Use our services under your unique domain name (custom hostname). Changing your domain name allows you to make your bluemelon page part of your any-level domain you use.

To change your current bluemelon address, you have to go to "Customize" >> "Site Settings" >> "Domain". Under the blank hostname field, there is a short manual to remind you of the basic steps.


The process is similar for most domain registrars. As BlueMelon does not offer domains other than www.bluemelon.com/login and login.bluemelon.com, we can only enable your bluemelon account to work with the hosting service that provides you with this domain. Thus, most of the settings are set in the hosting service account itself.

1. CNAME setup. To access DNS management, you have to search usually under the Domain section of your account. The specifics for GoDaddy users are described at the bottom of this manual. Set up a CNAME record that points to domains.bluemelon.com. Note: you cannot point a single CNAME to two or more different sites; in a case, you already use the preferred Alias, you will have to create a new one.

2. BlueMelon setup. All you have to do after setting up the CNAME record is to return to your bluemelon "Customize" >> "Site Settings" >> "Domain" and fill the whole alias and the domain name into the hostname : field. All is set. If you want to use www.yourdomain.com instead of www.bluemelon.com/login or login.bluemelon.com than that is what you need to enter just as in the screenshot above.



GoDaddy specification

In your Account Manager go to the Domain you wish to update. In the Domain Details, there are six sections; at the very bottom of the DNS Manager, the Launch link is placed. Alternatively, you can choose the DNS Manager from the Tools menu.

 

CNAME setup. In the Zone File Editor you will be required either to edit an existing CNAME record or to create a new one. GoDaddy allows you to simply edit (add) the information in (to) the fields; as a Host name, choose the first part of the address that will lead to your bluemelon account. In the Points to field, input domains.bluemelon.com. Set up the TTL (Time-to-live) of the cached data.


In your BlueMelon "Customize" >> "Site Settings" >> "Domain", fill the whole alias and the domain name into the hostname: field. All is set.

In the picture above, you can see an example of the CNAME record table using photo.yourdomain.com as the hostname. Note: @ points directly to the domain name.

 

And www.yourdomain.com is the same address that is used in the BlueMelon "Customize" >> "Site Settings" >> "Domain" settings:



Notes


Please note that it usually takes about 24 to 48 hours for the changes to take effect.

DNS. The term DNS stands for the Domain Name System that controls the assigning of Domain Names to specific IP (Internet Protocol) resources. In other words, this system consists of rules that has to be followed in order to  connect to the right server (personal computer, service, etc.) when you type an address like www.bluemelon.com to your browser.

CNAME. The term CNAME stands for Cannonical Name, also called Alias. This is used to cover multiple services running on the same server (personal computer, etc.) and it is useful to simplify their management. A CNAME record can point anywhere, be it local or, in this case, our bluemelon server.



What can I do next? You can go through the customization articles to be sure that you have not missed anything.
To learn more about GoDaddy CNAME settings, visit their support about adding or editing CNAME records please.