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Using a domain name

Introduction:
Pitchero websites are hosted on a Pitchero url:
http://www.pitchero.com/clubs/oldboysfc

But this can be replaced with your own, custom domain name:
http://www.oldboysfc.com

You can purchase a custom domain in your Pitchero club control panel. It's really easy and takes less than a minute - head to our user-guide to find out more.

How will a custom domain name boost website traffic?
- It will improve your Google ranking
- Supporters are more likely to remember a shorter domain name and visit more often
- Gives your club website a more professional feel

Hosting a domain name - the domain name registrar
If you've signed up to a Pitchero package and already own a custom domain name for your club, you can redirect that domain across to your new club website.

Head to "Redirecting an existing domain name" for details on how to do that.

Pitchero is just one of many sites that offer domain registration, and below are a collection of users you could buy a domain from before verifying it in your Club Control Panel.

Buying a new domain name:
Buying a domain name is a simple and straightforward process.

For organisation based in the UK, Pitchero recommends 123 Reg as a domain name registrar.

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For organisations based in the US, Pitchero recommends Go Daddy, Name Cheap and Register

The cost of a domain name varies between £5 and £20 per year depending on the length of registration.

To buy a domain name with 123 Reg, follows these simple steps:
>> Go to 123-Reg.co.uk
>> Use the search box to find the domain name you want to buy (Tip: keep it short and snappy)
>> If available purchase the domain name.
>> To do this you will have to create a new account with 123-Reg.co.uk.

Tip: If using the domain name with a Pitchero website you do NOT need web hosting or other ‘extras’, buy the domain name and nothing else.

Using a custom domain name with a Pitchero website:
Once you have purchased your custom domain name you will need to map the domain name to your Pitchero url.

To do this you will need access to your Pitchero Webmaster Control Panel and the control panel of the domain name registrar.

Domain name registrar control panel:

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123-Reg users
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>> Log in to the control panel
>> Select the domain name from the drop down and click Manage.

Manage

>> Under Advanced domain settings, click Manage DNS

DNS

>> Then click Advanced DNS

>> First delete the 'www' A type record - click the Delete icon on the right.
>> In the Hostname box enter your custom domain name:
>> Under Type, select CNAME
>> In the Destination CNAME enter: cname.pitchero.com.

DNS

>> Click Add New Entry

Now go to your Pitchero Webmaster control panel.

>> Log in
>> Click the Settings tab
>> Click Custom Domain from the options on the left
>> If needed, you will be asked to upgrade to the Standard Package (You must be on the Standard or Pro package to use a custom domain).
>> Follow the steps to verify your domain.
>> It may take 24 hours for the custom domain name to replace the standard Pitchero url.

Redirecting an existing domain name
If you already own a custom domain name follow the same steps listed above.

If your domain name is registered with another company you may want to consider transferring the domain name to 123 Reg. This is free and should only take 24 hours.

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Fasthosts users
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>> Log in to the control panel
>> Select the "Manage Domains" option from the "Domain" section

DNS

>> Click on the domain
>> Click advanced DNS

DNS

>> Click add CNAME Record
>> Add the hostname as "www" and points to "cname.pitchero.com"

DNS

Now go to your Pitchero Webmaster control panel.

>> Log in
>> Click the Settings tab
>> Click Custom Domain from the options on the left
>> If needed, you will be asked to upgrade to the Standard Package (You must be on the Standard or Pro package to use a custom domain).
>> Follow the steps to verify your domain.
>> It may take 24 hours for the custom domain name to replace the standard Pitchero url.

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GoDaddy users
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>> Log in to the control panel and click on My Account.
>> Select Manage your Domains and click the domain you wish to edit.
>> This will lead to your Domain Details, select DNS Zone File, and then Edit.

>> Locate the CNAME section and select Quick Add
>> On the new row, under "Host" add in "www".
>> Under "Points to" add in 'cname.pitchero.com'

>> Then remove the original row with the host 'www' (if applicable)
>> Then scroll to the bottom of the page and click Save Zone File

Now go to your Pitchero Webmaster control panel.

>> Log in
>> Click the Settings tab
>> Click Custom Domain from the options on the left
>> If needed, you will be asked to upgrade to the Standard Package (You must be on the Standard or Pro package to use a custom domain).
>> Follow the steps to verify your domain.
>> It may take 24 hours for the custom domain name to replace the standard Pitchero url.

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Domain name lookup
If your organisation owns a domain name but you do not know who controls the domain name or where it is registered, you can find out using a domain name lookup search tool.

Enter the full domain name and click Lookup. The owner and domain name registrar will be listed on the results page.

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Support
If you are unable to find the Advanced DNS settings you should contact your domain name registrar and request they add the cname record for you.

Use the following email:
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Hello Domain Name Registrar,
I own the domain name [ INSERT DOMAIN NAME ] this is hosted and registered with you.

I would be grateful if you would add the following record to the DNS setup for this domain name:
www IN CNAME cname.pitchero.com

Many thanks
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