Connect a Non-school Based/ Third Party Custom Domain (URL) to Your OpenScholar Site

What is a "Non-school Based/ Third Party" domain name?

Domain hosting companies like GoDaddy or Blue Host will sell you a custom domain of your choosing for a reoccuring fee. When/if engaging with these providers you only need "domain hosting" NOT "web hosting". If you are using OpenScholar, your school or organization is hosting your site through the OpenScholar Company and "web hosting" isn't needed.

Example Non-school Based/ Third Party domains:

mylabname.com
initiativexyz.org
myeventname.com

* Please note that your school or organization may have restrictions on applying non-school/organization domains to OpenScholar sites. Please check with your school's IT Department prior to starting this process.

Connecting the domain name to your OpenScholar website

To connect your non-school Based/ third party custom domain to your OpenScholar site, follow the steps below:

  1. Go to your domain host's DNS settings and add 2 new individual A Records pointing to the following IP addresses: 18.208.82.203 & 18.232.209.104
    1. Remove all other A Records only. DO NOT remove other record types (like MX Records)
       
  2. Contact the OpenScholar support team and provide your custom domain and alert them that you have added the 2 new A Records & IP addresses and request that they connect your custom domain to your OpenScholar site (provide your OpenScholar website url).
     
  3. Upon approval, the OpenScholar team will add your custom domain to your site

If you need help adding A Records, please refer to the information below.

Connecting a Custom Domain From Popular Domain Hosts

BlueHost

  1. Log into your BlueHost Control Panel
  2. Select the DNS Zone Editor icon in the Domains section
    dns editor
  3. Select the domain you're modifying from the drop-down box
    domain
  4. Scroll down to the heading Add DNS Record
    domain
    1. In the Host Record field, enter the desired record name
    2. Leave the TTL field at the default setting
    3. Under Type, select A
    4. In the Points To field enter the IP address, 18.208.82.203
    5. Other fields may appear
  5. Click the Add Record button

Repeat steps to add the 2nd IP Address, 18.232.209.104

Remember to remove all other A Records only. DO NOT remove other record types (like MX Records)

DreamHost

  1. Log into your DreamHost account and go to your Control Panel
  2. Click on Domains, and click Manage Domains
    manage domain
    1. Click on the DNS link located under your domain
      dns link
  3. Enter the following three fields to create the A Record:
    configuring domain
    1. Name: For the main domain, leave the 'Name' field blank. For 'www' or other subdomains, you can enter the subdomain name in this field.
    2. Type: The Record 'Type" defaults to 'A'
    3. Value: Enter the IP address, 18.208.82.203 in the 'Value' field
    4. Click the Add Record Now! button

Repeat steps to add the 2nd IP Address, 18.232.209.104

Remember to remove all other A Records only. DO NOT remove other record types (like MX Records)

GoDaddy

  1. Log into your GoDaddy Account
  2. Click on Manage Domains
    manage domain
  3. Click the gear icon to expose the drop down menu and click Manage DNS
    manage domain
  4. On the DNS Management page, in the Records section, click Add and select A from the menu
  5. Complete three fields:
    manage domain
    1. Host Name - Enter the host name the A record links to. Type @ to point the record directly to your domain name, including the www.
    2. Points to IP Address - Enter the IP Address, 18.208.82.203
    3. TTL - Select how long the server should cache the information
  6. Click save

Repeat steps to add the 2nd IP Address, 18.232.209.104

Remember to remove all other A Records only. DO NOT remove other record types (like MX Records)

Host Gator

  1. Log into your HostGator account and access the Control Panel
  2. Under the Domains section of the Control Panel, go to Simple DNS Zone Editor
    manage domain
  3. Create a new A record pointing to the IP Address, 18.208.82.203

Repeat steps to add the 2nd IP Address, 18.232.209.104

Remember to remove all other A Records only. DO NOT remove other record types (like MX Records)

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