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

Step 1: Setting Up A CNAME

In order for you to connect your domain to your website with AIP you’ll need to first navigate to Name.com and log into your account.

Once logged in, click on ‘My Domains’ near the top right corner.

This will take you to a new page with a list of all the domain you own. There will most likely only be 1 domain, unless you own multiple domain names.

Once the page has loaded, click on ‘Quick Links’ and then select ‘Manage DNS Record’.

You’ll be directed to a new page with an empty list, most likely. So in order to add a CNAME record you’ll need to select CNAME in the dropdown labeled ‘Type’. In the field next to ‘Type’ labeled ‘Host’ add ‘www’. In the field labeled ‘Answer’ add aparment.wpengine.com.

NOTE: You can copy & paste aparment.wpengine.com directly into to ‘Answer’ Field.

IMPORTANT: Double check that these fields are correct. If there is an error it will cause issues when trying to access your website.

I have already completed these steps for this domain name. When you go through for the first time you will most likely not have a list of records as seen in the image above.

Lastly click ‘Add Record’ to add the CNAME record.

Step 2: Set Up A 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.

To accomplish this click ‘My Domains’ near the top right of the screen. You’ll be taken back to the page with the list of domains that you own. Click again on ‘Quick Links’ but this time select ‘URL Forwarding’.

In the ‘Add New’ section you’ll need to enter the information in correct way so as not to run into issues later on. So for the first field labeled ‘Domain’, leave it blank. The second field is where you’ll enter you domain name with www in front of your domain name. Make sure the ‘Type’ field is set to ‘Redirect’.

IMPORTANT: DO NOT add https, this will give you issues later. Double check your domain name is spelled correctly. This is how your domain should look http://www.yourdomain.com.

Because I’ve already completed these steps there is a list above ‘Add New’. You will not see this the first time going through these steps.

Step 3: 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 domains 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 4: 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.