Please follow these instructions in order to set up a custom URL for your publication. Failure to adhere to the order of steps below could result in delays. 1) To set up a custom domain for a publication, you should first register your custom domain. 2) Please note that you must establish a subdomain. A subdomain is the part before the period (see below examples).
Custom domain = www.customdomain.com Subdomain = m.customdomain.com OR subdomain.customdomain.com
3) Setup a CNAME record that associates your subdomain with your Readz publication.
Log in to your domain registrar and find the section that allows you to edit and/ or create CNAME Records. This is often done from a settings panel with a name such as "Edit DNS" or "Zone File Control."
For instance, if your custom URL is decided to be m.customdomain.com, then the CNAME record would be:
m.customdomain.com CNAME custom-url.readz.com TTL=86400 (seconds, which = 1 day)
Regardless of what your publication's preconfigured Readz URL is, you should just put "custom-url.readz.com" in your domain settings control panel page where you can set the CNAME.
4) In the Readz' Preferences page, add your URL to the "Custom URL" input. See screenshot above.
If you want to set up a URL redirect (301), check the following steps.
5) To support users browsing to your root domain, you should set up a 301-redirect to -- quite literally -- redirect users searching for your customdomain.com to the subdomain. For instance, if the subdomain is m.customdomain.com, then you would set up 301 redirect from customdomain.com to m.customdomain.com 6) You should setup your root domain A record to point at your URL forwarding service. Never point an A record at any IP address associated with Readz, as all of our IP addresses are served dynamically by our content delivery network, so that all users are served data from the nearest location based on different IP addresses. Readz does not have a service capability for fixed IP addresses.
After you successfully set up your custom URL, we advise you then register your new custom URL with Facebook to enable sharing.
Click here to find out more about setting up Facebook sharing with custom URLs on Readz.
With Readz, you can set up any URL to share with your audience. However, we do have special criteria for how to establish your Readz publication as a custom URL. See below for how to meet this criteria.
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