hey everybody Karen again with Big Cartel support I am back today I'm gonna walk you through setting up a custom domain through Hostgator to use a custom domain for your Big Cartel store you'll need to create a cname record and a 301 redirect in your Hostgator account so we will do that now I'm logged into my Hostgator account and looking at my home page next up I need to click launch cPanel over here under control panel and when this page loads I need to scroll down and find the domains section there we go there we go domains and now I need to click advanced the zone editor all right now I'm being prompted to select a domain that's because I have more than one if you've only got one domain you're automatically going to see your zone file records load but I need to choose mine all the donuts now I need to scroll down and I need to find the default cname that's automatically been set up by Hostgator it's this first one here wwl the donut store yours is obviously gonna be different but make sure you're editing the one with WW in front I will click Edit over here now the first three fields the name TTL and type all can be left alone but I do need to change the cname field now I need my stores full Big Cartel com URL here so I want to point this custom domain to my store at 4 Big Cartel com so that's the URL I will put in this field and you'll put your own stores Big Cartel com URL here click Edit record and I'm done I can see my cname record right here ww2 for Big Cartel calm now I need to set up my redirect so I'll click back and on the cPanel I need to scroll back down to domains and instead of need to click redirects here alright in the type field I need permanent 301 so I'm good there if it's not the default for you just be sure to choose it from the drop down in the HTTPS field I need my custom domain without the www if it's not automatically there just choose it from the drop down all the donuts and in the redirects to field I need full custom domain with WW in front and HTTP if it's not there you're gonna get an error here we go and before I click Add do not redirect ww make sure you click that and I'm done I've done everything I need to do in my hostgator accounts so my last step is to add the custom domain to my Big Cartel admin so I will hop over there and I'm here on the account page I need to click Edit your shop info add a custom domain click Add domain and just type it right in make sure www is in front click Save and done I can see my custom domain right here with this little yellow padlock next to it if I hover over that padlock I can see it just means that the system is generating an SSL certificate for my custom domain when that's finished that padlock will turn green but otherwise I've done everything I need to do I'm good to go that's how you use a Hostgator domain for your Big Cartel store if you have any questions at all please feel free to reach out to us at support at Big Cartel com or you can send us a message if you're logged into the admin just click the little speech bubble there at the bottom right you can message us that way I hope that helped thanks for watching .
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