How to activate a custom subdomain

The process of activating a custom domain is divided into 4 simple steps:

  • Choose your custom domain
  • Activate your free SSL certificate
  • Activate your domain
  • Test your custom domain

Step 1 – Choose Your Custom Domain

Login to your dashboard and click Admin >> by your left-hand side, click the drop-down for Settings >> Click Domain name >> Request Custom Domain

Choose the custom subdomain you would like to make use of. Confirm that you already own the domain name and click Start Activation

Step 2 – Activate Your Free SSL Certificate

On the next page, some CNAME records would be provided for you:

Login to your domain registrar's DNS Manager to input the CNAME records to verify your ownership of the domain name. While inputting the CNAME records, make use of 60 sec or 1 min as the TTL.

Note that I did not add all the records; instead, I stopped at abisola which is the name before the domain name. 

This is because you are adding the records in the domain name's DNS Manager and the system already recognizes it. Adding it again would render the records redundant.

Wait for some minutes. Then, click the “check certificate” button.

Step 3 – Activate Your Website

After checking the certificate, a page with a new CNAME record would open up. Repeat step 2 and add the CNAME record in your DNS manager.

Wait for some minutes and click the “check website” button. 

If the CNAME records have successfully propagated, a new page would open to tell you that your custom domain has been activated. 

Step 4 – Test Your Custom Domain

Afterward, you can load your custom domain on a browser to confirm that it loads securely.

And with this, you have activated the custom domain of your online academy. 

Congratulations. 😉

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