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Setting up your Custom Domain in ChargeAutomation
Setting up your Custom Domain in ChargeAutomation
Toyin Odujebe avatar
Written by Toyin Odujebe
Updated over a week ago

Follow the steps below to connect your custom domain to your ChargeAutomation account, enhancing your branding and user experience.

  • Login to your ChargeAutomation account here chargeautomation.com

  • Navigate to Custom Domain Settings: Click on Profile Image >> Custom Domain

  • Enter Your Domain: In the Custom Domain section, you will see a field labeled "Enter your Custom Domain." Here, type in the full domain name you wish to use (for example, checkin.yourdomain.com)

  • Add Your Domain: Click the "Add" button to register your domain with ChargeAutomation. This action notifies ChargeAutomation of your intent to use a custom domain but does not complete the setup process.

  • Required DNS Changes: You will need to add or update specific DNS records as directed by ChargeAutomation. ChargeAutomation will provide the exact values needed like below

Add Records above to your DNS Provider

  • Go to your DNS provider’s website (e.g. GoDaddy or Cloudflare). If you’re choosing one for the first time, go with one that supports SSL.

  • Create a CNAME (‘canonical name’) and TXT record for your custom domain.

How to create a custom records within Cloudflare.

Each hosting service has a slightly different way to create DNS records.
As an example, here’s how to set up a CNAME/TXT record with Cloudflare.

Step 1 - Open a browser tab or window and sign in to your Cloudflare Account.

Step 2 - Go to the ‘DNS’ section in Cloudflare and add a CNAME and TXT record for your "Custom domain".

Step 3 - Click the "Add record" Button to add the records

Step 4 - Add the records to your domain’s DNS records.

CNAME Record

Ensure you disable Proxy and make it DNS only by unchecking "Proxy Status" like below

Copy the Name and Value/Target like below from ChargeAutomation

Fields

Input

Description

Record type

CNAME

Selecting CNAME as the record type

Name

checkin

Name based on the first part of your custom domain for example if your custom domain is checkin.example.com, use checkin as a name

Target/Destination

Target Must be app.chargeautomation.com

Proxy status

Disabled

Click on the Cloud icon under the Status so it turns Grey and indicates DNS Only

Time To Live (TTL)

Auto

Selecting Auto as the TTL.

TXT Record

Copy the Name and Value/Content from ChargeAutomation

Fields

Input

Description

Record type

TXT

Selecting CNAME as the record type

Name

copy from Charge Automation

Name provided by ChargeAutomation

Value

Copy from Charge Automation

Value provided by ChargeAutomation

Time To Live (TTL)

Auto

Selecting Auto as the TTL.

Choose to configure SSL (optional)

After you set up a custom domain, Your domain will now appear as ‘not secure’ on web browsers like Chrome Here’s how to secure it.

SSL (or TLS), is the most widely used way to secure the connection between your server and your browser. It ensures the connection between the server and browser is encrypted and safe, and appears as HTTPS.

Here’s what an SSL-configured website (with HTTPS) typically looks like on the Chrome browser:

This is what it looks like if you’ve visited a website not secured by SSL (without HTTPS):

There are two ways to set up SSL on your custom domain:

  • Use a flexible SSL (using a third party DNS provider like CloudFlare or AWS CloudFront)

  • Use your own SSL certificate (using a TLS Termination Proxy)

You can configure SSL for your custom domain to keep sensitive information encrypted. If you want to do this, make sure you’ve set up your CNAME with a DNS provider that supports SSL, like Cloudflare

How to configure SSL with Cloudflare

1- Add SSL support to your domain

Go to the ‘Crypto’ section and change SSL to ‘Flexible’ or ‘Full’.

2- Create a page rule enforcing HTTPS

Go to ‘Page Rules’ and create a new page rule with the following settings, replacing checkout.example.com with your own custom domain.

Completing Your Custom Domain Setup in Charge Automation.

Congratulations on adding your custom domain! Follow these next steps to finalize the setup

Verify Your Domain

After you've updated your DNS settings with your provider, it’s crucial to verify the domain in Charge Automation:

  • Automatic DNS Update Verification: After you've added or updated the DNS records according to ChargeAutomation's instructions, our system will automatically attempt to verify these changes at regular intervals. There's no need for immediate action on your part.

  • However, if you wish to expedite the verification process once you've confirmed the DNS changes on your end, you can manually prompt our system to retry by clicking the "Try Again" button. This feature ensures that your custom domain setup proceeds smoothly and reduces waiting times for DNS propagation.

  • Confirmation of Verification: If the verification succeeds, you will see a confirmation indicating that your records are verified. Now, you're ready to finalize the process by clicking "Add Custom Domain."

    Final Steps and Testing

    Once your domain is verified and added:

  • Domain Stability Check: ChargeAutomation will perform a final check to ensure that the domain is stable and properly configured for use.

  • Note on Domain Propagation: Remember, it's crucial that your sub-domain is set up correctly and that DNS propagation is complete. This process can take up to 48 hours.

  • Testing Your Setup: To ensure everything is functioning as expected, create a new booking or go to an existing booking. Click on Share Pre check-in link or Share Guidebook. Copy and paste the link in a new tab and ensure its showing your custom domain in the url and showing either the pre check-in or guest portal

About Charge Automation

Charge Automation is a leading guest experience software designed for hotels and vacation rentals. Our platform is crafted to increase revenue, eliminate check-in queues, enhance guest satisfaction, and maximize profits, all through automation and intuitive design. With your custom domain now in place, your guests ChargeAutomation experience is more personalized and brand-centric than ever.

If you have any questions or need further assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to our support team.

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