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How to use my own domain with FileMaker Server?

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How to use my own domain with FileMaker Server?

When you deploy a fmcloud.fm server, a subdomain of fmcloud.fm will be assigned to it (you can choose it during the configuration process, whether you’re using our chatbot or our web form. 

It means that your server can be reached at my-preferred-subdomain.fmcloud.fm

Of course, the fmcloud.fm domain is secured and all communications with your server are encrypted (SSL/TLS), thanks to  your server configuration with the appropriate SSL certificate.

But you might also want to use your server under you own domain. Actually, this looks really nice and costs… zero!

Say your domain, that you probably use for your website and email already is ‘my-domain.com’. Wouldn’t it be nice if your FileMaker / Claris server was available at ‘my-subdomain.my-domain.com’?

To do this, you need 2 things:

  • tell us the desired full address of your server (‘my-subdomain.my-domain.com’)
  • configure your domain by adding a CNAME record (examples below)

We take care of everything else for free, including the SSL certificate, which some competitors would charge up to $100/year.

To configure a CNAME record

  • your domain = my-domain.com
  • your subdomain = my-subdomain
  • your fmcloud.fm server address = my-server.fmcloud.fm

 

GoDaddy

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To create a CNAME record for the subdomain “my-subdomain.my-domain.com” that points to “my-server.fmcloud.fm” on GoDaddy, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your GoDaddy account and navigate to the “Domains” section.
  2. Select the domain “my-domain.com” that you want to create the CNAME record for.
  3. Scroll down to the “Additional Settings” section and click on the “Manage DNS” button.
  4. In the DNS management page, scroll down to the “Records” section.
  5. Click on the “Add” button and select “CNAME” from the dropdown menu.
  6. In the “Host” field, enter the subdomain “my-subdomain” that you want to create the CNAME record for.
  7. In the “Points to” field, enter the destination URL “my-server.fmcloud.fm” that you want the subdomain to point to.
  8. Click on the “Save” button to create the CNAME record.

It may take some time for the CNAME record to propagate and take effect. You can check the status of the record by using a DNS lookup tool such as dig or nslookup.

OVH

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To create a CNAME record for a subdomain at OVH, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to the OVH Control Panel and navigate to the “Dedicated” section.
  2. Click on the name of the server that you want to create the CNAME record for.
  3. In the server management page, click on the “DNS Zone” tab.
  4. In the DNS zone management page, click on the “Add an entry” button.
  5. From the “Type” dropdown menu, select “CNAME”.
  6. In the “Subdomain” field, enter the subdomain that you want to create the CNAME record for (e.g. “my-subdomain”).
  7. In the “Value” field, enter the destination URL that you want the subdomain to point to (e.g. “my-server.fmcloud.fm”).
  8. Click on the “Add this entry” button to create the CNAME record.

It may take some time for the CNAME record to propagate and take effect. You can check the status of the record by using a DNS lookup tool such as dig or nslookup.

Bluehost

To create a CNAME record at Bluehost to point your subdomain “my-subdomain” to the target “my-server.fmcloud.fm”, follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your Bluehost account.
  2. Go to the Domains section and click on the “Zone Editor” link.
  3. Select the domain that you want to create the CNAME record for from the drop-down menu.
  4. In the “Add a Record” section, select “CNAME” from the drop-down menu for the Type.
  5. In the “Name” field, enter the subdomain that you want to create the CNAME record for (e.g. “my-subdomain”).
  6. In the “CNAME” field, enter the target domain or subdomain (e.g. “my-server.fmcloud.fm”).
  7. Click the “Add a Record” button to create the CNAME record.

Note: It may take some time for the CNAME record to take effect, as DNS changes can take up to 24-48 hours to propagate.

Are you using another domain hosting provider? Say “configure domain” to our chatbot on the right. It will find the procedure for you.

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