Since setting up a domain name correctly is a critical for creating your Newsy site, we want to take
an example domain and walk you through setting it up correctly.
We are going to take a domain name flyn.app and create a Newsy site.
We want the users to visit Newsy site via https://www.flyn.app.
We also want the root domain flyn.app to be redirected to
https://www.flyn.app. In addition, any non-HTTPS requests
http://www.flyn.app should also be redirected to
For this, we will be using the DNS server available from Cloudflare. There are many DNS services available and most likely
your domain registrar also provides DNS services. However, we recommend Cloudflare because of its many features and the fact that
they are offered for free.
Please ignore the Cloudflare Integration
section in the screenshot above.
This is discussed in our Cloudflare Integration
First, go to your Cloudflare account and add a new domain as shown below. When asked for the pricing plan, select
Free plan, which is sufficient for this use.
Cloudflare will retrieve current DNS settings for the domain and will display them in the next screen as shown below.
The above DNS setting is what the current domain registrar has specified by default for flyn.app.
We actually need DNS setting for Newsy site, so we will delete all of the above and enter what we need.
First, we need to add the CNAME for www.flyn.app, which is what we added in Newsy
as shown below.
This entry will allow us to access our production via http://www.flyn.app.
Next, we want to add an entry to make sure when a user types in the root domain
flyn.app, they are redirected to
There are several ways to do this. We could add another CNAME entry for the root domain where the name is given as *.
However, since not all DNS servers provide root-level CNAME, we are going to take an advantage of a redirect service provided by
GitHub (also free). First, we create an A Record which points to an IP address
18.104.22.168 as shown below.
Next, we add a
TXT record where the name value is
_redirect and the content value is
Redirects to https://www.flyn.app as shown below.
Please note that we set the content value of this redirect as
Redirects to https://www.flyn.app because that's the final destination we want all requests to be redirected to.
If you do not want to enable HTTPS, then simply the value would be
Redirects to http://www.flyn.app.
Once you click next, you will be prompted to change the name servers of your domain to Cloudflare name servers as shown below.
To enable HTTPS, click on the SSL/TLS option at the top and make sure that FULL option is selected
as shown below. Also, if you see a prompt that says Always turn on HTTPS, set it to
Yes if you're enabling HTTPS for your site.
Finally, we want to make sure that all other requests such as
https://flyn.app are redirected to
For this, we make use of Cloudflare's Page Rules.
Click on the Page Rules menu at the top and click on
Create page rule.
As a first rule, we specify that when a user types in
http://flyn.app, they are redirected to
https://www.flyn.app as shown in the below screen.
Make sure you note the
https://www.flyn.app/$1 when you type in the values.
Create two more rules. One for
http://www.flyn.app and another for
https://flyn.app. Your final set of page rules should be as follows.
That should be all for your Newsy site to work correctly. We do recommend accessing your site through one single
domain (in this case https://www.flyn.app). It makes it easier for the search engine
to index the contents and also generating and sharing URLs are all centralized.