If you own a domain name, you could use it to for your galleries and web site on theimagefile. Alternatively if you have your own web site already, you can integrate theimagefile to use a sub-domain of your domain name (for example images.your-domain.tld). A sub-domain is the part that precedes your-domain.tld — www is a common subdomain.
To make this work, you configure "DNS" through your domain name registrar. This is usually the company you used to register your domain name. This is done using a CNAME record.
www CNAME webhost.theimagefile.com
Additionally you can also point your domain name to work without using the "www." part. To do this set up an "A" record field to IP address: 188.8.131.52. Please note that this will ONLY work if you have set up the CNAME record. It can take up to 48 hours for DNS changes to take effect.
Now the CNAME forwarding. Most domain name registrars will have detailed instructions to help you on their web sites. We have used NamesCo in the following example. Note that you still use your registrars name servers, sometimes referred to as NS1 and NS2 servers.
This short tutorial will show you how to set up your domain name at Names.co.uk, so that all web requests point to your web site on theimagefile. Make sure you enter the setting relevant to your server. These settings can be found on My Websites -> Main -> Use My Domain Name
Configuring your domain registrar to use your custom hostname
Sign up for an account and register a domain if you do not already have one.
Set up web forwarding (and email forwarding if you wish to use the domain name in your emails too) to use your registrars forwarding services, by clicking on "Forwarding Settings". (If you are already using the "framed forwarding" option, this step will already be complete).
Click DNS Administration, in the Control Panel on the left.(1)
From the domain list on the right, click on the domain name that you wish to update. (2)
You do not need to apply a template. Update the (3) Host Name to "www", Type to "CNAME", and Result to webhost.theimagefile.com as shown below. Additionally you can also point your domain name to work without using the "www." part. To do this set up an "A" record field to IP address: 184.108.40.206. Please note that this will ONLY work if you have set up the CNAME record.
Note: If you are setting up a sub-domain, (for example an address of images.my-company.tld) you would enter the host name as "images", instead of "www".
Click on the "Save" button at the bottom of the page.
Now that the registrars section is complete, you need to add your domain name, all in lowercase, (without the http:// part) to the hostnames administration page on theimagefile. It will not work if you fail to complete this final step.
Please be patient. It can take up to 48 hours for DNS changes to take effect.
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