Pointing your domain name to a B2B Direct website is fairly straight forward but there are a few steps we need to take.
Setup A CloudFlare Account
First, we suggest moving your DNS to CloudFlare. CloudFlare is an amazing free service that has rock solid DNS services as well as other great free services we will utilize. Most importantly is they offer a free SSL Certificate, which is required by your B2B Direct website. Not only does this free SSL Certificate save you time and money, websites without an SSL Certificate will actually start to be marked as 'unsafe' by Google in the near future.
Sign up here for a CloudFlare account. Once you have your CloudFlare account set up, you can complete the following steps. You can also contact us if you need help with the process.
Move Your DNS And Setup CNAME Records
Login to your CloudFlare account and simply follow the Add Site instructions. It's a very simple process that should only take a few minutes.
Once CloudFlare has copied your DNS records over from your existing domain registrar (ex: godaddy.com) you can then simply update your name servers at your domain registrar.
In order for our servers to properly respond to a request to your website, we need to verify ourselves initially. This is a one-time setup that is done via CNAME records.
In CloudFlare simply setup a CNAME with the following pattern:
Domain Name: yourdomain.azurewebsites.net
Here is a screenshot from CloudFlare with values for setting up RepZio.com in CloudFlare:
WE MUST WAIT UNTIL DNS HAS MOVED FROM YOUR REGISTRAR TO CLOUDFLARE BEFORE WE CAN CONTINUE. THIS MAY TAKE UP TO 24 HOURS.
Setup Your A and TX Records
Now that we are allowed to serve up your website, we need to set up the A Records that point your website traffic to us.
We will supply you with an IP address something like this (this is just a sample IP Address): 188.8.131.52
With that information you will create 2 A records as follows:
We also need to set up a TXT record that validates our permission to serve traffic for this domain name:
This will then send any requests for yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com to our server which will present your website.
Complete Setup And Allow Propagation
Once you have setup your A and CNAME records, just notify RepZio so we can verify that everything is setup. Your website will then begin "propagation". Propagation is the process of responding to our server versus your website's old server. This can take anywhere from 10 minutes to 24 hours, and some people will definitely see your new site before others. This is normal, as different machines get updated at different times.
Your new website should be up and running. Please feel free to reach out if you have any questions or need help going through this process.