How To Take Your Site Live
Taking your site live requires steps be taken on both of our parts.
It requires 3 steps to go live:
- 1. Provide a copy of your current DNS settings. This should include all DNS settings for website, email, FTP and any other services you’d like to remain functional. Start by identifying where your domain is hosted (GoDaddy, register.com, etc.) and find your login then see attached instructions for further information.
- NOTE: One aspect of hosting that is often misunderstood is the difference between domain hosting and website hosting. They are not the same. You do need a domain hosting account. Since, we will be hosting your website, whether or not you also have a website hosting account depends on your other needs. For example, if you have a “marketing” site in addition to your content site you may need website hosting. Also, depending on your host, you may or may not need a website hosting account to have email addresses with your domain name.
- 2. Once we’ve given you the go ahead, point your name servers to DNSimple. This will not take the site live, it simple switches to our name servers.
IMPORTANT: Do not complete this step until we advise you to do so. Doing this before we are ready will make your current site and email unavailable!
- 3. When you’re ready to take the site live, let your community manager know and we’ll flip the switch. Once completed, your site will be accessible by navigating directly to your custom domain and you will no longer be able to access the site at the URL we used during the onboarding stage but all your usernames/passwords/content will remain the same. It may take up to 24 hours for the change to fully propagate which may cause your site to appear to flip back and forth between a generic Locable website, your old website and your new website. If you see this happening, make sure to clear your browser cache as well.
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