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Using Branded Short URLs is a great way to use link shortening and at the same time strengthen your brand. Luckily for you, Clkim has made adding your domain very easy.

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How to Use Branded Short URLs

Using Branded Short URLs is a great way to use link shortening and at the same time strengthen your brand. Luckily for you, Clkim has made adding your domain very easy.

How to add a domain name to Clkim
In order to create branded short URLs, you first need to set up an A RECORD to 52.0.59.41 or add CNAME record that points to Clk.im. We strongly advise you to use the A record instead of the CNAME, since while using A RECORD is a 3 minutes process, it can take up to 48 hours for the registrar to point the domain to Clk.im, when editing a CNAME. It is also easier to make A RECORDS than CNAME records.

Let’s dive deeper:

A records is a great way to point your branded domain to Clkim, thereby creating your own short branded URLs. A records are used to direct a domain to a computer’s name on the internet. They are one of the main records used in DNS servers in the world. A CNAME record, or Canonical Name record, is another way to point one name to another.

Changing a both record usually takes place within your account at the registrar/hosting of your domain name and you should check with them for instructions. Nevertheless, while each hosting service has a slightly different way to create these records, Most of them follow the same steps, listed below:

1. Buy a new domain or create a new subdomain.
We strongly advise that you use a new domain or a new subdomain (a.mysite.com) to avoid dealing with backups. If you want to use an existing page (a website with content) you may want to back it up first.

2. Log in to your domain hosting/registration account and find the DNS management (Domain Name Service) page.

3. Option one (recommended): set an A RECORD to 52.0.59.41

4. Option two (less recommended since it can take up to 48 hours for the registrar to point the domain to Clk.im): changing the CNAME.  Use the following settings:

Host Name/Alias: www / subdomain
Value/Destination: Clk.im

7. Hit Save / Continue / Commit

What to do if I can’t find where or how to change the A RECORD or the CNAME?

Sometimes your hosting company makes life really hard and after a short while, you just don’t have a clue where to find the A RECORD or the CNAME modification page. It happens, even that most of the big companies today have good support pages and a quick google search for “your hosting and A RECORD” solves this mystery. In such cases just go ahead and send a quick email to the hosting company with the something like this message:

Dear Support,
I wish to point my domain (write your domain here) to Clk.im. To do so, I create a new A Record. Please direct me to where can this this done through your domain management interface.
Yours,
(your name)

 

Changing your CNAME:

For additional help, we’ve added directions for specific domain providers.

GoDaddy

Enom

Hover

1and1

Network Solutions

EveryDNS.net

Yahoo! SmallBusiness

No-IP

DNS Park

Register

 

GoDaddy.com:

  1. Log in to your account at www.godaddy.com
  2. Open the Domains tab
  3. Select My Domain Names. You’ll be directed to the Domain Manager page.
  4. Click the domain that you’d like to use with Clkim.
  5. At the bottom of the “Total DNS” section, click Total DNS Control and MX Records.
  6. In the box labeled “CNAMES,” click Add New CNAME Record. If you’ve already created a CNAME record for your blog’s address, click the pencil icon next to the existing CNAME record
  7. In the “Name” section, enter your subdomain. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter www
  8. In the “Host name” section, enter clk.im Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour
  9. Click OK
  10. In the box labeled “CNAMES,” click Add New CNAME Record again
  11. In the “Name” section, enter the short security token
  12. In the “Host name” section, enter the long security token. Specify a TTL or use the default setting of 1 hour
  13. Click OK 

 

enom.com:

  1. Log into your account at www.enom.com
  2. From the drop-down menu at the Domains tab, select My Domain. You’ll be directed to the Manage Domains page.
  3. Click the domain that you’d like to use with Clkim.
  4. Click Host Settings.
  5. To add a CNAME record, click NEW ROW. If you’ve already created a CNAME record for the address, simply edit the existing CNAME record.
  6. Enter 3600 as your CNAME record
  7. As the host name, enter clk.im
  8. Click Save

 

Hover:

  1. Click on the Add New button.
  2. Select the Record Type CNAME from the drop down menu.
  3. Enter your hostname (which creates the subdomain, for example, www if you want www.yourdomain.com to be pointed to Clk.im).
  4. Type Clk.im as the Target Host.
  5. Select Save

 

1and1:

