How to set up a custom domain
If you've chosen to manage your podcast directly through Castos instead of through your WordPress site you can set your own domain to point to the website that Castos creates for your show.
To see an example of this click here: podcasthackers.com - this our own podcast's live website using a custom domain to point to its Castos website.
To set up your own domain for use with your Castos website you'll need to do the following:
- Enter the domain name you want to use in the My Account -> Podcast Settings area of your Castos dashboard
- Update the DNS records on that domain with your domain registrar to point to your Castos website
Let's touch on each of these points individually.
Enter your domain name
In your Castos dashboard navigate to the menu in the top right and select My Account. From there choose the "Podcast Settings" tab to display the settings of your podcast(s).
Here you'll just need to enter the domain name you want to use. The format for this is just the "mysite.com" (with the 'mysite.com' part replaced by whatever your domain name is, like podcasthackers.com in the example above).
Once you're done with this click the "Update Podcast Info" button below and you're all done.
Updating DNS records with your domain registrar
Now that we've told Castos that we want to use a custom domain for our Castos created podcast website and we've entered that domain name we need to tell our domain registrar (the place where you bought this awesome domain) where to point the domain.
We do this through DNS records.
DNS tells domain registrars information about where our browsers can look to find information about the domain...you can think of them kind of like someone directing traffic...they tell the internet where to go for your domain.
Here are a few specific guides on how to set DNS records on some popular domain registrars:
If your domain registrar isn't listed above, no worries. Here are the general steps you need to follow regardless of your domain registrar:
- Create a new A record for your domain (if you have an A record already you cane Edit the existing entry)
- Give the A record a name of * or @
- Use the value of 184.108.40.206 for that domain record
- Save that A record and wait for the DNS to propagate
A note on DNS propagation: it can take up to 24 hours for DNS to propagate. This is entirely dependent on our domain registrar and the rest of the internet.
If you want to check the status of your DNS propagation after you've made the changes above you can do so here. Here just enter the domain name you're using for your podcast website, and make sure that the `A` record is selected. If you see the IP address listed above (the 220.127.116.11 value) then you're all set with the DNS portion of things.