Custom domains are now available to Songwhip Pro Business users. The icing on the cake for your smart link experience and the key to unlocking advanced Pixel Ad Campaign features.
Custom domains look great and have recently becomes a requirement for Custom Conversions functionality in your Facebook Pixel powered ad campaigns. As this is quite an advanced feature and it costs us dollar to run, it's available to Pro Business plan customers only.
Custom Domains can be a little tricky to setup so I'm going to give an overview of some of the things you should consider.
If you don't have a domain already you can purchase one from 1000s of different places. I usually use name.com or Cloudflare as they are affordable, trustworthy and have good features. You should expect to pay something in the region of $10-30/year depending on the type of domain. I would personally avoid GoDaddy as there have some limiting functionality which make setup harder.
Now you've got the domain, you need to choose which domain/link you'd like to point to your Songwhip artist. If you already have a website up and running on your 'root' domain (eg. at youdomain.com) you'll need to choose a 'subdomain' to point to your Songwhip instead (eg. links.yourdomain.com, music.yourdomain.com, whatever.yourdomain.com).
Once you'd chosen you domain you can contact us (DM, email, whatever) with your domain choice and the Songwhip artist link you'd like to point the domain at. We can then associate this domain with your account, which should only take a minute.
Finally you'll need to go to the website you bought the domain from and login to your account to point your chosen domain to Songwhip. You can do this from a section called something like 'DNS' (which stands for Domain Name Servers).
This step is slightly different depending on whether you are using a 'subdomain' (eg. something.yourdomain.com) or what they call an 'apex' or 'root' domain (eg. yourdomain.com).
Using a subdomain (eg. links.yourdomain.com) is the simplest setup. Once inside your domain providers dashboard:
This varies slightly between providers but it should look a bit like this:
Pointing an apex/root domain (eg. yourdomain.com) at Songwhip is a little more involved.
If you're using Cloudflare for your DNS you can use a CNAME record for apex/root domains, which is a bit simpler.
I know a lot of this terminology is confusing, but once it's up and running it's done. If you need any help, don't hesitate to reach out and say hi 🤗