Mapping your Domain to Placester [Classic]

Katherine Ramirez Updated by Katherine Ramirez

This article will show you how to Map your Domain to Placester.

Mapping is the process of replacing your existing Placester domain with a custom one you have purchased from a third party provider.  Placester always recommends that you map your domain rather than forward it.  To find out more about the difference between mapping and forwarding click here. 

In order to take care of mapping your domain to your Placester site, you will need to change both your A-Record (IP address) and CNAME (hosting platform) to Placester specific settings.  The article on this page will walk you through this process.  If you run into any trouble, we recommend speaking with directly as it is their product.  You can reach them through their online support center here.  

Having map your Domain

If you are going to have GoDaddy take care of Domain Mapping for you.  You will want to provide them with the following settings for pointing your site to Placester.

1. Forwarding: OFF

2. Nameservers: Set to DEFAULT

3. A-Record:

4. CNAME:   

After this is done move down to the bottom of the document and follow the instructions for your Placester site.

Mapping your domain on your own

Click Login in the top right to get logged in. If you can't remember your password, click Forgot Your Password? 

If you're having trouble logging in, visit's support page, contact them at 1.720.249.2374, or create a support ticket.

My Domains

Once logged in, you'll see the member home page. Under My Domains, there is a list of domains. Click on your domain name to edit it.


Within the Domain Details, first, make sure that the nameservers are set to the default settings. This will look like:

If your nameservers look like this, you can move to the DNS Records section.

If they look different, you'll have to update them. If you were previously using a different website provider with the same domain, they might have mapped your domain to that website using nameservers. If you didn't set up an email address through that website provider, click "Edit Nameservers."

Within the nameserver settings, click Use Default Nameservers.

If you had email set up through your previous website provider, resetting the nameservers might interrupt your email service. If that is the case, please get in touch with your email provider to determine how to move forward with the default nameservers and mapping your email through MX records rather than nameservers. They should be able to help you with this. 

Update DNS Records

On the Domain Details screen, click Update DNS Records.

Two records need to be added within the All Host Records section. 

Step 1: Change the A-Record

  • Type: A
  • Host:
  • Answer:
  • TTL: 300

Step 2: Change the CNAME 

  • Type: CNAME
  • Host:
  • Answer:
  • TTL: 300

The settings should look like this:

Click Save Changes when this is complete.

This is all that needs to be done within When the changes are complete, log into to complete the final step.

Dashboard>Manage Domain

On your dashboard, click on the three vertical dots and select Custom Domain. This will bring you to the Custom Domain slide out.

This will bring you to the Custom Domain slide out.

Custom Domain Slide Out

Within the custom domain slide out, add the custom domain that you're looking to use. Use only lowercase letters, and be sure to include “www” when adding in your URL. Example:

Add Domain, then click Save. Support

If you're having trouble making these changes, visit's support page, or them at 1.720.235.0091.


If you've made all of these changes and are finding that your site still isn't loading, here are some potential causes: 

1. Caching: You have a cached copy of the site on your browser. Try clearing your cache, using a new browser or testing the site on a mobile device.

2. Propagation: DNS adjustments take longer to propagate with certain domain registrars. We like to test and make sure everything has propagated using

3. Errors in Site Settings > Custom Domain: make sure that you included the www before the custom domain and you didn't use any capital letters. Otherwise, the site will not load.

Pro Tip: DNS Tools

Here are some DNS tools that we recommend: 

- Use to find out where a domain is registered and the status of a domain
- Use to check the current DNS records of a domain

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