Setting Your Custom Domain

AdButler allows you to set a custom domain to serve ads from and change the domain accounts used to access the dashboard. Our guide will walk you through the basic steps of setting up your domain with AdButler.

The examples in this guide are taken from GoDaddy, and may not match what your own registrar looks like. For differences in terminology, please consult your registrar's help centre.

Step 1: Set The AdButler Custom URL

Your AdButler custom domain is made up of two components: the "Ad Serving Domain" and the "Admin Panel Domain." The "Ad Serving Domain" is where your ad serving tags make a request, and from where all your advertisements are served from. The "Admin Panel Domain" is the URL used to redirect to the AdButler dashboard, where account holders can log in.

To set the domains, open your AdButler dashboard and navigate to AdButler Settings, under the upper left menu. Click the radio button to enable custom domains and fill in the "Ad Serving Domain" and "Admin Panel Domain" with a unique prefix, such as "ads." or "admin.", followed by your own domain. The prefix is called your host or host record.


Step 2: Select Your Domain

Sign in to your hosting provider and find your "Manage My Domains" option. It might be titled something different depending upon your provider. Under your list of domains, select the domain name you are going to use to for AdButler. For instance, if you entered "ads.yourdomain.com" in the last step, the domain would be "yourdomain.com"


Step 3: Add Zone Record

In the DNS Zone File, you will need to add a DNS Zone Record for the domain name. You will need to perform this step twice, once for the server and once for the admin panel.

The zone record should be available in the DNS zone editor or subdomain creator for your domain. Choose CNAME (Alias) under the "Record" type and set the "Host/Host Record" to match the prefix for your custom domain. The "CNAME" is the prefix you added to your domain earlier, such as "ads." or "admin.". For your ad serving domain, the prefix must match the one you entered for the "Ad Serving Domain" option. Set the "Points To" option to "servedbyadbutler.com" so the server can still retrieve its ad item.

Some hosts have a "Time To Upload" or "TTL" option. This allows you to delay your changes going into effect. However, DNS changes can take up 48 hours to fully come into effect.

For the admin record, again add a DNS Zone Record. Select CNAME (Alias) under the Record type. Set the host to match the prefix used for your admin panel from the first step. As with the server, the prefix must match. Set the "Points To" option to "admin.adbutler.com".


Step 4: Confirm URL

In the DNS Zone File for this domain, you should see a list of CName (Alias). Confirm under your CName section that your Host and Points To is correct.


Your custom URL is now set. Your DNS record should populate shortly, please note it may take up to 48 hours to fully come into effect. With these changes, your domain will now be used in place of the "servebyadbutler.com" URL in your zone tag, and account holders won't use "admin.adbutler.com" to log in.


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