Note: This is for the advanced configuration of our Custom Domain support. The recommended solution is to allow us to host the domain instead.

Below are the options for hosting your own domain with other services running on said domain, such as email, a blog or website. In this instance, just point to our servers using either a CNAME or ANAME record, as described below. Before doing so, you'll need to use a provider that supports "CNAME Flattening/ANAME/ALIASING" and we recommend DNSimple or DNSMadeEasy. Once that's done, you can transfer the domain over to use one of those DNS providers per their normal procedure, then follow the instructions below to set up your custom domain with genius link.

Please note: Custom domains are currently available as an Add-On feature for $50/mo. Please let us know if you have any questions at all about this.

If you want to use a sub domain (e.g. genius.mydomain.com)

  1. Leave name server configuration as-is for the domain so everything else continues to work as expected
  2. Create a new subdomain (or repurpose one). Again - this subdomain should only be used for your shortened links through Geniuslink).
  3. Add a CNAME the sub domain to geni.us with 1 hour (3600 seconds) TTL
  4. Once the DNS settings have been saved, reply to the thread you already have going with us about your custom domain. We'll ensure that the domain is now pointing to our services and run some tests.
  5. Once our tests are done, you'll be able to log into your account and use your own domain any time you create a new shortened link (see screenshot at top).
  6. That's it! You're now taking full advantage of our global infrastructure which guarantees your links send each user to your chosen destinations as quickly as possible. Nice work.


If you want to use a root domain (e.g. mydomain.com) through:

Setup DNSimple 

This tends to be the cheapest route to get ANAME support that will distribute traffic across our global geni.us data centers

  1. Add ALIAS record for the host (no "name" provided, so it works at the root of the domain) with 1 minute TTL pointing to "geni.us"
  2. Once the DNS settings have been saved, reply to the thread you already have going with us about your custom domain. We'll ensure that the domain is now pointing to our services and run some tests.
  3. Once our tests are done, you'll be able to log into your account and use your own domain any time you create a new shortened link (see screenshot at top).
  4. That's it! You're now taking full advantage of our global infrastructure which guarantees your links send each user to your chosen destinations as quickly as possible. Nice work.
     

DNSMadeEasy

If you want Global Load Balancing through DNSMadeEasy it does cost slightly more, but it offers more Anycast nodes that may be slightly faster.

  1. Setup domain as a Global Traffic Director (GTD) record
  2. Add one ANAME record (without specifying any "name" so its for the root of the domain) for each GTD region, with 1minute TTL, each pointing to "geni.us"
  3. Once the DNS settings have been saved, reply to the thread you already have going with us about your custom domain. We'll ensure that the domain is now pointing to our services and run some tests.
  4. Once our tests are done, you'll be able to log into your account and use your own domain any time you create a new shortened link (see screenshot at top).
  5. That's it! You're now taking full advantage of our global infrastructure which guarantees your links send each user to your chosen destinations as quickly as possible. Nice work.

If you don't want to pay for global load balancing, you can also get a dirt cheap setup. However, this means all traffic is served from a single datacenter, and is not globally distributed, so the farther the user is from that datacenter, the longer the resolution speed for the link.

  1. Add one ANAME record to the domain (without specifying any "name" so it is for the root of the domain), with 1 minute TTL, pointing to "geni.us"
  2. Once the DNS settings have been saved, reply to the thread you already have going with us about your custom domain. We'll ensure that the domain is now pointing to our services and run some tests.
  3. Once our tests are done, you'll be able to log into your account and use your own domain any time you create a new shortened link (see screenshot at top).
  4. That's it! You're now taking full advantage of our global infrastructure which guarantees your links send each user to your chosen destinations as quickly as possible. Nice work.
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