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Configure a custom server domain

To use a custom domain with a server started through the Bitnami Cloud Hosting dashboard, follow these steps:

Step 1: Configure a static IP address for your cloud server

Follow these instructions.

Step 2: Configure the domain in your DNS provider

The next step is to update your domain’s DNS settings, specifically by adding an A record that points to the static IP address of your cloud server.

This change can only be accomplished through your domain name provider; it cannot be made through the Bitnami Cloud Hosting dashboard. You will therefore need to log in to your domain name provider’s management console and make the necessary changes. Step-by-step instructions for some popular providers are listed below:

Remember that once you make the necessary changes, it can take up to 48 hours for the change to propagate across other DNS servers. You can verify the new DNS record by using the Global DNS Propagation Checker and entering your domain name into the search field.

Step 3: Assign a custom domain to the server

Assign a custom domain as the main server domain following the steps below:

  • Browse to the Bitnami Cloud Hosting dashboard and sign in if required using your Bitnami account.

  • Select the “Servers” menu item.

  • Select your cloud server from the resulting list.

  • Click the “Manage” button.

  • On the resulting page, navigate to the “Properties” tab in the lower panel and click the pencil icon that appears next to the “Public DNS” field.

    Server domain configuration

TIP: You can also perform this action from the “Applications” tab in the lower panel by clciking the the pencil icon that appears next to the “Application” field.

  • In the resulting dialog, click the “Add Custom Domain” link.

    Server domain configuration

  • Specify the custom domain name and click “Ok”.

    Server domain configuration

NOTE: If you change the main server domain name (for example, from demo-server.bitnamiapp.com to demo-server-123.bitnamiapp.com, then the application domain configured using “Prefix” and “Subdomain” strategies will also be updated. Refer to this section for more information.