How to launch your RealtyNinja website
In this guide we will provide you with all of the information you need to launch your RealtyNinja website on your own. We are always available if you need help or get stuck in anyway, so please let us know if there is anything we can assist with.
We do our best to make the process of setting up and launching your website as simple as possible but there is no getting around the fact that launching a website can be a complicated process, especially when e-mail is involved. With this in mind it is often best to allow us to launch your website by filling out the domain and e-mail setup form that is presented to you in the backend of your website. We understand that you might want to do this on your own or are not comfortable with providing us with your domain registration details and thus have created this guide to help you as much as possible.
We will dive into more details below but here are the main steps you need to take to launch your RealtyNinja website:
- Choose a payment plan and submit payment details
- Add your desired domain to the settings page in the backend of your website
- Make the required changes to your domain at your domain registrar
- Wait for domain propagation
- View your new website in all its glory
1) Choose a payment plan and submit payment details
Before you are able to launch your website on your own domain you will have to setup your payment plan. This can be done through the backend of your website by following the setup instructions presented on the welcome section or by clicking the "Account" link which is located on the top right of the screen when you are logged in.
You will have the option of choosing a monthly or annual payment plan and will receive a discount by choosing annual. Please note that you will be billed as soon as you have submitted your payment details. Should you have any questions or concerns, please get in touch with us.
2) Add your desired domain to the backend of your website
Our system needs to know what domain you would like to use for your RealtyNinja website which can easily be done by adding the domain that you will be using to the settings page in the backend of your website. Simply click the "Settings" link in the top right area of the screen when you are logged in and enter your domain name.
3) Make the required changes to your domain at your domain registrar
This is the most complicated part of launching your RealtyNinja website on your own as it requires changes to your nameserver/DNS settings at your domain registrar. First of all, a registrar is a fancy name for wherever you purchased your domain from, be it GoDaddy, HostPaPa, Network Solutions, etc. The complexity of this step is greatly increased when you have e-mail accounts setup at your domain such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, etc. It can also be effected by whether or not this is a brand new domain that has never been used for a website before or if you are using an existing domain and changing website providers.
Note: If you simply want to know what IP addresses to use and what DNS records to set, click on the second link below and scroll down to the "Doing It Yourself" section
One thing to keep in mind is that RealtyNinja is a hosted website service. What we do not provide is e-mail hosting because that is a completely different business and there are already awesome e-mail providers out there that do a better job than we could ever do in this field. Because you have your website hosted on your domain (with us), as well as your e-mail (with someone else) it can get a tad complicated when trying to set everything up. Having said this, we have created the following guides to help you launch your site depending on your e-mail/domain setup:
- I do not have e-mail setup at my domain and will use an e-mail such as email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, etc.
- I do have e-mail setup at my domain such as firstname.lastname@example.org and I use my domain registrar or another provider to host my e-mail such as Google Workspace (formerly G Suite), GoDaddy, Hostpapa, Network solutions, etc.
And remember that you can always contact us for help in making the required changes to your domain. We also strongly suggest that you use Google Workspace (Formerly G Suite) to host your e-mail. Not only will this simplify the launch process because our system is already setup to handle Google Workspace e-mails but you will get world class e-mail hosting for a very low price.
4) Wait for domain propagation
Domain propagation is the term used to describe the potential delay between making the required domain changes and seeing your new website online. If you would like more information on this process, check out this article.
5) View your new website in all its glory
Once you have made the required changes to your domain settings and the propagation period is over your new website will be online for the world to see. Please let us know if you have any questions or need help with anything at all.
Do I need to purchase an SSL Certificate?
You do not need to purchase an SSL certificate as we will provide you with one free of charge. Our team will automatically secure your website once we launch it so it's available at https:// within 72 hours of launching your website.