Setting Up a Custom Domain With Google Domains

This article goes over the process of setting up a custom domain with Google Domains. This requires 5 steps: purchasing a domain name, adding your domain to your , changing your domain's nameservers, creating CNAME records, and making your domain your primary domain. Note that these steps must be done sequentially.

Purchasing a Domain Name

In order to set up a custom domain, you'll first have to purchase one. If you've already purchased a custom domain name, you can skip this step. To purchase a domain name through Google Domains:

  1. Go to Google Domains.
  2. In the search bar, type in your desired domain name.
  3. If your desired domain is available, select it and go through Google Domains' checkout process to purchase it.

Adding Your Domain to Your brainstorm

Once you've purchased your desired domain name, you'll have to add it to your brainstorm . To do so:

  1. Log into your brainstorm account.
  2. Select Site from the admin sidebar.
  3. Choose Domains from the submenu.
  4. If you have not yet verified your original brainstorm subdomain, you'll see this screen, where you can confirm the standard subdomain or add the custom domain instead. (We recommend that you confirm the standard free .brainstorm.co subdomain first and then add a custom domain using the process in steps 5-7, as you'll need a brainstorm subdomain to connect certain programs like Zapier.)
  5. Otherwise, if you have already verified your original subdomain, click the New Domain button. 
  6. In the Domain Name text box, enter the url of the desired custom domain INCLUDING "www." Click Add Domain.
  7. Similarly, also enter the url of the desired custom domain WITHOUT "www." Click Add Domain.

Changing Your Custom Domain's Nameservers

After adding your custom domain name to your brainstorm , you'll have to change your custom domain's nameservers. This step requires the use of Cloudflare.

  1. Go to http://cloudflare.com and click the Sign Up link. sign up for cloudflare
  2. Enter the domain name that you want to use for your brainstorm without "www".
  3. Click the Scan DNS Records button. scan DNS records
  4. Click the Continue button.
  5. After you've reviewed your DNS records, click Continue.
  6. Choose the Free plan, leave the other settings the same, and click Continue. free website cloudflare plan
  7. Copy the names of the two nameservers listed. copy nameservers from cloudflare
  8. Log into Google Domains.
  9. Find the custom domain you want to use with your brainstorm and click the DNS icon.
  10. On the domain settings page, click Advanced Settings.In the Name Servers section, click Use custom nameservers.
  11. In the Enter Name Server field, enter the nameservers you got from Cloudflare. Note that you cannot enter both of them at the same time, and each must be added individually.
  12. Click Save.

Creating CNAME Records

After you change your custom domain's nameservers, you'll have to create CNAME records that point your custom domain to your brainstorm . This also requires the use of Cloudflare.

  1. Log into your Cloudflare account.
  2. In the menu, click DNS
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  3. Change the record type to "CNAME".
  4. When setting up a custom domain, “www.” is not included in the URL. This is due to the “www.” domain and the custom domain being two separate entities. To use both domains, you'll have to create 2 CNAME records  — one that reflects your custom domain with "www", and one that reflects your custom domain without "www".
    • In the Name field, enter "www". In the Domain name field, enter your brainstorm domain (i.e. .brainstorm.co). Click Add Record. This will create CNAME record that reflects your custom domain with "www." included. 
    • In the Name field, enter your custom domain without "www" (i.e. brainstormtest.com), In the Domain name field, enter your brainstorm domain (i.e. .brainstorm.co). Click Add Record. This will create a CNAME record that reflects your custom domain without "www".

Making Your Custom Domain the Primary Domain

  1. Log into your brainstorm account.
  2. Select Site from the admin sidebar.
  3. Choose Domains from the submenu.
  4. Verify that the new domain names work by clicking the Check Domain button. If they work, you will see a Verified message next to your domain.

    CAUTION: Do not set your new domain as Primary in brainstorm until you know the transfer is complete. If you have set your new domain as the Primary too early, you will be unable to log into your .

  5. Next to the domain you would like to make your primary domain, click Make Primary.

(Optional) Using a Subdomain

For owners that already have their own website, and would like to use the same website to point to their brainstorm , you'll have to create a subdomain. A subdomain is a second website, with its own unique content. For example, if you already have a website at "popcorn.com", you could create a subdomain (i.e. .popcorn.com) that points to your brainstorm . To do so:

  1. In the Custom resource records section of the Google Domains DNS manager, use the dropdown menu to select CNAME.
  2. In the @ field, enter the name you would like to give to your subdomain.
  3. In the Domain name field, enter your brainstorm URL (i.e. .brainstorm.co)
  4. Click Add. 
  5. Log into your brainstorm account.
  6. Select Site from the admin sidebar.
  7. Choose Domains from the submenu.
  8. Click the New Domain button. 
  9. In the Domain Name text box, enter the url of the desired custom domain INCLUDING the subdomain you just created.
  10. Click the Add Domain button and you will see your newly created domain added to the list of domains. 
  11. Verify that the new domain name works by clicking the Check Domain button. If your domain name works, you will see a Verified message next to your domain.

    CAUTION: Do not set your new domain as Primary in brainstorm until you know the transfer is complete. If you have set your new domain as the Primary too early, you will be unable to log into your .

  12. Click the Make Primary button next to your new domain. 

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