Getting started with a custom domain Business
This is a guide on how to get started with a custom domain setup for Kuula Business subscriptions.
What is Kuula Business?
Kuula Business subscription offers all the advantages and features of the Kuula PRO subscription and comes with a few big cherries on top:
- Custom domain host and share all your 360 content under your own domain
- Website editor quickly build and manage your own website around your 360 content
- SSL certificate make sure your audience can securely access your content
- Whitelisted social posts share 360 content on social media with no Kuula attribution
Sounds interesting? Great! To get started, follow the steps below.
1. Choose a domain
If you do not already own a domain, you can buy one, provided that it is available of course. There are a lot of different domain registering services on the web. You can refer to the list at the end of this article for links to the most popular ones.
After purchasing a domain name, you can decide to either use the top level domain for your Business subscription or use a subdomain. For example, if your domain name is mycompany.com, you can either use that or create a dedicated subdomain such as 360.mycompany.com or tours.mycompany.com.
If you already have a domain and a website hosted under this domain, then the subdomain option is recommended if you want to keep current website you have.
Depending on which option you choose, the DNS (Domain Name Service) setup will be a bit different.
2a. DNS setup for top level domain
If you want to use your top level domain (i.e. mycompany.com) you will need to redirect the domain to the Kuula servers using a A type record in DNS. The A record needs to point to the following IP address:
2b. DNS setup for subdomains
If you want to use a subdomain (ex. tours.mycompany.com) you will need to add a CNAME type record to your DNS settings and it needs to point to:
Please refer to the list at the end of this article to find tutorials on how to manage & edit DNS records for some popular domain registars.
2c. Checking the setup
Regardless of whether you choose to use an A type record or a CNAME type, after doing the setup make sure of the following:
- There is only one A or CNAME record in your zone file. If you had any previous records pointing to other IPs and server, those need to be removed.
- There are no AAAA record for your domain. Those record define IPv6 adresses and are not supported by Kuula at this point. Any existing AAAA records need to be removed.
- Other type of records, such as NS, MX or TXT are ok and can stay.
3. Add the domain to your website
Now that you redirected the domain, you can add it to your website settings. In order to do this, navigate to the Website Editor and login using your Kuula credentials. Once in the editor, go to Settings and select the Domains tab. It should look similar to this:
Before you add and setup your custom domain, you can use the fallback domain listed on top of this page. The generic domain has the following format:
username.viewin360.co where the first part is your Kuula user name.
To add your custom domain, use the Add custom domain button in the top/right. Once you add it, our system will test the domain to see if it is correctly setup. If there are any problems, they will be reported on the screen along with some troubleshooting instructions, otherwise the test will be marked as passed.
If all test pass - your domain is ready to use! You can get direct links or embed codes to all your tours and posts by following this tutorial. You can also start building your website. To get started, please follow this tutorial.
The secure protocol (HTTPS/SSL) is activated automatically by the system once your domain is added and correctly redirected in DNS. The activation may take up to 24 hours. In the meantime, you can access your website using a fallback domain.
Appendix: DNS tutorials
Below is a list of article showing how to modify DNS settings for some of the popular domain registars.
- GoDaddy A CNAME
- Domain.com A CNAME
- Bluehost A CNAME
- Namecheap A CNAME
- Wix A CNAME
- (mt) Media Temple A CNAME
- FatCow A CNAME
- iwantmyname A CNAME
If your domain register is not on this list, please let us know. We will find the appropriate articles & tutorials and add them.