How to take your website LIVE
Are you ready? Let's go live!
Here are four simple steps to go LIVE with your brand new eCatholic website.
1. Access your website registrar account
In order to take your new website LIVE at your domain name (web address), you'll just need access to the registrar account where your domain name is registered to update nameservers.
Need help finding your website registrar?
If you need help figuring out who your domain's registrar is, or who at your organization might have that account login, just let us know and we can help you dig for some more information! Some commonly used domain registrars are: GoDaddy, Network Solutions, or Bluehost.
If you have access to the registrar account but need assistance with making this change, you can call or email support and provide us with your login information for the registrar account, and we will be happy to help you update the nameservers.
If you have not yet purchased a domain to use with your new website, you can do so at Name.com. Just use their search tool to check whether the domain name you have in mind is available! When you're ready to purchase fill out this form to create a Name.com account and you will receive $5 promotional credit towards your purchase!
2. Send us your website's domain name
Before you update your nameservers, eCatholic will need to know what your domain name (web address) will be. If you have already sent us your new or existing domain name (web address), you may move onto step 3.
If you signed up for a trial website without entering a preferred domain name, please send your eCatholic trial web address and chosen domain name to firstname.lastname@example.org, and we will let you know when you can successfully update your nameservers.
3. Update your nameservers
Once you have accessed your website registrar account update your nameservers to the following:
IMPORTANT NOTE FOR EMAILS AND SUBDOMAINS:
If you use your domain name for anything else in addition to the website, such as email or subdomains, you'll need to provide us with the current DNS records for your domain before updating the nameservers. That way, we can ensure that everything else will carry over smoothly when you do take your website LIVE.
Alternatively, if you are confident in your ability to modify your own DNS records and would like to have our IP address to point your domain's A record to, please contact our support team and they will be happy to provide you with the information you need.
4. Wait for propagation lag and certificate cycle to run
After updating your nameservers, you should be able to see your new site at your domain name within a few minutes to 48 hours, depending on how long it takes for the propagation lag to wear off and your SSL certificate to run.
The propagation lag allows time for your domain to gather all the new information from servers. Since your eCatholic website comes with an SSL certificate to encrypt your site communication, there also needs to be time for the new certificate to cycle through. If you try to view your website on your browser before this period has fully occurred, you may see an alert in your browser saying your site is not private or insecure.
If this happens, simply wait a few more hours or until the morning for things to sort out on their own. It could take as long as 48 hours for everything to cycle through.
Note: We recommend going live in the evening when traffic is minimal. The process to setup your eCatholic website with a security certificate for your domain name occurs at the top of every hour, so there will be some downtime.
My website is live...now what?
Once your site is live, make sure you're getting the most out of your efforts! We've posted a list of helpful tips and action items on the blog. Check out My website is live...now what? on the eCatholic blog to help you continue building an amazing new site!