To bring your website online, it is necessary to connect a domain name to it. This domain name will be the address where customers will be able to visit the site.
There are several ways to set up your domain name:
- You configure your domain name that you already own
- You transfer your existing domain name to CentralApp
- You choose your domain name when setting up with CentralApp
Configure the existing domain name
If you already have a domain name, you can connect it to CentralApp to put your website online.
Configuration in CentralApp
The first step is to set up your domain name in CentralApp. To do so, go to the "Domain name" feature in the "Website editor" tab.
Then click on the button "Use a domain I own", then enter your domain name in the field provided for this purpose in the section "Option 2: Connecting my domain" and save the page.
Configuration in your registrar
You will then have to modify the DNS entries of your domain name in your registrar (Ionos 1&1, GoDaddy, OVH, etc.).
Here are the DNS entries to configure:
Also check that you do not have any other A and AAAA entries.
If you manage your domain name from your side, you must also take care of its renewal so that the website can always be online. CentralApp will not be held responsible in case of negligence on your part.
How to transfer a domain to CentralApp
In many cases, you may not have access to the management of your domain and you may need to contact your former provider to regain access to the domain and activate your CentralApp website.
In order to facilitate this process, here are some instructions to follow:
- Unlock the domain so that the transfer is possible
- Quickly send us the AUTH code needed to transfer the domain (code often valid for a maximum of one week)
- If a professional email exists, communicate us the necessary to maintain the email redirection or third party email solution (MX record)
- Once the domain is unlocked and the information communicated the transfer takes between 24 hours and 7 days depending on the extension of the domain name
Get my personalized domain name
CentralApp will put your establishment's website online using a customised domain name.
On the web, your domain name is the address of your website. It will have a direct influence on your brand image and on the ease with which Internet users will find your site on search engines.
Choosing a good domain name is therefore one of the first and most important decisions you have to make. That's why we've written this guide to help you make that decision.
Choose your extension (.com ; .be ; ...)
There are hundreds of extensions you can choose from. Nevertheless the choice of your extension depends mainly on the context of your activity.
For local businesses, the extension associated with your country is probably the best choice: this results in domain names ending in .fr for France, .be for Belgium or .nl for the Netherlands. It should be noted that national domains are always somewhat favoured in terms of referencing in the country they represent (and disadvantaged outside it).
For an international audience, if you really target several different countries, we advise you to choose a generic .com extension. This is the most classic extension on the Internet. It is the most used and has become a standard, especially in an international context.
You can also opt for a so-called "Premium" domain name. A premium domain name is a short, optimised and rather generic name, which makes it easy to remember and gives it an extremely interesting dimension in terms of search engine optimisation. The appeal of these domains lies in their high marketing value. They are to domain names what generic keywords are to search engines: a powerful asset which, because of their generality or their association, makes it possible to increase the visibility of your website among Internet users.
Choose your domain name
You have chosen your extension? Now you need to find a relevant name. Here are a few important things to keep in mind when choosing your domain name:
- It must be believable for your visitors
- It must be easily recognisable
- It must be easy to remember
- It must be short
Once you have chosen your domain name, you can contact your CentralApp account manager who will take care of checking if the domain name is available and of putting the website online when the domain name is validated.
Domain name settings
You want to access your domain name settings to modify or add DNS records?
You wish to obtain a transfer code to recover your domain name ?
In this case, you will need to contact CentralApp customer service so that they can can make the requested changes.
Indeed, CentralApp does not offer an interface to directly manage the DNS zone and other domain settings directly, but if the domain name is registered with us, we will be happy to operate the changes!