  1. Log in to your account at https://admin.1and1.com.
  2. If it’s not already selected, click the Administration tab.
  3. Click Domains.
  4. From the “New” drop-down menu, select Create Subdomain. (If you’ve already created a subdomain for your blog’s address, skip to step six.)
  5. Enter your subdomain. For example, if you chose www.mydomain.com for your blog address, enter www.
  6. Click OK.
  7. Select the checkbox next to the subdomain that you will be using. 
  8. From the “DNS” menu, select Edit DNS Settings.
  9. Select CNAME.
  10. In the “Alias” section, enter Clk.im For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your address, enter Clk.im
  11. Click OK.
  12. From the “New” drop-down menu, select Create Subdomain again.
  13. Enter the short security token, then click OK.
  14. Select the checkbox next to the subdomain that you just created.
  15. From the “DNS” menu, select Edit DNS Settings.
  16. Select CNAME.
  17. In the “Alias” section, enter the long security token.
  18. Click OK

 

Network Solutions:

  1. Log in to Account Manger
  2. Within Account Manager, use the drop down under My Domain Names to choose the domain you’d like to manage and click the Go button
  3. In the green box, select Change Where Domain Points
  4. Select Advanced DNS
  5. Click the Continue button
  6. If the domain name was not previously pointed to Network Solutions® nameservers (DNS) you will receive a page with messaging regarding this change.  If you’d like to continue, click the Move Nameservers to Network Solutions® button
  7. In the Host Alias (CNAME Records) section, click Edit CNAME Records
  8. To add/edit CNAME records:
  •  Enter or edit the alias name in the Alias text box
  •  Select Other Host
  • Write Clk.im
  •  Click Continue

 

EveryDNS.net:

  1. Log in to your account at EveryDNS.net
  2. On the left side, click the domain you’d like to use with Clkim.
  3. Since EveryDNS.net is your hosting service, and not your domain registrar, make sure your domain points to EveryDNS.net’s nameservers. This allows your CNAME record configuration to take effect
  4. Below “Add a Record,” create your CNAME record
  5. Next to “Fully Qualified Domain Name,” enter your subdomain. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your blog’s address, enter www
  6. In the “Record Type” section, select CNAME
  7. In the “Record Value” section, enter Clk.im
  8. Click Add Record
  9. Repeat for the second record. In the “Fully Qualified Domain Name,” enter the short security token
  10. In the “Record Type” section, select CNAME
  11. In the “Record Value” section, enter the long security token
  12. Click Add Record

 

Yahoo! SmallBusiness:

  1. Log in to your account at smallbusiness.yahoo.com
  2. Below the domain you’d like to use with your blog, click Domain Control Panel.
  3. Click Manage Advanced DNS Settings > Add Record.
  4. In the “Source” section, enter your subdomain. For example, if you designated www.mydomain.com as the address of your blog, enter www.
  5. In the “Destination” section, enter Clk.im
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Click Add Record again.
  8. In the “Source” section, enter the short security token.
  9. In the “Destination” section, enter the long security code
  10. Click Submit

 

No-IP:

  1. Log in to your account at No-IP
  2. On the left side, click Host/Redirects
  3. Under “Hosts/Redirects,” click Manage
  4. Click Add for a new entry, or click Modify and skip to step six for an existing entry
  5. Enter the host name, and select your domain name. For example, if you designated www.mydomain.com as the address of your blog, enter www.
  6. For the host type, select DNS alias CNAME
  7. For the Target host, enter Clk.im
  8. Click Modify
  9. Click Add for a new entry again
  10. Enter the the short security token, and select your domain name
  11. For the host type, select DNS alias CNAME
  12. For the Target host, enter the long security token
  13. Click Modify

 

DNS Park:

  1. Log in to your account at DNS Park
  2. On the left side, click DNS Hosting
  3. Click the domain you’d like to use with your blog
  4. Since DNS Park is your hosting service, and not your domain registrar, make sure that your domain points to DNS Park’s nameservers. This allows your MX record configuration to take effect
  5. Click Alias Records
  6. In the “Host Name” section, enter your subdomain. For example, if you picked www.mydomain.com as your blog’s address, enter www
  7. In the “Destination Name” section, enter Clk.im
  8. Click Add Alias
  9. In the “Host name” section, enter the short security token
  10. In the “Destination Name” section, enter the long security token
  11. Click Add Alias

 

Register:

  1. Log in to your account at Register.com
  2. Click on Domain names link to access your Domain Management page
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click on Advanced Technical Settings
  4. Click on the Edit Domain Alias (CNAME) to edit your desired alias
  5. Add www, or a sub domain in the left box and write Clk.im in the right box (point to)
  6. Select Continue
  7. Verify the Settings listed and select Continue

Good luck!!

 

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