You can set up your PhotoDeck website under the URL (domain name) of your choice. For example,
archive.alexsmithphotography.com. When properly set up, your whole website will be under your custom domain, and the photodeck.com domain will not appear at all.
No domain transfer is usually required. You will merely point your existing DNS configuration to PhotoDeck servers for your website.
Since PhotoDeck does normally not have access to the configuration for your domain, you need to configure it with the company that manages your domain (e.g. GoDaddy, Moniker, Network Solutions, etc...). It is usually the same company you have purchased the domain from.
If you don't own a domain name yet, purchase one from an independent provider. We recommend ovh.com. GoDaddy is also a popular alternative.
If you already own a domain purchased from the same company that provided your previous website, you must transfer your domain to a neutral domain name provider. We recommend ovh.com. (PhotoDeck does not offer domain hosting, and we consider it a better practice to host your domain separately from your website).
When your domain is under your account with a neutral domain name provider, you're good to go!
PhotoDeck does not provide email services. If you wish to use email with your domain, the company that hosts your domain name is likely to offer such service.
This first step allows a visitor's browser to find out where on the Internet your website is: on PhotoDeck servers.
www" for "www.alexsmithphotography.com". The record must be of type "CNAME" (if the record already exists but is of type "A", you might need to delete it first).
sites.photodeck.com". (Some DNS hosts require you to add a dot, i.e.
NOTE: Do not redirect directly to your own personal PhotoDeck URL - it won't work properly !!!
First step is complete. It might take a few hours to be effective. Once your URL points to PhotoDeck servers, you will see the front page of your website, or alternatively a PhotoDeck "website not found" error page. In both cases, proceed to step 2 to properly link the URL to your own website.
Q: What is your server's IP address?
A: You shouldn't need it, unless your domain host does not offer the basic options we recommend using (in which case changing host might be a good idea). Our primary IP addresses might change at any time without notice -- that is why it is important that you stay as close as possible to our recommendations.
If you really don't have a choice, you can find the current IP addresses for
sites.photodeck.com here, for example.
For further help with this step, please contact the support of the company that manages your DNS.
When Step 1 is complete, your URL will redirect to PhotoDeck, but it will not yet work properly with your website.
This second step is to tell PhotoDeck what your website custom URL is, so that when a visitor's browser comes to our servers asking for your website, the system knows that it is your website that is being requested.
This applies only if you have links in custom pages, for example, if you have build a custom splash page with an ENTER link.
Links on custom pages are created manually, and therefore not automatically updated. If you have created custom pages, make sure the links work, and update them if necessary.