When you get a website subscription with Looka, we’ll automatically generate a working domain for you on our sites subdomain.
- To see your working domain, go to your Brand Dashboard by clicking your purchased logo.
- On the Website Editor card, click the three dots next to Edit.
- Select Edit Domain. The domain will be filled in on the pop-up.
Your temporary domain will be something like abc123.sites.looka.com. You can publish your site, in the top right hand corner of the website editor, at any time and share this URL with anyone to view your site.
If you want to add a custom domain (e.g. mysites.com), here’s how to do it:
I don’t have a domain
Go to any domain provider to purchase a domain, such as GoDaddy, Bluehost, HostGator, etc. Keep track of your login information because you’ll need to come back here to set what are called “DNS Records.”
I have a domain
DNS records can take up to 48 hours to travel around the internet, so you might need to wait before your site goes live with your new domain.
- When you’ve purchased a domain, replace your old abc123.sites.looka.com domain with this new domain in the same modal you see in the photo below, which you can access from your Brand Dashboard.
- Now you’ll need to go back to your domain provider and look for something called an @ (pronounced [at]) record in your DNS records.
This can be tricky if you’re new to setting up a website, but ask your domain provider’s customer service team to help you “change the @ record to a list of IPs in your DNS table.” You don’t need to fully understand that sentence because they will!
HTTP DNS Setup
This is the easier option to get started, but it's not secure like HTTPS.
Here’s an example of what how GoDaddy describes this process: https://ca.godaddy.com/help/add-an-a-record-19238
In the GoDaddy article, the “Host” is the custom domain you purchased, and “Points to” is one of the IPs in the next section (you can use any one). Make sure to check back periodically after the first 24 hours to see if your site has updated, if it hasn't, check back after 48 hours.
IPs (to point to)
Here are the IPs you’ll need to add to your record to link your new domain to your website (Note: you may only need to use one).
HTTPS DNS Setup
If you want to enable SSL on your domain, you'll need to adjust your DNS settings a little differently. This is the more secure option for your domain and it requires just a bit more work to set up.
On the website editor toolbar, go to Settings.
Under the "General" section, scroll down to "SSL" and click Enable. A popup window will appear.
This popup window instructs you which IP you need to link your DNS to. You can either ask your domain registrar to set the IP or make the DNS changes yourself just like with the HTTP option. (see HTTP DNS Setup section above)