its DNS settings
- CNAME Records
- Point subdomains to a server
- MX Records
- Point the domain name’s email to its email provider
This is the simplest option. You should choose it if you’re in one of the following situations:
- If you’re using this domain only for your GB project (it’s not already being used elsewhere)
- If you don’t have existing emails associated with this domain (you will lose them and have to reconfigure them)
- You also want to use your domain somewhere other than on your GoodBarber project
- You have existing emails associated with this domain
- You need to create subdomains and/or edit/create records in your DNS zone
- You want to install a subdomain on your PWA
You can also set up each domain individually.
Or you can do a mixture of both (use subdomains of your reseller domains for all but a few of your projects, and install specific domain names on individual projects).
You can check the following sites to find out whether or not the propagation has successfully been carried out yet:
1) You’ve modified the domain settings at your registrar and the domain is no longer pointing towards our servers, therefore the site is no longer accessible.
To avoid this scenario:
If you need to use the domain somewhere else other than on your PWA, make sure you delete the existing domain from your GoodBarber backend BEFORE making any modifications in your registrar, in order to avoid cutting off your backend access.
2) There was a payment issue with your registrar upon the renewal of the domain name (you forgot, your card is expired, etc.) so they cut off your domain usage, therefore the site is no longer accessible.
To avoid this scenario:
Make sure the email address associated with the account you have with your registrar is one that you regularly check so you don’t miss any renewal/payment reminders.