Get Your Own Web Address

Jan 29, 2017 | Established, Newbie, Websites | 18 comments

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Would you like a more professional and easy to remember web address (such as http://beckysbook.club) rather than your home office provided web address (such as https://n4143.myubam.com)?  An easy to remember web address (also called a domain name) looks more professional and is easier for your customers to remember.  Follow the steps below to get your own web address that re-directs to your home office provided web site.

Don’t forget to check out the FAQs at the end of this post for answers to frequently asked questions and other helpful information!

1. Head over to GoDaddy and search for the domain name you would like and complete the checkout process. Not sure what domain name to use? Your first and last name is always a great option (i.e. firstnamelastname.com)!

After you have purchased the domain name, follow the instructions below to forward (redirect) it to your home office provided website or any other website of your choice!

 

2. Click the down-arrow next to your name and then click My Products.

 

3. On the My Products screen click the Manage All button to see all of your domain names.

 

4. Click the three dots next to the domain name you want to forward then click Manage DNS.

 

5. In the Forwarding section for your domain name click Add Forwarding.

 

6. Select the correct protocol for the destination website (either http or https, type in the destination website URL, select Permanent (301) for the Forward Type then click the Save button.

 

9. A Success message will pop up and you should now see the new forward you just created in the forwarding settings.

 

10. Test your settings by typing your new domain name into your web browser and verifying that it forwards properly to the destination website. It usually only takes a few minutes to start working but can take up to 24 hours for the servers to be updated and the forwarding to work properly.

Have any questions or comments on how to set this up for your page? Let us know in the comments below or send us a message.

FAQs

Why do you prefer GoDaddy over other domain registrars?

GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain registrar and we’ve never encountered any issues with our domain names there. Their domain management interface is also easy to use. We don’t recommend GoDaddy for any other services like web hosting or email. We only recommend them for domain names.

They do attempt to up-sell you on things you typically don’t need like extra domain privacy, web hosting and email. Steer clear of the up-sells and feel free to send us a message if you have any questions about whether you need a feature they are recommending and we’ll be happy to help!

Is there anything else I can do with my new web address / domain name? Subdomains?

YES!

You can also setup subdomains if you want to setup different web addresses related to your main web address, but pointing to different pages.  For example, we have beckysbook.club redirected to beckysbookcorner.com. A subdomain is a portion of the web address before the main domain (subdomain.beckysbook.club).  You can have subdomains forward to different websites or pages.

Ways subdomains may come in handy are for parties or book fairs. Say you are hosting a party for a friend name Jane.  The direct link to her shopping page on your Usborne site is https://n4143.myubam.com/Event/608744.  Rather than sending that long and hard to remember link to everyone you could set up http://jane.yourdomain.com and have it redirect to Jane’s party page https://n4143.myubam.com/Event/608744 on your Usborne site.

Subdomains are setup using the same steps above except when you get to step 5 you would click Add Forwarding in the Subdomain instead of the Domain section.

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18 Comments

  1. Lihan Liu

    Hello, I got my domain working well for a couple of month. Starting from yesterday, it stopped working. It shows that my UBAM refused to connect. Anyone know how to fix it?
    my UBAM website is https://i7034.myubam.com/
    The domain I was using is lihansbooknest.com

    Reply
    • Jeremy Launder

      Hi Lihan – It looks like it is working now. Did you end up needing to change something or was it a temporary issue with domain.com?

      Reply
  2. Cindy S

    Hi Jeremy and Becky, I want to buy my domain name and set up some links and professional email addresses this weekend in advance of some upcoming booth events…but I dont yet have my personal website set up, e.g. http://www.mybookstore.com (but i have signed up for your Build Your Own Website workshop – can’t wait!). So, I am reluctant to have my main business domain name (e.g. http://www.mybookstore.com) point to my UBAM e-commerce site – I’d rather it point to my (still to be developed) personal website…and then, I’d want my UBAM e-commerce site to be something like “my bookstore.com/shopUBAM” or something. (similar to how I think Becky’s is set up). Can I do this without first having my own website in place to ‘fill’ / take the ‘my bookstore.com’ main link? – Thanks!

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    • Cindy S

      I should have added / clarified: I think I can probably set it up this way, BUT am concerned that once I start handing out business cards, people will go to “www.mybookstore.com” and it won’t have anything on it (or won’t work) – but it seems odd – and even too complicated – to have business cards that would show my only web address as “www.mybookstore.com/shopUBAM” – any suggestions? thanks!

      Reply
      • Jeremy Launder

        Hi Cindy – For now you can purchase your domain name and just have it re-direct to your UBAM ecommerce site like this tutorial shows. Then later on, once you have your own website ready you will just update your domain name so it points to your website instead of your UBAM ecommerce site. Then on your business cards just put the main domain name you purchased (not a special “/shopUBAM” link or anything).

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  3. Samantha

    Hi I tried to just buy a domain name from domain.com and then sign in. But it said that I had to sign up, and to do that, I had to buy web hosting per month. Is this right or did I do something wrong when I bought the domain name?

    Reply
    • Jeremy Launder

      That sounds strange. We only have a domain in our domain.com account (no web hosting) and re-directing works for us. They may be trying to up-sell you on hosting but you shouldn’t need hosting to do a simple redirect. Let me know if it still isn’t working for you. Send me an email and I can take a look at your account if you want.

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      • Samantha

        I finally got it working. Thanks!

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  4. Maria

    Thank you! I’ll try this helpful information.

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  5. Heather Roethlisberger

    Thank you so much for helping to make this very easy!! I love visuals to help.

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  6. Allison Turkish

    Thank you. That worked perfectly. I like the “stealth” mode!

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    • Becky

      Nice! 🙂

      Reply
  7. Renee

    Thanks for the help with this Jeremy. I just got mine set up and its really exciting to have my “own” domain name!! I keep going back to the website!!

    I ended up having to call for a little bit of tech support, but they were very helpful and quick. I had a type-o in my account email, which prompted the call to Tech Support but then they walked me through setting up my website name.

    Reply
    • Becky

      Yay!!! You’re going to be super legit now, Renee! 😉 Okay, you were already legit… just more legit!

      Reply
    • Jeremy

      No problem! I’m glad you got it all set up. Bummer on needing tech support but it sounds like it was pretty painless so that’s good.

      Reply
  8. Medenna Walton

    So, I have hesitated because I am not a website designer and can’t afford to pay someone. If we sign up for this, if I am reading correctly, the landing page won’t even be seen, but will redirect to our ubam ecommerce site if set up properly. Is that correct?

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    • Jeremy

      Hi Medenna! I believe the answer is yes but let me try to clarify to make sure I understand your question correctly. If you follow the steps in the post all you will be doing is purchasing a domain name (web address) and setting it up so that when some one types in the web address you purchase it will forward to your UBAM shop page. You aren’t creating or having to maintain a website. Simply forwarding the web address of your choice to your UBAM shop page.

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      • Medenna Walton

        Thank you, Jeremy. I appreciate your reply. Hopefully, next week, I can get this set up.

        Reply

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