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Setting up a custom domain name
Setting up a custom domain name
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Written by Kevin McGrath
Updated over a week ago

What Is A Custom Domain?

Whenever you publish a Smart PDF with Beacon, our website address is included in the URL. It looks like this:

This is the default setting but it might confuse some of your readers. They'll probably see that and think "Huh? What's a Beacon?! I don't know these guys!"

Don't worry, we won't get offended but it's probably a good idea for you to clear up any confusion sooner rather than later so you don't risk the trust of your audience.

Thankfully you can do that with our custom domain feature. Once you set that up you can use your own web address. It would look something like this:

If you are on either the Beacon Professional Plan or Agency Plan you can make the web versions of your lead magnets available at a domain name of your choosing.

Configuring Your Custom Domain

In order to configure this setting you must first access your domain registrar account and add a CNAME record. Here's how to do it:

1. Sign in to your domain registrar account (e.g. etc).

2. Find the page for editing your domain's DNS records. The page might be called something like DNS Management, Name Server Management, or Advanced Settings.

3. Add a CNAME record for your custom domain. Here is an example for an imaginary domain called
Record Type: CNAME
Name/Host/Alias: ebooks

4. Save and wait for the new record to take effect, which can take up to 72 hours to propagate across the whole internet.

Your Custom Domain will now be:

* Note: For CloudFlare users

Ensure that you have set proxy status to DNS only

* End of Note: For CloudFlare users

Next you must add this custom domain to your Beacon account. You can do this by visiting the Custom Domain Section of the settings page:

Next, click this button to add a new custom domain:

Add the custom domain that you set up earlier:

If you have a favicon for your custom domain you can link it also.

When you're finished click the 'add custom domain' button:

Finally, click save. It may take up to 72 hours for the changes to take full effect.

Please note you will still access your Beacon account via the main login panel at

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