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How to use a custom domain

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dotcomboom

In case you've worked with repl.it before, you may have noticed that you are given a decently long subdomain for your project, like the following:
my-little-blog--dotcomboom.repl.co

You may have wanted to change that into a shorter, more memorable domain name, like this: mylittleblog.cf

Let's see how.

Getting your domain

This section will cover registering a domain name with Freenom. If you already have a domain, skip this part.

A word on Freenom

You don't own it

Freenom hands a selection of domain names out like free candy. If you've heard of dot.tk, it's these guys. In this tutorial I'll walk you through them, but I'd also like to point out that by registering a domain name with Freenom, you are still not entitled to it. It's perfectly valid and legal for them to all of a sudden deactivate your domain and use it to make money with ads, without notification. This is just a fair warning, some people have had domains from Freenom for a long time without any issues, but anything can happen. In short, nothing could be actually free. You are borrowing Freenom's domains for your purposes, and don't own them like you would from another registrar.

HTTPS

If you use Freenom, you won't be able to use HTTPS. You need to use "http://" before your domain instead. You will still be able to use your repl.co domain name if you need to use HTTPS, so make note of that. As https://repl.it/@turbio pointed out, HTTPS does work with a Freenom domain! You just need to wait a little bit of time for it to get set up. As for "mission critical" applications, like, say, Uptime Robot or something like that, you will probably want to use your repl.co domain.

Registering the domain

You will want to make or log into a Freenom account first. Then, you will be brought to the Client Area. Once you're signed in, you will find "Register a New Domain" under the Services menu.

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This will bring you to Freenom's domain search. Type in the name you want. In this example, I searched for "mylittleblog". It will give you a list of what domains they have available.

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Choose the one you want, then scroll down to the bottom and choose "Checkout". Don't touch the section in the middle, we'll cover that later. Choose the period you'll be using the domain, which is from 3 months to 12 months. (If memory serves, when you're going close to the due date, you are offered the opportunity to renew.)

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Check the box to agree to the Terms and Conditions (reading them is a good idea too) and complete the order. Then, go back to your client area.

Attaching to repl.it

Repl.it setup

Go to your repl and click on the pencil icon next to the address in the preview pane.

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Type in your domain name and if the domain is registered correctly, it will prompt you to add a CNAME record to your domain:

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Copy where the record should point to, then go to your client area at your registrar (in my case, Freenom).

Registrar setup

From My Domains, go to the management page for the domain you chose. From Management Tools, choose Nameservers. Make sure it is checked to use default nameservers.

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Then, find the area where you can add records; for Freenom, it is "Manage Freenom DNS". In the Name textbox, enter your domain name, nothing more, nothing less. Change the type to CNAME. Then, set the target to what repl.it asked you. Then, choose Save Changes.

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Finish

Now go back to your repl. Repl.it now should have noticed that your domain is set up correctly and now lets you click on the Link button.

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You're done! Your domain should now be attached to your repl.

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Scoder12

I was having the issue of where its saying "CNAME records should have a name set! " but I just used www for the name and it worked as long as I put www.mydomain.tld in repl instead of just mydomain.tld

EDIT: I would honestly recommend using the free service cloudflare as DNS as it has a bunch of cool features in addition to supporting @ signs in their DNS. All you have to do is uenter the custom nameservers they provide in freenom.

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ayuubOmer

@Scoder12
Thanks that really helped me!

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PowerCoder

@Scoder12
Thanks!

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AgastyaSandhuja

@Scoder12
If you want your domain to be the cname, just put an @ sign as the name. If you want a subdomain, put the subdomain name. It helps too.

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Scoder12

@AgastyaSandhuja
thats exactly the error I get when I put that lol. Freenom dns is so bad just use cloudflare

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AgastyaSandhuja

@Scoder12
worked for me :/ maybe freenom is different.

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Scoder12

@AgastyaSandhuja
maybe they changed it since then but many people including me have gotten that same error when following the tutorial (judging by the other comments mentioning it and the amount of upvotes on my comments). Thanks for trying to help =)

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LuukWalstra

@Scoder12

In Freenom you can't use the @ anymore as CNAME name. To use the website with a non-www domain, you have to use an A-record. To use it you have to get the IP Address of your website. Follow the next steps to do it.

  1. Open the command prompt (Windows) and type 'nslookup '[PUT HERE THE CNAME LINK FROM REPL.IT].
  2. You will see the next thing:
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    Under 'Non-authoritative answer:' You will see an IP Address.
  3. Make a new A-Record in the DNS managemant. Leave the name blank and set the target to the IP Address what you see in the Command Prompt. This is what you should have:
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  4. Save it and link the domain WITHOUT www.
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Scoder12

@LuukWalstra
that is a bad solution as repl.it's IP could change at any time. It is better to use cloudflare for this.

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LuukWalstra

@Scoder12
They bought that ip address via Google. All codes from every website is in the Google Cloud so if they change there ip, everybody will lose there repls. So they won't change it.

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Scoder12

@LuukWalstra
technically true but I'm pretty sure repl.it checks for a CNAME and won't link unless the record is a CNAME, not an A. Using cloudflare takes like 2 extra minutes and gives you automatic TTL, which I'd say is worth it.

