In this tutorial we’re going to show you how to properly setup your domain if you have your domain with GoDaddy. Please follow ALL these steps in order.

Step 1: Logging In

First things first you must be logged into Your account on GoDaddy. Once you’re logged in, click on ‘My Products’ in the user menu.

User Menu for Godaddy

Step 2: Select DNS

List of domains on godaddy

This page will show you a list of domains that you own. You more then likely only have 1 domian. Go ahead and click on ‘DNS’.

Step 3: Add the new CNAME

You’ll be redirected to a new page with a list of various settings. Scroll to the bottom and click ‘ADD’.

Add the CNAME
Select CNAME
Select CNAME

NOTE: Make sure to fill out ALL fields as seen in the picture.

Adding CNAME settings

You can copy this link and paste it into the ‘Points to’ Field. apartment.wpengine.com

Step 4: Add The Redirect

Almost done. 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.

Scroll a bit further down till you see a box titled Forwarding and click ‘ADD’.

Add Forwarding

Replace yourdomain.com with whatever Your domain is.

IMPORTANT: Make sure ALL your settings reflect what’s in this image BEFORE You Save. Including the ‘www’. Check the box “Update my nameservers and DNS settings to support this change.” Or you WILL run into problems.

Step 5: Attach Your Domain To Your Site

Almost 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’.

domain mapping tools in WP dashbaord

Once you’re redirected add Your domain to the ‘Map new domain name’ Field.

Adding your domain name

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.