There are two ways to purchase a domain name for your website:

  1. Purchase your domain name directly from your Kademi account
  2. Purchase your domain name through a 3rd party like GoDaddy.com or Namecheap.com

If you purchase your domain name externally, you will need to point your nameservers to your Kademi account.

 

Purchasing a domain name

This video will quickly step you through purchasing a domain name using the provider Namecheap.com.

If you have already purchased a domain name, skip to pointing your nameservers.

 

 

Pointing your nameservers

Once you have purchased your domain name, the next step is to tell your domain name where to find your website, so when someone types your domain name in the URL of their web browser, the web browser is able to find your website which sits on a server somewhere in the world and display it.

In the case of Kademi, we use the hosting provider Amazon Web Services, one of the most recognized and trusted hosting companies in the world.

Amazon have a number of Nameservers that converts a domain name, such as “www.example.com,” to a machine-readable IP address, such as “22.231.113.64.”

In this video we will show you how to connect your domain name to Amazons Nameservers.

Once you have completed the steps in the video, it can take anything from a few minutes to a few hours until the cloudfront status updates as deployed and your website can be viewed using your domain name.

 

 

Setting up SSL

SSL stands for standard security technology which establishes an encrypted link between a web server (where you website resides) and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browser remains private and integral.

The following video takes you through the simple steps to setup SSL.

You can request your SSL certificate before CloudFront is deployed. Your custom domain will only be accessible if you have a valid SSL certificate in use.

 

 

Configuring your email

In this final step we will show you how to give Kademi permission to send emails from your domain name.

If you do not complete the following steps, when you send an email from your Kademi account, it is highly likely that the recipients email server will bounce your email.

There are two types of records that we cover:

SPF record

Sender Policy Framework is an email authentication method designed to detect forging sender addresses during the delivery of the email. SPF alone, though, is limited only to detect a forged sender claimed in the envelope of the email which is used when the mail gets bounced.

DKIM record

(DomainKeys Identified Mail) is a method to validate the authenticity of email messages. When each email is sent, it is signed using a private key and then validated on the receiving mail server (or ISP) using a public key that is in DNS.

Note once you have setup a DKIM record, it might take time before it returns as working when you test it. Before you send out any emails to real users, be sure to ensure both the SPF and DKIM are working.