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LuukWalstra

@Scoder12
The A record worked for me: https://wtalfa.ga

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Blankjp

@Scoder12

Screenshot 2020-12-18 at 01.13.26


is this correct or am I doing something wrong(its at cloudflare)

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Scoder12

@Blankjp
you need to click the orange cloud to turn off proxying.

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Blankjp

@Scoder12
acually even before I connect to replit, cloudflare and freenom aren't connected.
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I've changed the nameservers and already waited half a day.But still it won't connect.

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Scoder12

@Blankjp
Thats weird. Can you send a screenshot of the nameservers screen on freenom?

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SushantShah

@Scoder12
True I too Use Cloudflare Because '@' Wildcard is allowed at root domain and I Am Also Using improveMX For Email... Remember I am No Representative but its a free(somewhat) and cool tool

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Scoder12

@SushantShah
yes I use improvMX too, it's great

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GreenThatGender

@Scoder12
i have the same issue, the name servers wont change
annoying

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AarushTahiliani

@GreenThatGender
hey on my repl there is no pencil icon how do i link it with cloudfare or freenom

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PyCoder01

@LuukWalstra
The A record worked. But it can only work on one record. so no www. So I'm not doing it

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DillonB07

@Scoder12
Thank you!
That really helped me!

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4515384697

@Scoder12
freenom's dns is broken so until they fix it we have to want.

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TNJS

By subdomainn, do you mean like 'images'[email protected]

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cGIfl300

@Scoder12
Yes, you CANNOT use a CNAME on a toplevel.tld, this must be a A record, for any subdomain such as www. or whatever.toplevel.tld you can use a CNAME.

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randomguycoder

@Scoder12
The thing is that I think it's paid so if you're just doing a test website then use freenom but if you're making a professional website then use Cloudflare.

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RockGamerAK

"hey on my repl there is no pencil icon how do i link it with cloudfare or freenom"

@AarushTahiliani
are you not the owner of the repl

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timmy_i_chen

Thanks for writing this up! Solid!

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LeoXu2

How do i do a subdomain?

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SKGokulbarath

@LeoXu2

Any way ?

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LeoXu2

@SKGokulbarath
i think you just put in subodmain.domain.com as the domain for both freenom and replit

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BulletOtaku

Hey, I'm using Cloudflare DNS, and I added an unproxied CNAME record. The windows says 'You're All Set!', but when I press link the button just stays buffering. Any idea what to do - do I just wait?

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freddyamarsden

How long does it take to link? Its not really working

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RastGame

Help please Error occured: CNAME records should have a name set!

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Scoder12

I would really advise against using freenom's built-in DNS and using a provider such as cloudflare instead. Aside from cloudflare many additional features (many of which are less useful on repl.it but still really good) it allows you to change the DNS root values unlike freenom and allows you to specify an automatic TTL. Just make a clouflare account, put in your freenom domain, log into freenom, and change your nameservers to the ones clouflare provides for you. I fully recommend it to anyone trying this.

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dotcomboom

@Scoder12
Will definitely give this a shot sometime! If I could pin this, I would, since that'd solve the issue with needing to use a subdomain for the CNAME record.

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AgastyaSandhuja

@Scoder12
would my DNS records from before save? I'm trying to consider it.

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Scoder12

@AgastyaSandhuja
yes it transfers all of your old records. Quite painless just takes a few mins to set up.

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AgastyaSandhuja

@Scoder12
thanks!

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4515384697

@Scoder12
freenom's dns is broken so until they fix it we have to want.

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Scoder12

@Dheeraj2008
trust me they never will

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Scoder12

@Dheeraj2008
because why would they? CNAME flattening would take engineering hours with no added benefits for them

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MatthewDoan1

ok dotcomboomer

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IchBinTimmy

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I don't have the pencil icon. Can some one help me?

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AarushTahiliani

@IchBinTimmy
BRO SAME WTF

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KadenBlox

@IchBinTimmy
I think it needs to be a HTML, CSS and JavaScript project for it to work. Not 100% though.

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nbbcsf

@KadenBlox
if you make a server you could also do the same thing.
@IchBinTimmy
try turning off your adblocker.

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htmlhero

@nbbcsf
ohh my gosh thank you

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Coder100

The REPL doesn't connect for some reason :(

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Tricksyz

@Coder100
what do you mean it doesn't connect? Does the repl not load even with the default URL? Is it not detecting the CNAME record?

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Coder100

@Tricksyz
It's not detecting the CNAME record :(
Sometimes it does work, but I think I got the REPL wrong: http://cma-chat.cf/

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Tricksyz

@Coder100
Since CNAME doesn't support root domains, you will have to change the name in Freenom to www. Then, when you're linking the domain on repl.it, type in www.cma-chat.cf. It should work then.

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Coder100

@Tricksyz
ok. Thanks!

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CoolCoderSJ

@Tricksyz
I saw this way too late, but yeah this should be mentioned somewhere

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PikachuB2005

@Coder100
asked for help?!?