How to Import Your Custom Domain Name

Introduction

Setting up a custom domain for your Clover Online is a fundamentally easy process. Be sure to allow yourself between 15 - 30 minutes to complete the process depending on how quickly you go.

If you do not already have your own domain, you'll need to buy one. We don't recommend one provider over another, but some of the more popular ones are GoDaddy, Google Domains and Bluehost. 

Let's Get Started

Before beginning, you will need to be logged into the following 3 accounts and have them open on 3 separate tabs;

  1. Clover Online Account.
  2. Domain Host Account (GoDaddy/Bluehost etc.)
  3. CloudFlare Account (Signup is free, you can sign up here - Cloudflare Sign Up)

Please ensure you are signed in to ALL accounts BEFORE starting. Ready? Great!

Let's start with your Clover Online Account.

Clover Online Account

1. Click "Review" on the Account Settings.

2. On "Site Configuration", click "Change", and select "Set a Custom Domain".

3. Enter your custom domain and save.

4. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and save.

5. You can now sign out of your Clover account. Next, let's move to the CloudFlare Account.

CloudFlare Account

1. Once you're signed up and logged in, click, "Add Site" toward the top of the page. 

2. Enter your domain name and click "Begin Scan".

 

3. After the scan is complete, click "Continue".

4. Click "Continue" again on the next page.

5. On the next screen, select "Free Website" for your CloudFlare plan, and select "Continue".

6. The next screen will provide you with 2 Nameservers, which you will use in your Domain Host Account.

7. At this point, we will pause on the CloudFlare instructions. Keep this tab OPEN, we will be using it again. Let's move to your Domain Host Account

Domain Host Account

  1. Next, you need to update your servers. Follow the CloudFlare instructions for your registrar (example: GoDaddy, Google Domains). 
  2. Make sure that you use the Nameservers provided by CLOUDFLARE, from step 7 of the CloudFlare instructions, when prompted to do so.
  3. Done? Great! You can now log out of your Domain Host Account and move back up to step number 8 of the CloudFlare instructions. Now we'll pick up with the CloudFlare instruction. Go back to your CloudFlare page. 

Cloudflare Instructions Continued

1. You can now click "Continue". This will bring you to a screen showing your domain as "pending".

2. At the top of this page, click the box that says "DNS".

3. Ok, now you'll need to delete any record of your top level (primary) website URL. Find your .com address and click the corresponding X on the right hand side to delete it. 

 

4. Next, add 2 CNAMEs from the drop down menu provided - there are a few steps to this.

  • In the drop down underneath the Cloudflare search bar, select CNAME .
  • Then, type "@" in the next field, and "mycloveronline.com" in the one after that.
  • Don't worry if the space provided for "mycloveronline.com" is really small - it is still being typed.
  • Leave the "Automatic TTL" option from the last dropdown, and finally, click "Add Record." 
  • Repeat the above process, except where you previously put "@", now put "www". It should look like this.

 

  • After clicking "Add Record", it should look like this.

 

5. Now we need to enable HTTPS for your site, which is key to website security.

  • Go to the two "CNAMEs" we just added.
  • Click both of the gray cloud icons, and they will turn orange, as seen below. 

 

6. Finally, let's ensure the communication to and from your site is secure and encrypted.

  • Click on the "Crypto" box at the top of your screen.
  • Make sure the drop down for "SSL" is selected as "Full".

 

7. If you would have more than one domain, (for example yourdomain.org, yourdomain.net etc.), and want them to redirect to yourdomain.com, please see the end of the article for next steps.

If not, CONGRATULATIONS! You have now successfully transferred your domain name to your Clover Online. The change can take up to 24 hours to come into effect. However, it is usually faster, and there will be no downtime for your website at all during the changeover.

Thank you for choosing Clover Online.

Enable Additional Domains for Your Site

  • Maybe you want yourdomain.org to redirect to yourdomain.com. To do so, do the following;

1. Repeat the steps from this article. Note: You do NOT need to do anything with the Clover Online account this time. 

2. Then, click the "Page Rules" icon from the top of your Cloudflare page.

3. Underneath "Add New Rule," add the alternative domain. 

 

4. Underneath, where it says "Forwarding," scroll to the right and click the switch to "on."

 

 

5. Then forward to https://yourdomain.com/$1

 

6. Repeat these steps, but this time when adding a new rule, put in www.yourdomain.com. 

7. Repeat the instructions for as many aliases and domains you'd like to point to your Clover Online. 

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