How to setup a custom domain for your journal

A domain provides a unique location for your website. For example, your journal's domain could be "example-journal.com". Domains normally cost ~$20 / year and may be purchased through a registrar such as GoDaddy, NameCheap, etc. Scholastica does not sell domains.

Connecting your custom domain might seem complicated. But, don't worry, this is generally something you'll only need to do once, and we'll guide you through the process.

Note: After completing this process, it may take up to 48 hours for your changes to go live. That said, it often takes only a few hours.

Step 1: Setting your DNS records

Login to your Domain registrar or DNS provider (GoDaddy, NameCheap) and create two DNS records for your domain.

DNS Type Name Content
A Record 18.211.8.158
CNAME www @

Step 2: Domain preference

Root vs Sub-domain

You'll need to decide if you'd like your journal to be hosted at the root/bare/naked domain or a sub-domain:

  • Root/Naked/Bare - A domain provides a unique location for your website. For example, your journal's domain could be "example-journal.com".
  • Subdomain - A subdomain also provides a unique location for your website but does so by piggybacking on an root domain. For example, your journal's custom subdomain might look like "www.example-journal.com" (where technically "www" is the subdomain of "example-journal.com").

Scholastica supports both options. It's a matter of preference.

Step 3: Contact Scholastica

Contact scholastica and be sure to let us know which type of domain you prefer (root domain vs subdomain). Only after we've completed the setup on our end will your journal's website be accessible with your custom domain. 
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