Setting up your own domain on Nexudus

How to setup your own domain to work with Nexudus

By default, the website URL address of your Nexudus space is name_of_your_account.spaces.nexudus.com.

If you prefer, you can use your own domain, for example, nameofyourspace.com. You must configure the additional domain on your Nexudus account and adjust your domain host settings.‌

To configure your own domain you will need

  1. Nexudus account

  2. Domain name

  3. Optional: Cloudfare account if you want your domain to handle the secure sections of the members portal. 

  The free version of Cloudflare is all that is required to set up SSL for your domain.

How to add a domain on Nexudus. 

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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 text box, type a user-friendly name for the new domain.

  7. If you manage more than one space, select the space for which you want to add the new domain from the Location drop-down list.

  8. In the URL text box, type the URL address of the domain.

  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 added.

  11. Click Save. 

  Add both yourdomain.com and www.yourdomain.com as additional domains in step 8.‌

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Successfully added both the naked domain and the www domain to the Nexudus 
 

Now you need to adjust your DNS settings to finish setting up your domain. You have two options:

  • You can setup your domain with SSL using Cloudflare

  • You can setup up your domain without SSL.

How to configure the DNS settings for your domain. 

Before proceeding make sure you have registered a domain and added it to your Nexudus account. 

  If you wish to use Cloudfare to set up SSL with your domain, use these steps to configure your domain.

If you don't use Cloudflare all secure pages on the members portal will be processed using spaces.nexudus.com

Directing your DNS to Nexudus

To direct your domain to Nexudus, you need to make changes in your DNS settings for that domain.‌

If you want to redirect a naked domain, for example: yourdomain.com or www.yourdomain.com, complete the following steps:‌

  1. Add the A record to your DNS settings to direct your root domain to this IP address: 174.129.25.170.

    The root domain is usually referred to as @.

  2. Add the CNAME record to your DNS settings pointing your www subdomain to spaces.nexudus.com.

If you only want to redirect a subdomain to Nexudus, for example members.yourdomain.com, you can just add the CNAME record. For example, if you want to redirect members.yourdomain.com, add a CNAME record for members.‌

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Sample of DNS settings for domains without an SSL certificate
 

Why do pages still show the nexudus.com domain?

It is likely that those pages transfer sensitive information, such as payment details or personal details of the members. This means that Nexudus recognizes those pages and makes sure that they can only be loaded over HTTPS. This requires an SSL certificate for the domain name to be displayed in the browser. If you want your own domain to be displayed on those pages, make sure your own domain uses an SSL certificate to encrypt this data.‌

You cannot install your own SSL certificate on our servers, but you can use a service like CloudFlare to proxy your domain through that service before it reaches our servers. CloudFlare offers a free SSL certificate for all domains.

If you are using a subdomain for your Nexudus portal, for example: members.yourdomain.com, instead of the root domain (yourdomain.com), we can generate a SSL certificate for you and install it in our servers so you don't have to use a reverse proxy like CloudFlare.

DNS Settings: Configuring your Cloudflare Account

How to setup your CloudFare account to work with Nexudus.
 

If you have not already done so, visit the Cloudflare website to create an account.

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Creating a Cloudfare account
 

Configuring your nameserver settings

Once you are logged into Cloudfare, it will detect your domain settings and prompt you to adjust your nameserver settings with your DNS host (for this example, that host is GoDaddy).

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CloudFare can detect your domain registrar
 

  You can also visit the Cloudflare help centre for more information on adding a website to your account.

Login in to your account with your DNS host, locate the nameservers settings in your DNS host and replace the current nameservers with the those specified by Cloudflare

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Managing your domain on GoDaddy
 

  It will take up to 72 hours for new nameserver settings to take effect. You can read more about nameserver settings at the Cloudflare help centre.

Adjusting your DNS management settings

Next, adjust the CNAME records.

Within the DNS settings, you will need to delete the A record for the naked domain and add two CNAME records.

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DNS record list
 
  • The first will have the name @ and direct to spaces.nexudus.com
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Nake domain (@) DNS setting
 
  • The second will have the name www and direct to spaces.nexudus.com

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www subdomain DNS settings
 
  • After both CNAME settings are added, you should see these two lines in your CNAME records list. 
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When both CNAMES are added
 
 

Configuring your SSL/TSL settings

Next, adjust the SSL/TLS setting so that Full encryption is selected. 

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Setup SSL/TLS
 

Then go to Edge Certificates and ensure Always use HTTPS is enabled. 

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Make sure to Always Use HTTPS
 

Finally, you will need to create a Page Rule for the HTTPS setting.

For the url type http://yourdomain.com/* and select Always Use HTTPS

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Set up a page rule
 

Click Save, and now your site is directed to the correct domain with SSL. 

  Once you have completed your domain setup, it can take up to 72 hours for all the changes to take effect.

 

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