This guide will walk you through connecting your domain from a Namecheap account to your WebDirect site.
Step 1 - Add your domain to WebDirect
To connect your domain to your website, you need to add the specific domain name to your WebDirect account. Your domain configuration can be managed on the ‘Domains’ page in the ‘Settings’ tab of WebDirect. In case you need help logging in to your WebDirect account, please refer to this article.
Once you are on the ‘Domains’ page in WebDirect, navigate to the ‘More domains’ section. Enter your domain www.yourdomain.com (be sure to include ‘www’) and click on ‘Add’. Your domain should now be listed above. Save your changes by clicking on ‘Save’ in the lower right side of the page.
Step 2 - Set up your 301 redirects.
If you recently purchased your domain please proceed to Step 3 directly.
If you have an existing website under your personalised domain please follow these instructions and then proceed to step 3.
Step 3 - Log in to your Register.it account
Visit register.it and log in via the ‘Client Area’ button at the top right side of the screen.
In the next window, enter your username and password and click on ‘Login’.
Step 4 - Set up your CNAME record
Once you are logged in, you should see the Client Area. On the right side, you will see your account details with a list of domains.
Click directly on the domain you would like to connect. If you purchased one domain, the list will only show a single domain.
On the next screen, click the button with a house icon titled ‘DOMAIN & DNS’.
On the next screen, click ‘DNS configuration’.
On the next screen, click ‘Advanced’. You will be taken to a list of DNS records.
To change your CNAME record, look for ‘CNAME’ in the ‘Type’ column, and ‘www’ in the Name column. Click in the ‘Value’ box and type ‘suite-sites.booking.com’ in the ‘Points to’ field. Be sure that ‘www’ is displayed in the ‘Name’ field. Do not change the TTL – it should still display ‘900’.
Step 5 - Set up your A record
Next, we will change the A record for your naked domain (without ‘www’). You should still be viewing the ‘Current DNS Configuration’ section.
To change your A record, look for ‘A’ in the ‘Type’ column and the naked domain (without ‘www’) in the ‘Name’ column.
Click in the ‘Value’ box and type ‘188.8.131.52’ in the ‘Points to’ field. Be sure that ‘www’ is displayed in the ‘Name’ field. Do not change the TTL – it should still display ‘900’. Once you have completed these steps, click ‘Apply’.
A pop-up window will ask you to confirm your changes: Click ‘Continue’ and your changes will be applied.
Step 6 – Setting your primary domain
The last step is to set your domain name as primary. If you have multiple domains added to your account, you will need to set only one of your domain names as primary. Your other domains will then be automatically redirected to your primary domain. Visitors who access your website will then always see this primary domain in their browser bar.
In order to set your primary domain, navigate to the ‘Domains’ in the WebDirect ‘Settings’ tab. In the ‘More domains’ section, hover over the domain you would like to set as primary, then click on the ‘Make primary domain’ button. Be sure you save your changes by clicking on the ‘Save’ button in the lower right side of the page.
Hint: You can only set your domain as primary if you made the necessary changes with your domain provider. If this has not been done, you will receive the error message: ‘This domain is not ready to be set as your primary. DNS records could take up to 4 hours to update – please try again later’.
In case you need help configuring your domain, please refer to our step-by-step guide here.