Every Fabrik subscription includes an onfabrik.com web address so you can instantly view your portfolio. You can also link as many of your personal domain names to your Fabrik website as you like. To do this you need to make a few changes to your domain's configuration. This is usually done via the control panel provided by your domain registrar (the company from whom you registered the domain).
1. Getting Started
DNS is the thing that translates a friendly URL like fabrik.io into an IP Address; a long number that works like a postal address for things connected to the internet.
To link your domain to your Fabrik website you need to change your DNS records to point to Fabrik's IP Address on 184.108.40.206
Log in to the control panel of whoever manages your domain's DNS. Usually this is the same place where you registered your domain but we often find that the domain registrar and DNS are in two places. If you're not sure who this is, you can check here. For example, if we check fabrik.io we can see from the results that its DNS is hosted by Gandi:
Domain : fabrik.io
Status : Live
Expiry : 2017-10-27
NS 1 : b.dns.gandi.net
NS 2 : c.dns.gandi.net
NS 3 : a.dns.gandi.net
Updating your DNS
Once you've logged in to your domain registrar's control panel you need to make some changes to your DNS records. The exact process for doing this can differ between providers. We have step-by-step guides for a number of popular registrars below.
- 123-Reg Domain Instructions
- GoDaddy Domain Instructions
- Easyspace Domain Instructions
- Media Temple Domain Instructions
- Blacknight Domain Instructions
- Tsohost Domain Instructions
- Fasthosts Domain Instructions
- Gandi Domain Instructions
- OVH Domain Instructions
- 1&1 Domain Instruction
If you're provider is not listed you need to configure the following records (they're normally called A Records) to point to Fabrik:
Host Name Type IP Address
@ A 220.127.116.11
www A 18.104.22.168
If you already have these records you can just update the IP Address. If you don't have them (possible if you've just registered the domain) you may need to create them.
2. Linking your domain to your Fabrik site
The final step is to link your domain within the Fabrik dashboard. To do this, log in to Fabrik and go to Settings > Domains:
Next, link your domains using the provided form:
Make sure both the non-www and www versions of your domain are added. This way it doesn't matter if someone enters www.yourdomain.com or yourdomain.com, they'll still end up at your Fabrik website.
3. Choosing a primary domain
Every Fabrik website has a primary domain/URL. If someone navigates to a non-primary domain we redirect them to your primary domain. What you choose is up to you - personally we favour the non-www version (e.g. yourdomain.com) because it is shorter and looks nicer in the address bar.
The Internet is a big place!
DNS records are replicated all over the internet so any changes you make can often take up to 48 hours to propagate. If after a few hours your domain still goes to the old location, restart your browser and try again, you may need to be patient and wait a bit longer. If you want absolute confirmation that you've set everything up correctly you can use Dig Web Interface.
We're here to help
DNS can be a little tricky so if you get stuck, please contact us via the chat (bottom right of your screen) or email us we will be happy to help.