Having your own domain name is the best way run your web site and/or sales area to maximise your search engine optimisation. If you do not already have a domain name you can purchase one very reasonably from a domain name registrar: Domain Name Registration. With your own domain name we will display all pages, galleries and proofing links using your own domain.
If you are running your complete web site on theimagefile system your domain name will persist through all web pages, sales areas, links to collections and proofing area. The set up process is simple but needs to be followed carefully. In brief you set up the DNS record to point www to webhost.theimagefile.com - There is more information below to help you with this.
If you have your own web site already you can brand theimagefile to mirror your site (Setting up a custom layout using the Mirror External Website Tool), and set up a sub-domain name. Your web site will use www.yourdomain.com (for example) - and theimagefile can use a sub-domain name, for example: galleries.yourdomain.com or clients.yourdomain.com or similar. You should set up your sub-domain at your domain name registrar DNS manager (your domain name registrar is where you purchased your domain). If you are using Doubleshot Domains this is a simple one minute job. If using other domain name registrars please follow the instructions below.
Log into your domain name registrar and set up the web site DNS to point to theimagefile. Within your domain name registrar control panel area locate the DNS Manager. Edit the DNS zone records to point to webhost.theimagefile.com as a CNAME.
The following help articles will guide you through the steps at the most commonly used domain name providers. Please note that interfaces are updated regularly and the screen shots displayed might not match what you see within your registrar account however the basic principles should still be the same.
|Setting up your Domain Name with Doubleshot Domains|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through NamesCo|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through Fasthosts / UKreg|
|Using your own domain name with 123-reg|
|Using your own domain name with LCN -lowcostnames -lcn.com|
|Using your own domain name through 1 & 1 domain registry|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through GoDaddy|
|Using your own domain name with Heart Internet|
|Using your own domain name with Easyspace|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through ipage|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through Just Host|
|Setting up your domain name with DNS through Easily|
Log into theimagefile and go to Control Panel > My Web Site > Naming and Access and enter/edit the My Domains section to match your domain name or sub-domain.
DNS can take up to 48 hours to fully resolve - you just need to be patient.