add a customized area alias in your WordPress touchdown web page
Would you like to add a custom domain alias for your WordPress landing page?
Wouldn't it be nice, instead of installing a separate WordPress website, to use your existing WordPress to create landing pages and point different domains to specific custom landing pages?
In this article, we're going to show you how to easily add a custom domain alias for your WordPress landing page.
Why add a custom domain for a WordPress landing page?
For example, let's say you have a blog where you post cooking recipes under the domain name mycookingrecipes.com. Now you want to sell online courses on your website.
A good way to promote your business with online courses would be to have your own marketing website with a different domain name (e.g. awesomecookingcourse.com).
Now you can create a separate WordPress website and spend your time and money on it, or you can just add a custom domain and point it to a landing page on your existing website.
This allows you to create a fantastic landing page (micro-site) that is highly optimized for conversions. At the same time, you can use the same WordPress installation to create and sell courses.
Suppose you are introducing a new product in your WooCommerce store. You want to use a custom domain to promote this product without creating a separate WooCommerce store.
This way, you can save time maintaining your website while keeping the costs of your WordPress website under control.
Another popular use case for this solution is in marketing agencies. Now, if you create PPC landing pages for customers and manage them through a platform like Unbounce, you can cut your bill significantly by doing all of this with a single WordPress installation while still using the customers' custom domains.
Let's see how you can easily add a custom domain alias to your WordPress landing page.
What do you need to add a custom domain alias for your WordPress landing page?
First, of course, you need a new domain name. We recommend using Domain.com as they are one of the best domain name registrars out there.
They have competitive prices and you can use your domain name with any WordPress hosting company.
Second, you need to make sure that your WordPress hosting company allows the use of multiple domains that point to the same WordPress website.
Finally, you need SeedProd. It's the best WordPress page builder plugin out there with a built-in feature that lets you use a custom domain for each landing page on your website.
Note: You need at least yours professional Schedule access to the domain mapper.
Create your landing page in WordPress
We'll start by creating the landing page on your existing WordPress website.
First install and activate the SeedProd plugin. For more information, see our step-by-step guide on installing a WordPress plugin.
After activation you need to visit SeedProd »Settings Page to enter your license key. You can find this information under your account on the SeedProd website.
Next you have to visit SeedProd »Pages Then click the "Add New Landing Page" button.
The next screen will ask you to choose a template. SeedProd includes several professionally designed templates that you can use as a starting point.
Just click to choose the template you want to use. You will be asked to provide a name for your landing page and choose a URL slug.
After entering the required information, click the “Save and start editing page” button to continue.
This will launch the SeedProd drag and drop pagination interface.
The page builder is super easy to use. Just point to an item on the page and click to edit and change it. You can also add new items by adding blocks from the left pane.
It contains all of the commonly used blocks needed to build any landing page. You can also add full sections by going to the Sections tab.
There are general sections like the header and footer, hero image, call to action, and more.
You can change any element on your landing page by changing its properties like fonts, size, colors, background images, and more.
You can also connect your landing page to third party tools by going to the Connect tab. SeedProd supports all of the top email marketing platforms, Google Analytics, and over 2000 other apps through Zapier.
Once you are happy with your landing page, you can click the Save button to publish your landing page.
Add a custom domain to your landing page
Now that your landing page is ready. Let's tell SeedProd that this landing page will be displayed using a custom domain alias.
All you have to do is edit the page and go to the Settings tab. There you will find the "Custom Domain" option where you have to toggle the switch to turn on the custom domain.
Below you have to enter the domain name you want to use.
If your custom domain name has an SSL certificate enabled, you must also enable the Force HTTP option.
Don't forget to click the Save button to save your changes.
Now if you've tried to visit your landing page you will see an error. This is because SeedProd is trying to use your custom domain name, but the domain name is not yet pointing to your website.
Let's change that.
Set up a custom domain alias
You'll need to point your custom domain alias to your WordPress hosting provider. You can do this by editing the DNS name servers under your domain registrar account.
Name servers are part of the global database of the Domain Name System. Their job is to tell other computers where to find a domain name.
You can find out which name servers to use for your hosting company by asking the support team. For example, Bluehost uses the following name servers for most websites:
Once you've figured out the nameservers your hosting provider uses, you'll need to write them down as you'll need this information in the next step.
In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to do this for a domain registered with Domain.com by referencing Bluehost. However, the basic instructions are the same for most domain registrars.
First, you need to log into your Domain.com account. After that you have to click on the link "DNS & Nameserver" in the left sidebar.
Before starting, make sure the correct domain is selected at the top of the screen. Once you've verified that the domain is correct, just scroll down to the NS records section.
First click on the 3 vertical dots next to ns1.domain.com and then select Edit.
You will see a popup asking you to edit the name server record. Simply enter the new name server in the "Contents" field and click the "Update DNS" button.
Repeat this process for the name server record ns2.domain.com. You will see your updated name servers in the list.
For more information and other domain name registrars, see our guide on how to easily change DNS name servers.
Add a custom domain to your hosting account
After your custom domain points to your WordPress hosting provider, the next step is to add it to your hosting account.
We'll show you how to add your domain name in Bluehost. However, the process is the same for most hosting providers.
Just log into your hosting account dashboard and then go to Domains »Assign Page. Here you need to enter the domain name you want to add under "Use a domain that is not yet linked to your account".
Bluehost now checks whether the domain name refers to the name servers. After that, you can scroll down to the “Addon vs Parked” section and select the “Addon” option.
Below you have the option of selecting the directory (folder) that you want to use for this domain. You need to select the directory where your WordPress site is installed.
If you are not sure, you can simply select the public_html option below.
Finally, click the "Assign This Domain" button to add your domain name.
That's all, you can now enter your custom domain alias in a new browser tab and it will automatically display your WordPress landing page.
We hope this article has helped you point your custom domain alias to your WordPress landing page. You may also want to check out our guide to creating an email newsletter and our comparison of the best phone services for business to increase your landing page conversions.
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