Managing Domains
After you've taken your site live, you might want to point additional domains to it. This can really help people find your website and can be done in a few easy steps from your Greenhouse Dashboard. In this article we'll look at how to redirect multiple domains to your website (so people can reach your site even if they type in the wrong URL) and how to host your website from a separate domain name (essentially creating a copy of your website that can be accessed by a different domain). 

Redirecting from Your Domain

Adding multiple domain names, and redirecting them to your primary website, can be really helpful when trying to direct people to your site - especially when people are unsure if you're domain ends in a ".com" or a ".org". For example: imagine the domain name for your website is solsticechurch.com but a lot of people are accidentally typing solsticechurch.org. If you purchase the domain name solsticechurch.org and point it to your website, anyone who tries to reach solsticecitychurch.org will be automatically redirected to solsticechurch.com. This can clear up a lot of confusion and make it easier to find your content. 

Step 1 - From your Dashboard, click More and then Domain Management

 

Step 2 - Click Add a New Domain

Step 3 - Type in the name of your domain and choose the option Redirect To [Your Primary Domain's Name]

Step 4 - Click Add Domain

Keep in Mind: 

  • Adding a new domain name in your Dashboard won't do anything unless you've purchased that domain name from a domain provider. You'll also need to have that domain pointed to your website from the domain provider's site before you can redirect it from your Dashboard. If you need help purchasing a domain name, head over to our Domain Hosting article. If you'd like more assistance with pointing the domain name from the domain provider, check out our Launching Your Website topic. 

Hosting from Your Domain

Hosting your website from a new domain is different than redirecting. If you choose this option, your new domain will actually direct people to a duplicate of your website under that new domain name (with the same content and layout as your actual website). Check out the steps below to learn now to host your site from a new domain:

Step 1 - From your Dashboard, click More and then Domain Management

Step 2 - Click Add a New Domain

Step 3 - Type in the name of your domain and choose the option Host My Website At This Domain

Step 4 - Click Add Domain

Keep in Mind: 

  • Adding a new domain name in your Dashboard won't do anything unless you've purchased that domain name from a domain provider. You'll also need to have that domain pointed to your website from the domain provider's site before you can host it from your Dashboard. If you need help purchasing a domain name, head over to our Domain Hosting article. If you'd like more assistance with pointing the domain name from the domain provider, check out our Launching Your Website topic. 
  • Google may penalize you for having a domain that points to a copy of your website. This is why we label the redirect option as recommended. Please keep this in mind when choosing this option. 

Changing Your Primary Domain

Your primary domain is the domain where your website is located. This is also where all of your additional domains will point. You can change which domain is your primary in a few easy steps from your Dashboard: 

Step 1 - From your Dashboard, click More and then Domain Management

Step 2 - From your list of domain names, choose the one you'd like to make primary

Step 3 - Click Make Primary Domain 

Step 4 - You'll be asked if you are sure you want to do this. Click Yes, Make Primary 

 

Deleting a Domain

Step 1 - From your Dashboard, click More and then Domain Management

Step 2 - From your list of domain names, click on the one you'd like to delete

Step 3 - Click Delete Domain

Step 4 - You'll be asked if you are sure you want to do this. Click Yes, Delete Domain

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