• Custom Domain in FlippingBook Online

With FlippingBook Online, you can create wonderful publications that totally reflect your brand image. But even if you remove every mention of FlippingBook from your publication, branding won’t be complete as long as the publication URL says online.flippingbook instead of your brand’s name.

The standard FlippingBook link may also confuse people who use search engines to look for your online documents. According to bitly.com, people tend to find branded links much more trustworthy — so much so that a branded URL can increase click-through rates by up to 34%.

To achieve results like that for your FlippingBook publications and to complete your branding, use the Custom Domain feature, available as an add-on in FlippingBook Online Advanced and Team plans.

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Does using a branded URL mean that I will host publications on my own server now?

No, all your publications are still hosted on our cloud servers and you still create new publications in your FlippingBook Online account, just like you normally do. But we link your account to your domain, so when a viewer clicks your branded link, they see your publication.

 

What happens to my existing links on online.flippingbook.com?

Your existing links will keep working. For example, let's assume that you have created a catalog. The link for this catalog currently is https://online.flippingbook.com/view/54012. Now you set up your custom domain to https://catalogs.yoursite.com/. After that, both https://online.flippingbook.com/view/54012 and https://catalogs.yoursite.com/view/54012 will open your catalog. So there is no reason to worry that readers with whom you have shared in the past will suddenly be faced with broken links

 

What if a visitor goes straight to catalogs.mybrand.com, instead of opening the full link to a publication?

Normally, you share a link to a specific publication, like catalogs.mybrand.com/view/354803. A user clicks the link and the publication opens. But should a visitor remove the /view/354803 part from the URL, they will just be redirected to your website. For example, if your subdomain is catalogs.mybrand.com and a visitor tries to open it, they will be redirected to mybrand.com.

 

Can catalogs.mybrand.com become a starting page with all my publications on it?

Not by default, but if you create a custom starting page where all your publications are embedded or linked, we can redirect viewers to that page instead of the main page of your website. For example, if you have a page on your website called www.mybrand.com/marketing/catalogs/index.html with all the links to your catalogs, we can show that page to a user when they open catalogs.mybrand.com.

 

Can I create a custom link for each publication? Say, not catalogs.mybrand.com/view/354803 but catalogs.mybrand.com/summer2018?

This option is not available yet but it might be in the future. If you are interested, please let us know. The more requests we get, the more likely it is that we’ll add this feature!

 

What happens when my FlippingBook Online subscription expires?

All your publications go offline, links stop working. As soon as the subscription is resumed, everything goes back online.

 

Is it possible to get my domain back later? What do I do?

If at some point you decide that you don’t want to use your branded URL for FlippingBook publications anymore, just notify us and we’ll unlink your publications and the custom domain. Your network administrator will have to make a small change on your site, too: we’ll send the instructions.

 

Can I create multiple branded URLs?

You can only have one branded URL per FlippingBook Online account. So, you could use either catalogs.mybrand.com or promotions.mybrand.com, but not both at the same time. If you are interested in using multiple branded URLs, please let us know. The more requests we get, the more likely it is that we’ll add this feature!

 

Can I still use GA for my publication with a branded URL?

Yes, you can use Google Analytics for your publications with a branded URL. Just add your UA number in your FlippingBook Online account and you can find all the information about all your publications in your GA account.

Apart from Google Analytics, we also track the number of views and visitors, and user interaction with your publications. You can see all of these in the Stats section of your publication in your FlippingBook Online account. There, you can quickly check how your content performs. Everything needed to make this work happens on our servers. Nothing will be visible in the code itself. We don't insert any other Google Analytics, Facebook Pixels, etc.

 

Will my publications be indexed?

They will be if you want them to. Usually, they get indexed very fast, as we designed them with SEO in mind. However, this feature is turned off by default. To enable it, follow the instruction in this Help Center article.

 

Can I use a special domain like https://mybrandcatalogs.com/view/54012/ and omit the subdomain?

No, sorry, we only support domains that look like catalogs.mybrand.com or similar.

 

I am concerned about security issues; can you please explain how things work?

From a technical viewpoint, you will need to create a CNAME in your DNS. So, if you want to use catalogs.mybrand.com then the CNAME for catalogs would have to be set to online.flippingbook.com. We then obtain an SSL certificate for the full domain. After you change the CNAME, you lose active control over the content published under catalogs.mybrand.com. We guarantee that we won’t publish any other content there or change your content in any way. Only your publications will be stored there, exactly the way you designed them. No third-party content, no ads, no pop-ups, nothing.

 

Can I use my own certificate?

Yes, if you provide us with your own SSL certificate, we’ll use it.

 

Is it possible to change my domain?

Yes, it is. But, please, note that we can’t change a domain name more often than once in 6 months and more than 3 times overall. Of course, should the need arise (such as a company rebranding, for example), we will gladly help update your domain name.

 

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