How do I setup a branded URL / custom domain and SSL/HTTPS?

New to CloudApp custom domains? Start here.

Do you have a domain you were using on our legacy system, cl.ly? Click here for help on transferring that over to our new API.

1. Your first step will be owning a domain. 

This will be referred to as the "APEX domain." An example of an APEX domain would be "yourwebsite.com". If you don't own a domain yet, you can find many services through Google that will help you purchase one for under $20.

2. Next, you'll need to add a subdomain to your APEX domain (yourwebsite.com).

This step will be completed through your DNS provider. 

You will need to a use a subdomain with your APEX domain. This could be anything you'd like-- "share.yourwebsite.com", "s.yourwebsite.com", "www.yourwebstite.com" etc. 

3. Next, you will need to add a CNAME record like this:

This step will be completed through your DNS provider.

Host (name): Selected subdomain like "www", "share," "custom," or "s" from the examples above.

Value: custom.getcloudapp.com

TTL: the default value is fine.

4. Time to upload your SSL certificates in CloudApp. 

You will then need to decide how you'd like to generate your SSL certificates. This can be through your web hosting provider, or you can let us do the heavy lifting for you! We offer a free integration that will generate your certificates for you through LetsEncrypt.

If you're using our LetsEncrypt integration, follow these steps: 

This step will be completed within your CloudApp portal. 

You will need to make sure your CNAME record is propagated. Note that DNS propagation can take up to 72 hours.

To confirm your CNAME record has been propagated open Terminal in MacOs or CMD in Windows and type: nslookup <your custom domain>

Type your custom domain in the "LetsEncrypt" field as seen below. This can be found under the "Customize" settings of your Team page.

If you choose to use other SSL certificates, follow these steps.

    • Team admins will go to the "Team" page on your web app. If you are on a Pro account, you will go to "Account" settings.
    • Click "Customize."
    • Upload your Certificate, Private Key, and Certificate Chain.

Your custom domain will now be up & running on all created links!

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