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 "www.scholastica-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 is generally something you'll only need to do once. If you are moving your domain from a different hosting site to Scholastica, this process may look different for you. In that case, please contact your current host to get assistance.
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.
Basic terms to know:
A Record : An A record connects your domain or subdomain name to an IP address and lets web browsers find your website.
CNAME : A CNAME (Canonical Name) points one domain or subdomain to another domain name, allowing you to update one A Record each time you make a change, regardless of how many Host Records need to resolve to that IP address.
For more information about DNS record terminology, this help doc provided by bluehost provides additional definitions : DNS Records Explained
Note : Your domain registrar site may have something similar in their Knowledge Base
Step 1: Setting your DNS records
Login to your Domain registrar or DNS provider and create two DNS records for your domain. Below are two common examples of how a DNS record might look.
Step 2: Domain preference
Root vs 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 a 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
Here are some step by step guides from a few common domain registrars :
If you need additional assistance, we're happy to help! If you're comfortable sharing the login credentials for your domain registrar site, we can login and make the updates for you. Please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org with the details and we can work with you to complete the set up.