Using your own Domain

When you purchase a website through InstantEncore you automatically receive a unique InstantEncore URL (i.e. artistname.instantencore.com). In addition, you can use your own domain (i.e. artistname.com) to access your website. The instructions below will tell you how to do this.

Register your domain name

If you don’t have a domain already you will need to register one with a domain registrar such as GoDaddy.

Tell InstantEncore your domain name

In the Website management area of the Control Panel go to the Use your own Domain page and enter your domain name (i.e. artistname.com).

Map your domain name to your InstantEncore website

In order for users to be directed to your InstantEncore website when they type in your domain in a browser you will need to update your "A Records". A Records are settings in the internet's Domain Name System (DNS) which tell the internet where to look for your website. You can update your A Records via the domain registar that you used to register your domain (such as GoDaddy).

Updating A Records (General)
  1. Sign into your domain name registrar account and go to the DNS management page. This page may also be called Name Server Management.
  2. Navigate to the page or dialog that lets you edit your “A (Host) Record”. Leave the “Host Name” as @. In the "Points to IP Address" field enter 184.73.223.112. Leave the TTL value as the default. Save changes.
  3. Next, add or edit a second A Record. If you have an existing A Record with a Host Name of * (a single asterisk), edit that record. Otherwise, add a new A Record. In the "Host Name" field enter * (a single asterisk). In the "Points to IP Address" field enter 184.73.223.112. Leave the TTL value as the default. Save changes.

Your domain is now setup to point to your InstantEncore website. Please note that it make take 24 hours for the settings to propagate throughout the internet. During this time you may not be taken to your InstantEncore website when you type in your domain in a browser.

If you have difficulty updating your A Records please contact your domain registrar. This is a common request and they should quickly be able to get you setup.

Updating A Records (GoDaddy)
  1. Log into your GoDaddy account.
  2. Under "My Products" click the link for "Domain Manager."
  3. Click the domain that you would like to map to your InstantEncore website.
  4. Click the "DNS Manager" link.
  5. Click the "Edit Zone" link.
  6. In the "A (Host)" section there should be a row with @ in the left "Host" column. Mouse over the "Points to" column and click the edit icon (a pencil). In the "Points to" field enter 184.73.223.112 and then click the "Save Zone File" button.
  7. Next, you need to add a second A Record. Click the "Quick Add" button. In the "Host" field enter * (a single asterisk). In the "Points to" field enter 184.73.223.112. Leave the TTL value as the default. Click the "Save Zone File" button to save your changes. IMPORTANT: If you already have a row for *, then edit that row as described in the step above instead of adding a new one.
  8. Your settings should look similar to below.

Your domain is now setup to point to your InstantEncore website. Please note that it make take 24 hours for the settings to propagate throughout the internet. During this time you may not be taken to your InstantEncore website when you type in your domain in a browser.

If you have questions regarding using your domain with your website please contact us.