Custom Domain Names

Use Amazon Web Services to purchase a custom domain name and assign it to your personal website.

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Assign a Custom Domain Name to Your Website
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    In the last unit, you deployed your site and GitHub Pages assigned your site a default URL, or domain name. In this unit, you'll purchase your own custom domain name and assign it to your GitHub ...

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    Often, the most time consuming part of buying a domain name is actually deciding what you'd like it to be. Be aware that not all domain names are available; many have already been claimed by others...

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    AWS offers many services used for web development like servers, databases, and networking configuration. If you're new to using AWS it's easy to feel overwhelmed at first by all that it can offer,...

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    Now it's time to select a domain name and make sure it's available. Route 53 allows you to search the availability of a domain name you have in mind. It also offers many suffixes, like [...] , [...

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    Congrats — you're the proud owner of a custom domain name! You might notice, however, that your new domain name doesn't work yet — you can't visit it in your web browser. We have to c...

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    The new [...] file in your repo informs GitHub that you're assigning a new custom domain name to your GitHub Pages site. Next, we have to let the rest of the Internet know that we want to assoc...

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    Domain names are associated with the correct DNS records by setting the domain name's name servers. After a domain name is typed into a browser, the computer first retrieves the name servers th...

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    Now that your domain name is associated with the correct name servers, it's time to create some additional DNS records within the Hosted Zone. The records that we'll create will be used by the na...

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    When setting up a website, it's also conventional to also set up a [...] subdomain. [...] stands for [...] . Subdomains are part of a main (or root) domain. For example, [...] is a subdomai...

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    Let's review your DNS setup so far. In Route 53, your domain name's Hosted Zone contains the following: 1. The [...] ( [...] ) record for your domain name. When a domain name is typed into a br...

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    You've now created two DNS records: an [...] record for [...] and a [...] record for [...] . Let's make sure they both work.

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    Success! Your website should now display in the browser when you navigate to your custom domain name. The DNS may take some time to update records. If your site still doesn't load in the browser u...

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    Congratulations! You now have a static site with a custom domain name published on the Internet. Let's review the process we followed in this lesson: 1. Created an AWS account and accessed Route...

Custom Domain Names

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