For your site to be identified on the Internet, it should have a domain name that best describes your brand.
Ucraft gives the opportunity to all its users to connect their own domains to their Ucraft websites for free. This goes for Landing Pages (one-page website), Basic Websites as well as Pro Websites (online shop website).
Before getting started with the following guide, we strongly recommend watching this short video that shows how to purchase a new domain or connect an existing one to your Ucraft website!
*Please note, that due to the fact that Ucraft is continuously upgrading and optimizing its hosting ecosystem, the DNS records provided on your Domain App always include the latest records so you should always give preference to them.
Here's how the records will appear on your Ucraft Domain Manager:
As you can see, there are 6 DNS Records for you to add to your DNS Management Zone.
The 2 CNAMES are required. The remaining 4 A Records are recommended to be added to have failover resolution, but if your Domain Provider doesn't support this number you may add less than 4.
So let's get started:
- Go to your 'Dashboard'
- Open the 'Domain app'
- Click the 'Connect Existing Domain'
- Enter your existing domain name in the 'Domain name' and click 'Connect'
- Follow the guide on the Domain Manager screen to finish connecting the domain.
The users who's domain is with Cloudflare should make two additional changes on their Coudflare Account. We suggest checking out this article to get more guidance on that.
Continue reading this article to go through the above mentioned steps via screenshots or to learn more about how to 'Buy a new Domain' on Ucraft.
Buy a new Domain
After logging in, click the ‘Dashboard’ icon from the Tools Panel and push the ‘Domain’ icon.
If you want to buy a new domain, click ‘Buy New Domain’ from the Dialog Window.
Enter the desired domain name and push the ‘Search’ button.
If there is no available domain, you will see ‘Not available’ near the domain names. Enter another variant and click ‘Search’.
After entering the domain, choose the one most suitable for you and click ‘Continue’.
You will find the form which you should fill. Your first, last name and email address are already filled.
Click the Arrow and choose the appropriate country from the dropdown menu.
Enter your city, ZIP code and address.
Afterwards, select the appropriate code and input your phone number.
After filling all fields, push the ‘Next’ button.
Enter your Card Number, Expiration Period and CVV. Push the ‘Pay’ button.
Said and done!
Once you've proceeded with the payment, you'll receive an Email from Namecheap, your domain provider, where you'll find the option to verify the ownership for your domain.
Your domain connection status is now pending, so the last step would be moving to your Domain App and hitting 'Check' to finalize the process.
*Please note, that as the domains are being provided on annual basis, you'll need to"renew" your Domain Subscription once your annual subscription has expired.
No need to go far! Simply hit the Renew button from the Domain App and follow the onscreen instructions to realize the payment and go on using your Custom Domain!
In case of the annual subscription to one of our plans, Ucraft provides our users with a free domain that you can Claim from the Domain app and get one of the following domain extensions : .com, .net, .org, .biz.
Connect Existing Domain
If you have an existing domain, you can connect it to your website. Click ‘Connect Existing Domain’.
Input your domain name and push the ‘Connect’ button.
Follow the next instructions and don’t forget to push the ‘Check’ button once you’re done with pointing your records to check your domain status.
If a green check mark appears next to your domain name, then you are all set, otherwise the corresponding record is missing or incorrect. The dot on the left enables publishing your website under your custom domain name, while the switcher enables it for www.
Now all you need to do is wait while the DNS propagation takes effect. It usually takes a few minutes, but depending on your service provider, it can take up to 72 hours to be applied worldwide!
Important moment here: As you've noticed, all Ucraft subdomains begin with https and are completely secure, while if you've connected a custom domain to your site, Ucraft strongly recommends enabling SSL provided by Ucraft for your custom domains to ensure a more reliable experience.
Please note that issuing an SSL certificate can take up to 72 hours.
Alternatively, you can set up your domain SSL via Cloudflare by following this guide.
• Please note, that Ucraft doesn't provide Email services, but you can connect your email provider with your domain by setting up your MX records respectively with your Email provider. We highly recommend checking out this article on how to enable Email services with no hassle.
Need additional help with your domain or anything else at Ucraft?
We're never more than a click away! Contact our Support Team via Live Chat box in the lower right corner and we'll be there to cover all your hows and whys!