Can I change online.flippingbook.com to my own domain?

Product: FlippingBook Online

Yes, it is possible to replace the online.flippingbook.com-part of your links with a subdomain of your own website, for example, brochures.mybrand.com. We call this feature Custom Domain. It is available in FlippingBook Online Advanced and Team Enterprise plans.

Such branded URLs look much more professional when you share them. It also increases trust when your clients find your publication on search engines. (According to bitly.com, a branded URL can increase click-through rates by up to 34%).

Want to learn more about Custom Domain?

 

How does a custom domain work?

Even though the links will show your domain, all your publications are still hosted on our cloud servers. You keep creating flipbooks in your FlippingBook Online account, just like you normally do. We just link your FlippingBook account to your domain, so when a viewer clicks your branded link, they see your publication. To achieve this, you will also have to make a small modification on your end. But this is just once, and all your publications, new and existing, will be available via your branded URL.

 

Can I add a custom domain to my trial account?

Yes, sure, please send a message to our sales team!

 

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

Normally, you share a link to a specific book, 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 (for example, an overview page where all your publications are embedded or linked), then we can redirect your visitors 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 multiple branded URLs?

Yes, this is possible in the FlippingBook Online Team Enterprise plan. If you are interested in using multiple branded URLs, please let us know. We will be happy to discuss the details with you.

In the FlippingBook Online Advanced plan, you can only have one branded URL. So, you could use either catalogs.mybrand.com or promotions.mybrand.com, but not both at the same time.

 

How will a custom domain work with Search Engines?

If you set up your publications to be indexed by search engines, then they will be indexed normally. When people search for them they will see the title that you gave with the link to your custom domain.

Here you see the results for one of our clients, with the top result showing a link to their own site, and the second result showing a link to their flipbook on their custom domain.

 

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

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

 

Is it possible to change my domain?

Yes, it is. But you should be aware that this will break all existing links. So if your catalog is on brochures.mybrand.com/view/354803 and you want to change that to catalogs.mybrand.com (or to brochures.mynewbrand.com), then people who visit the old link will get a ‘file not found’ error. But should the need arise (such as a company rebranding, for example), we will gladly help update your domain name.

If you set up your custom domain for the first time, then existing links will not break. So if you already shared links with online.flippingbook.com in them, then don't worry. Your clients will still be able to open those without errors.

 

I am concerned about security; how does this work exactly?

From a technical viewpoint, you will need to create a CNAME record in your DNS. A CNAME (canonical name ) is a type of DNS record that binds an alias to a valid domain name. 

So, suppose that you want to use catalogs.mybrand.com. Then the CNAME for ‘catalogs’ would have to be set to online.flippingbook.com. This has to be done in the DNS management of the server to which mybrand.com is delegated. 

We then obtain an SSL certificate for the full domain catalogs.mybrand.com. 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.

 

How do I configure the CNAME?

To set up the CNAME it’s probably best to contact the administrator of your website or your hosting provider for assistance. But the general way to create a CNAME record is outlined in the instructions below.

  • The record should be created on those servers to which the domain "yourdomain.tld" is delegated.
  • Open the DNS management page on the website of the company that provides you with DNS hosting services.
  • Create a CNAME record with the following field values ​​(field names may differ in different control panels):
    • Name — “catalog”.
    • In some control panels, the record name must specify the full name of the subdomain, such as "catalog.yourdomain.tld".
    • Value — “online.flippingbook.com.”. Note that you don't need to change the server name (don't replace "domain" with the name of your domain).
    • The dot at the end of the server name is required unless your control panel adds this dot by default.
  • Wait while the changes take effect in DNS. This process usually takes 24-48, but it could even take up to 72 hours.
 
The exact way of adding a CNAME record depends on your domain provider. Here are instructions from some popular domain providers:
 

If in doubt please ask your hosting provider for help.

How long does it take to activate or change my domain?

After we set up your custom domain it can take up to 24-48 hours to work. We can't do anything to speed that up, sorry. This is inherent to the way the internet is built. All over the internet, there are Domain Name Servers that store information about which domain name is connected to which server. These servers don't update their information instantly. Changes in DNS are pretty rare, so they cache such information. This is often for 24 hours, but sometimes longer.

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