Adding a domain to your account

Connecting your domain

Setting up your domain

Publishing to your domain

Unpublishing a project

SSL certificate

Connecting your domain with Standard Hosting is the easiest and fastest way for you to publish your content made in Vev. We use Netlify's hosting services for static websites, one of the leading cloud computing companies to make sure that your content is served smoothly and securely.

As a rule of thumb, Standard Hosting is the best option if you want your Vev project to be the primary content accessible on a certain domain or sub-domain.

Check the chart below to read some example uses.

Company

Example use

Start up

Building its website 100% in Vev, e.g:

Agency

Designing campaigns on behalf of clients in Vev, where each client will have a separate domain/sub-domain, e.g:

Publisher

Has its existing website built and hosted outside of Vev but is creating some editorials or special editions in Vev. E.g:

Brand

Has an existing website outside of Vev but is creating marketing landing pages in Vev, E.g.

  • www.company.com (for non-Vev content)

  • campaign.company.com (for Vev content)

The Standard Hosting may not be the optimal option if you:

  • Want to see Vev content embedded in your own pages, e.g. banners.

  • Want Vev pages to be accessible through a path on an existing website, e.g. www.magazine.com/sports.

  • Have a complex setup for hosting or need to follow very specific IT policies in your organization.

  • Wish to host Vev content on your own servers.

Luckily, Vev supports a number of integration options to allow you to extract your content and host it as you please, enabling you to achieve all of the above use cases.

Tip: Vev is not a domain registrar, but you are free to use any DNS provider of your choice to obtain and manage a domain name.

Adding a domain to your account

  • In the dashboard, click the User tab on the top right corner

  • Select Hosting

  • Click on Add domain

  • Enter your domain or sub-domain (e.g www.mywebsite.com or subdomain.mywebsite.com), there's no need to enter www when connecting a subdomain

  • Within Access options, toggle if you want to share your domain across your team. It'll be off by default making it only available for you

  • Click on Add domain

Tip: You can use a Punycode converter if you need to use special letters in your domain, you should enter the output when writing your domain name.

Connecting your domain

Once you've added your domain to your account, the DNS records (A record and CNAME record) will be generated automatically. Think of them as the invisible connectors between your domain name and the Standard Hosting server.

CNAME Record

This will connect your nice-looking domain www.anexample.com to your Standard Hosting server, eliminating the need for the default domain generated by Standard Hosting, which looks like 1g0s30l2f-9u2ij.netlify.app in this example. This way neither you nor your website visitors will have to remember that unfriendly-looking address.

A Record

This will connect the “naked” domain anexample.com (note the missing www) to your server so that the internet knows what you mean when you don't type www before your website’s address. For this type of record, your server will be identified by its IP address, i.e. a series of numbers like 104.198.14.52.

You need to copy both records and add them to your DNS provider's panel to properly connect your domain to Vev. Contact your DNS provider if you are unsure about where to add the records.

Once they have been added, make sure to click Connect domain in the domain settings. If the status on the top changes from Not connected to Connected this means that everything is set up correctly and you can publish your project.

Tip: Keep in mind it may take up to 24 hours for DNS changes to take effect, so be patient if the status doesn't change immediately.

Setting up your domain

Adding a web path

You can add a Path to your domain at the core level, which means it will be used as a base path in all projects that the domain is added to. Follow the steps below to learn how to do it.

  • In the dashboard, click the User tab on the top right corner

  • Select Hosting

  • Select your domain

  • Enter your path in the Web path field

Adding a favicon

Follow the steps below to learn how to add a Favicon to your domain.

  • In the dashboard, click the User tab on the top right corner

  • Select Hosting

  • Select your domain

  • Scroll down to the Favicon section

  • Drag and drop your file or click to upload it from your computer

Tip: We recommend using PNG files.

Adding redirects

If you replace an old URL with a new URL, the old URL may still show up through search results as the site may be mentioned on another website or blog without them knowing you've changed the URL. Any visitors that enter the old URL will be led to a 404 page indicating that the page no longer exists. However, if you set up a redirect, the visitors entering the old URL will be routed to the new URL automatically.

With time, Google and other search engines will index your new URL and the old URLs will eventually be updated. There are 2 types of redirects 301 redirect which is permanent, and 302 redirect which is a temporary relocation, however, 301 redirects are best used if you need to permanently route incoming traffic to a new URL.

Follow the steps below to learn how to add redirects.

  • In the dashboard, click the User tab on the top right corner

  • Select Hosting

  • Select you domain

  • Scroll down to the Redirects section

  • Click Add Redirect +

  • Choose the type of redirect

  • Enter the old path and the new path, prefixed with a forward slash "/"

  • Click Save

Publishing to your domain

Once your domain has been properly connected and set you'll need to add it to your project so that you can publish to it. Read the steps below to learn how to do it.

  • Open the project you want to publish

  • Click the Publish button on the top right corner

  • Select Add publish destination from the publish dialog

  • Choose your domain from the dropdown list

  • Add a path to your domain or leave it blank if you want to publish to its root (the path will only be added at a project level)

  • Hit Add publish destination

  • Open the publish dialog

  • Hit Publish project

Unpublishing a project

To unpublish your project from a domain:

  • In the dashboard, click the User tab on the top right corner

  • Click "Hosting"

  • Select your domain

  • Click the "Projects" tab on the top

  • Click the three dots next to the project you want to unpublish and click "Unpublish".

The project will no longer appear on the list.

SSL certificate

Having the SSL certificate on your projects positively affects its credibility and search engine rankings. Additionally, the SSL certificate provides privacy, critical security, and data integrity. To know if the SSL certificate is generated the URL will be displayed with https:// in the address bar.

Note: After pointing your domain, it takes approximately 5 minutes for the SSL certificate to be up and running.

Re-issue SSL certificate

If you're experiencing any issues in regards to the SSL certificate, you can always re-issue the certificate manually.

  • Go to the "Dashboard"

  • Open the burger menu in the top right corner

  • Click "Hosting"

  • Find the domain you want to re-issue the SSL certificate to.

  • Navigate to the "Connect domain" tile

  • Click "Re-issue SSL"

Troubleshooting

If you set up Standard Hosting but don't add the CNAME around the same time, then the servers (which are trying to validate SSL for your domain) will keep trying to identify the CNAME for a given period of time (around a week or two). When there is no sign of the CNAME, there won't be any SSL certificates generated. So if the servers have given up SSL verifying your site, you can re-trigger it with the "Re-issue" button.

Also, If you set up the right CNAME to the www domain, but fail to add the A-record, you need to re-issue the certificate to make the right changes to the A-record valid.

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