By Kelsey Johnson August 30, 2021
A custom domain makes your landing pages professional. Buy one now from your AWeber account.
Setting up a landing page is one of the fastest ways to create a web presence. All you have to do is pick a pre-designed template, then add your logo, business details, and contact information. Click publish and your page is live!
But the URL of your page will look like this:
It’s not the most shareable or professional link to use for your business.
But there’s good news: You can now buy a custom domain — like examplebusiness.com — directly from your AWeber dashboard! Then, the domain will be immediately available for you to use on one or all of your landing pages.
Do you already own a domain through IONOS, GoDaddy, or Google Domains? Connect it in seconds and set up your landing page on your domain or a subdomain. (If your domain is on another provider, you can still set this up, it just takes a little longer.)
But first, what is a domain?
A domain, sometimes called a domain name, is the text you type into a browser to access a website. For example, google.com, yahoo.com, mcdonalds.com. Although the actual address of these websites is technical, you can use the easy-to-remember domain to access the websites.
It’s very easy for you to set up a custom domain for your website or landing page, too! They are generally quite affordable and can be bought through a “domain registrar” like IONOS, GoDaddy, or Google Domains.
Now, you can actually buy using Google Domains directly inside your AWeber account, and connect it to your landing page in about 30 seconds.
Why should I buy a domain for my business?
A lot of marketing is about branding. The name of your business carries the reputation you’ve built for it — professional, friendly, dependable, or more subtle details, specific to you.
Just like having your name on the front door (if you have one), your business cards, and in your email signature, you should have an easy-to-remember domain that represents your brand, too.
Buying and connecting domains to your website has become easier and easier to do. The fact that you can now buy one directly from AWeber proves that! There’s no downside to getting one set up.
How to buy a domain through AWeber
1. Sign into your account and click on your name in the lower left corner, then “My Account” and “Domains and Addresses.”
2. You’ll see an option to add your domain or buy one from Google Domains:
3. Click on “Get one now from Google Domains” and you’ll be redirected to a page where you can choose a domain.
Note: I recommend something simple that includes your business name and nothing else. For example, if I had a coffee shop called Coffee Under the Trees, I’d search for coffeeunderthetrees.com. Google Domains will give you some domain insights, too.
4. When you find a domain you like, click Buy. As you can see, most domains will be around $12 a year. Go through the purchase process and you’ll be redirected back to your AWeber dashboard with the domain already connected!
Now we need to attach your connected domain to your landing page.
5. Navigate to the landing page you want to connect this domain to. Click on Settings for the page and then Landing Page URL. You’ll see an option for Custom Domain, with the domain you connected available. Choose it, publish the page, and your landing page is ready to be a website.
How to connect my existing domain in 30 seconds
If you originally bought your domain with IONOS, GoDaddy, or Google Domains registrars, you can connect your domain really easily within AWeber, using our domain connect feature.
Instead of clicking to purchase a new domain, add yours in the field below Add a New Domain:
You’ll see a page that confirms you’d like to connect your domain:
Click Connect Automatically with GoDaddy (or IONOS or Google Domains) to connect your domain. Sign into your registrar’s account, and then click Connect again.
You’ll briefly see a success page, then you’ll be directed back to your AWeber account. It’ll take a couple of hours for the domain to process (which is the case on any platform) and then your domain will be ready to go!
What if I have a domain that’s not through IONOS, GoDaddy, or Google Domains?
We plan to add more domain registrars in the future. For now you can connect your domain the “good old fashioned way.”
Check out this article that explains how to configure your custom domain for landing pages. And hey, while you’re adding DNS records, set up DKIM and SPF records for your domain, too.
Buy a domain today
Whether you’re looking to start up a web presence or create a new site for your side hustle or project, you can do so easily. Set up your domain in AWeber today or get started with a free account.