Posted on | August 8, 2009 | 8 Comments
Do you plan on using SocialGo for your entire community? Do you want to brand it with your domain name?
Then you may have a few questions about how that is done. Or you may need clarification on what that all means. Well know you are not alone. This is a journey I also found myself on with a site I was creating.
It was my first exposure to SocialGo and I knew I wanted to use my domain name as I already had a reputation as well as I wanted the .socialgo.com suffix removed from the url. However, as I started that journey I seemed to have more questions then answers. I found the documentation a bit confusing and I was unclear as to the implications of my options.
So I began by laying out what I wanted to be able to do with my site in regards to the administration.
First and foremost I wanted the ability to have site specific emails like support@ or tammy@ and then the domain name.
Second, although I love the socialgo photo gallery, I didn’t want my product images or other site graphic visible in the photo gallery by the public or members. I only wanted them visible on the pages I determined.
Third, I have some downloads that were important for my visitors and at this time socialgo does not offer a way to upload them on the site.
With those 3 features as some of my requirements I investigated into how I achieved that and still use my domain name with SocialGo.
This is what I discovered. SocialGo only requires an ‘A-record’ change to your domain name to their IP. When I emailed the text from my SocialGo site seen below to my hosting service, they were able to help me understand what was really happening.
So what does that really mean? Well it means that your current hosting service can ‘redirect’ your url (http://www.yourdomain.com) to the SocialGo IP #, but keep the access to your server, email management through their service allowing you to ftp files, set up new email accounts, etc. using the root domain http://yourdomain.com (note there is no ‘www’ in front of the root domain).
In my case BlueHost has set this up as above and I can ftp product images to the root domain and upload my ebook download pdf to the root, then using a img code and a link code on my SocialGo site, display that image where I determine and the link to download my ebook.
In my opinion it is worth the $6.95/month hosting fee to have this flexibility. I really like my SocialGo sites and having my hosting service on the side make the package complete for me.
If you have any questions about ‘custom domains’ with SocialGo, please post them below and I will try to answer them for you.
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