Setting up a Custom Domain for Your Members Portal
  • 04 Nov 2021
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Setting up a Custom Domain for Your Members Portal

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Domain Setup Process

Setting up your own domain in Nexudus is a four-step process:

1. Setting up an SSL Proxy for Your Domain in CloudFlare

2. Changing the Nameservers in Your Domain's DNS

3. Configuring the SSL Proxy Settings in CloudFlare

4. Adding Your Domain in Nexudus

Your new domain setup will typically be fully live within 2 to 3 days.

Step 1. Setting up an SSL Proxy for Your Domain in CloudFlare

  1. Log in to your CloudFlare account.

  2. Click Add Site in the top right corner of the page.

  3. Add your domain and click Add Site.

Cloudflare will automatically detect DNS records for your domain. You now need to add a CNAME record to the DNS.

  1. Click Add record.

  2. Select CNAME in the Type drop-down list.

  3. Add @ in the Name field

  4. Add spaces.nexudus.com in theTarget field.

  5. Click the Save button. 

Once you've added this CNAME record, your DNS records should look similar to the one shown below, with your own domain instead of nexudustudio.com appearing in the Name column.
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If you'd also like to map the www version of your domain, for example www.nexudustudio.com you can simply add another record as shown below.

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Planning on using subdomains for your other locations?

Just add another CNAME record for each subdomain.
For example, if your subdomain is members.yourdomain.com, add a CNAME record with members in the Name field and spaces.nexudus.com in the Content field.‌

  1. Click Continue.

You should redirected to a new page to move to the next step: changing your nameservers.

Step 2. Changing the Nameservers in Your Domain's DNS

Cloudflare will provide all the instructions you need to change your nameservers based on your domain host.

The main three steps are:

  1. Logging in to your domain host's account.

  2. Locate the nameservers on your domain host platform.

  3. Replace the default nameservers with the ones provided by CloudFlare.

Once you've replaced the namerservers, click Done, check nameservers in CloudFlare. You'll be redirected to the Quick Start Guide page to configure your SSL proxy.

Step 3. Configuring the SSL Proxy Settings in CloudFlare

You now need to make sure your SSL proxy settings are correct in CloudFlare.

  1. Log in to your CloudFlare account if you aren't already logged in.

  2. Select your site.

  3. Click the SSL/TLS icon at the top of the page.

  4. Make sure the SSL/TLS Encryption is set to Full.

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  1. Click the Edge Certificate tab.

  2. Make sure the Always Use HTTPS rule is active.

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  1. Scroll down the page and make sure the Automatic HTTPS Rewrites rule is also active.

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  1. Click on the Rules icon and then click Create Page Rule.

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  1. Define the page rule as shown below, replacing example.com with your own domain.

Initial URL
http://www.example.com

Page Settings
Forwarding URL
301 Permanent Redirect
https://www.example.com/*

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  1. Click Save and Deploy.

You've successfully configured your SSL proxy and can move to the last step of the setup process.

Step 4. Adding Your Domain in Nexudus

The last step of the process is to create two records for your domain on the Admin Panel. The first record is www. followed by your domain and the second record is your naked domain .

If the domain you want to use is coworking.com, the two records you need to create will be www.coworking.com and coworking.com.

  1. If the navigation menu isn't visible, click the menu icon in the top left corner of the page.

  2. Click Settings > Website > Domain.

  3. Click Add business domain.

  4. Add www. followed by your domain in the Name and URL fields.

  5. Set the Use SSL Proxy toggle to YES.

  6. Set the Active toggle to YES.

  7. Click the Save button. 

Repeat the same process for the second record, adding your naked domain during step 4.

Your two records should look similar to the ones shown below.

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Once you've created both records in Nexudus, your domain is fully set up.

We recommend you test your domain setup the following day.

Simply type the new web address in any browser and see if the Members Portal home page loads as it should. You'll know the SSL proxy is working properly if you can see a lock icon before the URL.

Already integrated reCAPTCHA for your Members Portal?

Update the integration to avoid reCAPTCHA error messages on your Members Portal forms.

Your setup can take up to 72 hours to be fully live.

If your domain doesn't replace the Members Portal default web address within three days, get in touch with us at support@nexudus.com.


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