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Connect Your Domain

Every page you publish within Leadpages is automatically hosted on our servers at the Leadpages domain you created when setting up your account, for example:

https://yoursubdomain.lpages.co/your-page-name

If you own a domain, this guide will show you how you can easily connect your domain to your Leadpages account and publish to that domain (i.e. https://yourwebsite.com/your-page-name) instead of your Leadpages domain.

If you have hosting at a domain you own with an existing site already built there, you can publish your pages via our WordPress plugin or HTML. Or, simply follow the CNAME instructions below, but perform them at your hosting service, rather than domain provider.

 

The fine print

There are a couple things you should know before connecting your domain.

  • Pages are still hosted on our servers—we do not publish pages to your server directly.
  • We’ll automatically secure all connected domains with an SSL certificate and HTTPS server. Get security details →
  • A Pro or Advanced subscription is required to connect multiple domains to your Leadpages account. Learn more here.
  • If you'd like to redirect a root domain to a subdomain or vice versa, you'll want to create both a CNAME and A Record in your domain provider settings as indicated below.

Root domain or subdomain

If you own a domain, you can connect it to Leadpages simply using your root domain or with a subdomain of your choice.

Root domain

A root domain is a domain without a subdomain like www before it. Publishing to a root domain is a great option if you own your domain but do not have a site built at that domain and would like to use it for publishing Leadpages.

Once connected, publishing your Leadpages to a root domain would look something like this:

https://yourwebsite.com/your-page-name

Subdomain

A subdomain comes before your root domain and allows you to publish content to the same domain while also categorizing or putting your content in a subfolder of sorts.

Once connected, you’ll be able to publish pages to a subdomain like so:

https://subdomain.yourwebsite.com/your-page-name

For example, your URLs could look like this:

https://www.leadpages.net/blog

https://blog.leadpages.net

Learn how to set up a subdomain connection with this video:

 

Connection guide

Here’s how to connect your domain to Leadpages:

Step 1: Add your domain to Leadpages

  1. Click the profile icon at the top right corner of your dashboard.
  2. Select “Domains”.
  3. Click Connect Domain.
  4. Enter the domain URL where you'd like your pages published. Then, click Connect Domain.
NOTE: Follow the steps given in the Leadpages app. You must complete these CNAME and/or A Record steps in your domain provider to make connection.

Step 2: Create a CNAME and/or A Record with your domain provider

Now, you’ll need to add a CNAME and/or A Record to your domain provider settings.

To publish to a root domain (i.e. yourwebsite.com), you'll create an A Record in your domain provider settings. To publish to a subdomain (i.e. www), you'll create a CNAME Record in your domain provider settings.

After entering in a root domain or a domain with a subdomain in Step 1, you'll receive step-by-step directions right within Leadpages. Follow the steps to finish your domain connection.

Redirect root domain to subdomain or vice versa

If you'd like to redirect a root domain you've connected in Leadpages to a subdomain or vice versa, you'll want to create both a CNAME and A Record in your domain provider settings.

While connecting your domain to Leadpages, step-by-step directions will appear for redirecting.

Once connected and redirected, your root domain and subdomain will be displayed like so:

We have step-by-step CNAME & A Record guides below for GoDaddy and Namecheap, similar to the instructions that will appear when connecting your domain in Leadpages.

NOTE: It can take anywhere from a few minutes to 24 hours for your domain provider to make the connection with Leadpages and properly map your domain. Automatic redirects are available in Leadpages between a root domain and www subdomain.

If you still see a “Pending Connection” message after 24 hours, follow the publishing steps below, which can sometimes resolve the issue. Otherwise, don’t hesitate to contact our amazing support team.

Connect additional domains

A Pro or Advanced subscription is required to connect multiple domains to your Leadpages account.

  • Pro: connect up to 3 domains
  • Advanced: connect up to 50 domains
    • Sub accounts: connect up to 50 domains

To connect an additional domain you own, simply start with step 1 above.

If you currently have a Standard subscription and would like to upgrade, learn how here.

Publish to your domain

Homepage and 404 Error Page

Once you've connected your domain in Leadpages, you can select specific Leadpages you have created as your domain's homepage as well as a 404 error page for when visitors try to access an old page on your site or have mis-typed the page slug.

Under Domains in your account settings, click Select next to "Homepage" and/or "404 Error Page" to set your Leadpage.

Standalone pages

Follow these steps to publish any page to your domain:

  1. Click Leadpages in your account dashboard, open the actions menu more for your page, then select Publishing Options
  2. On the “URL” tab, click the pencil icon to edit.
  3. Select your domain and enter a URL “slug”, which will appear at the end of your URL: www.yourdomain.com/your-awesome-page
  4. Click Save.

CNAME & A Record setup examples

GoDaddy CNAME & A Record step-by-step

After performing Step 1 above, follow these steps inside your GoDaddy account in order to connect your domain.

In the example below, our domain is leadpageseducationtest.com. We show both a CNAME for the subdomain www and an A Record for connecting the root domain.

  1. Inside GoDaddy, click "My Products," then DNS.
  2. If you'd like to connect to your root domain, skip to step 4 below. You may already have a CNAME record with the name www. Click the pencil icon to edit it. (If you don't already have a CNAME record with the name www, or plan to use a subdomain other than www, click ADD)
  3. Edit the field to read Hostwww and Points tocustom-proxy.leadpages.net
  4. If you only want to set up a CNAME Record, skip to step 6. To set up an A Record and connect to your root domain, you may already have an A Record created. Click the pencil icon to edit it. (If you don't already have an A Record, click ADD)
  5. Edit the field to read Host@ and Points to: 35.202.21.90
  6. Click Save.
  7. It may take up to 24 hours for the domain to be connected within Leadpages, however, once connected your domain will be listed under Domains in your account settings within Leadpages as Connected and Secure

Namecheap CNAME & A Record step-by-step

After performing Step 1 above, follow these steps inside your Namecheap account in order to connect your domain.

In the example below, our domain is leadpagestest.services. We show both a CNAME for the subdomain www and an A Record for connecting the root domain.

  1. Inside Namecheap, click "Domain List," then Manage
  2. Then click "Advanced DNS" and Add New Record.
  3. If you'd like to connect to your root domain, skip ahead to step 4. Select CNAME Record and edit the field to read Hostwww and Valuecustom-proxy.leadpages.net (If you already have a CNAME record with the name www, but would like to use it with Leadpages, delete or replace it with this one.)
  4. If you'd only like to connect a subdomain, skip to step 5 below. Select A Record and edit the field to read Host@ and Value: 35.202.21.90. (If you already have an A record with @ as the host, but would like to use it with Leadpages, delete or replace it with this one.)
  5. Click the green checkmark to Save Changes.
  6. It may take up to 24 hours for the domain to be connected within Leadpages, however, once connected your domain will be listed under Domains in your account settings within Leadpages as Connected and Secure

Helpful domain provider links

To get you started, we've linked within Leadpages, as well as below, to some helpful tools from popular domain providers on how to add a CNAME within those services.

Frequently asked questions

How is domain security handled?

We support https:// and SSL protocols by default for all pages hosted on our servers. In fact, you don’t need to purchase your own SSL certificate. Learn more about security ↗

We’re not able to automatically secure pages hosted on your own server (such as through your WordPress site or our HTML download option).

My domain is on Cloudflare and when setting up my CNAME, I'm getting an error. Now what?

To connect a Cloudflare domain to your Leadpages account, make sure the SSL options on your domain are set to Full SSL or Full SSL (Strict). Here's a resource from Cloudflare on their SSL settings.

(Updated November 26, 2018)


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