In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to properly setup your domain if you have your domain with Bluehost. Please follow ALL these steps in order.
Step 1: Logging Into Your Account
After logging into your Bluehost account, head to the DNS Zone File tab
Step 2: Select Your Domain
Choose your domain you’d like to use
Step 3: Add DNS Record
Enter the following on the Add DNS Record section exactly how you see it.
NOTE: You can copy & paste this url apartment.wpengine.com
Step 4: Adding The Redirect
So what we did in the previous steps will make your domain work with www. But since most people today don’t add www, we want it to also work if someone just types your domain name without the www. So we’re going to forward the non-www version of your domain with www.
So next, go to redirect. Choose 301, select your domain, then enter your domain with www. in front in the “redirects to” box. Also be sure to select “Do not redirect with www”
Step 5: Attach Your Domain To Your Site
Nearly done. Log into your Apartment Investor Pro account and scroll down till you see on the side menu ‘Tools’ hover over that and click on ‘Domain Mapping’.
Once you’re redirected add Your domain to the ‘Map new domain name’ Field.
What you’ll also want to do is click the Star icon under ‘Actions’ for the domain you just added. This will make it the primary domain. Otherwise, it will use your Apartment Investor Pro URL as the primary and will affect your sitemap. What does this mean? Well if you are concerned about SEO, it’ll make a difference because all of the URLs in your sitemap will show as your Apartment Investor Pro domain name if you don’t change your primary domain.
IMPORTANT: Include the ‘www’. You may not have any domain in the list above unlike the picture above. Whether you only have 1 or multiple, make sure to select ‘Directed to mapped (primary) domain’ for Your new domain.
Step 6: Request SSL Certificate
The last thing you’ll want to do is set up an SSL certificate. What is an SSL certificate? An SSL certificate makes your website more secure. It also puts the little “secure” lock icon in your web browser when you visit your site. Having an SSL certificate can help people to trust your website.
This last step however, you cannot do yourself. You’ll need to submit a request for an SSL Certificate to Apartment Investor Pro support. Once you have submitted the request, you can sit back and relax as our team sets up your SSL Certificate.
Once Completed you will receive a confirmation email letting you know the process has been completed.
If you run into any issues, feel free to contact support.