Setting up your own Domain in Nexudus

Learn how you can use your own domain for your Members Portal.

The default URL of your space's website in Nexudus is name_of_your_account.spaces.nexudus.com. You can choose to use your own custom domain such yourdomain.com.

In order to use your own domain, you need to add it to your Nexudus account. If you don't mind having secure pages redirected to the original Nexudus domain, the process ends there.

If you want your own domain to apply to all pages of your website, including secure pages, you'll need to go through some additional steps. 

  You need to have a registered domain in order to use a custom domain. Nexudus cannot register domains for you.

Adding a Custom Domain in Nexudus

In order to add your custom domain in Nexudus, you need to add two versions of your domain: 

  • yourdomain.com
  • www.yourdomain.com

 

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Adding a new business domain on Nexudus 

  1. If the side menu is not visible, click .

  2. In the side menu, click Settings.

  3. In the Features section, click Website.

  4. From the list of tabs, click Domain.

  5. Click Add business domain.

  6. In the Name field, type a name for the domain record in Nexudus.

  7. If you manage more than one space, make sure you add the new domain to the right location from the Location dropdown list.

  8. In the URL text box, type the URL address of your domain in the format yourdomain.com.

  9. Optional: If you use a reverse proxy to handle SSL connections, set Use SSL proxy to YES.

  10. Set Active to YES if you want the domain to be active as soon as it is saved.

  11. Click Save. 

Repeat the same process, adding  www.yourdomain.com during step 8. Once you've added both domains, your domains list should look similar to this:

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Naked domain and www domain added in Nexudus 
 

You now need to set up a SSL proxy such as Cloudflare if you want the secure pages of your website to also display your own domain. 

Secure pages of your website use the space.nexudus.com domain by default because they require a SSL protocol. This SSL protocol essentially encrypts sensitive data such as payment details or personal information to protect them as they're sent to the servers.

SSL proxies such as Cloudflare simply let your customers access your website via your own domain, but as soon as sensitive information is sent to the server Cloudflare points your domain to the secure space.nexudus.com domain that has the proper SSL protocols in place. 

Setting up Cloudflare for your Domain

Cloudflare is a free SSL proxy service that you can set up for your domain in four simple steps: 

  1. Creating your Cloudflare Account 
  2. Configuring the DNS Settings for your Domain 
  3. Changing your Nameserver Settings
  4. Configuring your Settings

 

 The configuration of your DNS and nameserver settings can take up to 48 hours to come into effect.

Creating your Cloudflare Account

Creating a Cloudflare account is free of charge and requires minimal setup. 
  1. Go to https://dash.cloudflare.com/sign-up.
  2. Fill in the form and click Create Account.

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  3. Enter your naked domain (yourdomain.com) and click Add Site.

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  4. Select the Free plan and click Continue.

You will be redirected a page to review and edit your DNS settings. You can more to the next step. 

Configuring the DNS Settings for your Domain

Cloudflare will automatically detect DNS records for your domain. You need to add two CNAME records to your DNS records: 

  1.  Delete all the records available in the records list by clicking Delete.

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    Once you've deleted all the existing records, you can add the two CNAME records. 

  2. Click Add record

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  3. Select CNAME in the Type dropdown list. 
  4. Type www in the Name field and type spaces.nexudus.com in the Target field. 


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  5. Click Save
    Repeat the same process or the second CNAME record but during step 3 enter @ in the Name field and spaces.nexudus.com in the Target Field. 


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    Once you've added both CNAME records, your DNS records should look like this: 

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    If you have any subdomains you also want to redirect such as
    members.yourdomain.com, you can just add another CNAME record. For example, if your subdomain is members.yourdomain.com, add a CNAME record for members.‌

  6. Click Continue

You should re redirected to a new page to move to the next step which changing your nameserver. 

Changing your Nameserver in Cloudflare

Cloudflare will provide all the instructions you need to follow to change your nameserver according to your domain provider. The main three steps are logging in your domain provider's account, remove the existing nameservers, and add the new ones provided by Cloudflare. 

Once you are done, click Done, check nameservers in Cloudflare. 
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Configuring your Cloudflare Settings

  1. Click Improve security.

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  2. Make sure Automatic HTTPS Rewrites are ON and click Save


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  3. Make sure Always Use HTTPS is ON and click Save.

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  4. Click Save. 

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  5. Make sure Brotli is ON and click Save

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  6. Click Finish

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You've now finished the full configuration of your own domain in Nexudus.

  It can take up to 48 hours for all the changes made to your domain setup and configuration to come into effect.

 

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