It’s easier to find a website when you can remember its name.

Crowdbotics dashboard screenshot
Create and add your app’s custom domain directly from the App Dashboard

At Crowdbotics, we now allow you to host your application on the web with a custom domain name. Instead of something complex or hard to remember, you can brand your project and direct users to a matching URL.

Adding a custom domain to Crowdbotics

First, you’ll need to purchase the domain name you’re interested in. You can do this with sites like GoDaddy or Namecheap). Once you purchase a domain name, you will have access to your domain provider records. Remember this, because you’ll need to change them later.

Next, change the domain on your Crowdbotics App Dashboard. Be sure to keep it simple and spell it correctly.

Custom domain field in Crowdbotics dashboard
Add in your custom domain and click "Update"


Finally, you’ll need to copy and paste your CNAME record into your domain provider records. The CNAME record (or Canonical Name record) maps one domain name to another. It ensures that the custom name you have picked for your app actually points to the proper IP address. Check here for more on adding this on GoDaddy.

And that’s it! Your app is easy to find, it’s easy to remember, and it feels much more legitimate when the URL matches the name of the app. You want your users to easily remember where they can find your product instead of googling or trying to remember something complex.

Try adding a custom domain to your app now from the App Dashboard on Crowdbotics.

Troubleshooting

If you’re having trouble with domain name verification, here are a few things to try:

  • Make sure you spelled it correctly
  • Make sure you copy and paste the CNAME
  • Make sure you actually own this domain
  • Make sure you’re up to date on your payments for this domain
  • Connecting to a domain usually occurs quickly, but can take up to 72 hours

Do you have a great domain name that's just waiting for an app? Start building today with Crowdbotics.