As a user of both Kajabi and GoDaddy, I have gained a great deal of experience in connecting the two platforms. Kajabi is a versatile platform that provides you with a comprehensive suite of tools for creating and monetizing online courses, while GoDaddy serves as a domain registrar, web hosting provider, and SSL certificate authority.
Connecting Kajabi to GoDaddy will enable you to host your course websites on the GoDaddy servers, ensuring reliable performance and a secure environment for your students.
In this guide, I will walk you through the step-by-step process of connecting Kajabi to GoDaddy. I will provide detailed instructions on how to link your Kajabi account to your GoDaddy domain and create a professional email address, as well as how to set up hosting services and purchase an SSL certificate for your course websites. By the end of this guide, you will have a better understanding of the process and be able to take advantage of the powerful features of both platforms.
Accessing GoDaddy Domain Settings
Logging in to your GoDaddy account
In order to begin connecting your domain to Kajabi, you must first log in to your GoDaddy account. Visit the GoDaddy website and enter your login credentials. Once you are successfully logged in, you will be taken to the dashboard where you can manage all of your domains.
Navigating to the Domain Management section
From the dashboard, click on the “Domains” tab and select the “Manage” button. This will take you to the Domain Management section, where you can view your existing domains and make changes to them.
Selecting the domain to connect to Kajabi
Once you have reached the Domain Management section, you will see a list of all the domains you own. Select the domain you wish to connect to Kajabi and click on the “Manage” button. This will bring up a page with more detailed information about the domain, including the domain’s DNS settings.
Updating DNS Settings in GoDaddy
Locating the DNS Management or Manage DNS option
When connecting Kajabi to a domain purchased through GoDaddy, the first step is to locate GoDaddy’s DNS Management or Manage DNS option. To do this, log in to your GoDaddy account and go to the Domain Manager page. Here, locate the domain you want to connect and click on the DNS button to proceed to the DNS settings page.
Editing or adding an A record
Once you are in the DNS settings page, you will need to edit or add an A record for your domain. To do this, click on the “Add” button, and select “A (Host)” from the Type dropdown menu.
Obtaining the Kajabi-specific IP address
Next, you need to obtain the Kajabi-specific IP address for your domain. To do this, go to the Kajabi dashboard, select “Domain” from the Settings tab, and click on the “Add Domain” button. You will then be provided with a unique IP address that must be entered into your GoDaddy DNS settings.
Updating the Points To or Destination field
After obtaining the IP address, go back to the GoDaddy DNS settings page and enter the IP address into the Points To or Destination field.
Saving the changes
Finally, save the changes and allow for up to 24 hours for the changes to take effect. After that, the domain should be successfully connected to Kajabi.
Configuring Custom Domain in Kajabi
Accessing Kajabi Site Settings or Domain Settings
To connect your domain name from GoDaddy to Kajabi, the first step is to access your Kajabi site settings or domain settings. From the Kajabi dashboard, navigate to your “Settings” tab and click on the “Domains” option. Here, you will find the instructions for connecting a custom domain.
Adding the Custom Domain Information
Once you are in the domains section of Kajabi, enter your custom domain information in the relevant fields. This information includes your domain name and the type of domain you are connecting, such as a “www” (for example, www.yourdomain.com) or an apex (for example, yourdomain.com). In addition, make sure the “Enable My Domain” box is checked before you save the changes.
Verifying Domain Ownership
The final step is to verify domain ownership. To do this, you will need to log in to your GoDaddy account, select your domain name, and follow the instructions to connect Kajabi as a hosting provider. Once you have completed the setup process, return to Kajabi and click the “Verify Domain” button on the domain settings page. This will confirm that the domain is now connected, and you can begin using it.
Propagation and Testing
Allowing time for DNS changes to propagate:
When connecting Kajabi to GoDaddy, it is important to allow sufficient time for the domain name system (DNS) changes to propagate throughout the internet. These changes may take up to 48 hours to take effect, so it is important to wait patiently and be aware that the connection may not be immediately available.
Verifying the connection between Kajabi and GoDaddy:
Once you have waited for the DNS changes to propagate, the next step is to verify the connection between Kajabi and GoDaddy. In order to do this, you can use the Kajabi Domain Mapping tool, which will help you determine if the connection has been established successfully. If the connection is successful, you should be redirected to your Kajabi page.
Troubleshooting common issues:
If you are still having issues connecting Kajabi to GoDaddy, there are a few troubleshooting steps you can try. First, double-check that the domain name has been entered correctly in both Kajabi and GoDaddy. You can also try clearing your browser’s cache or use a different browser if the issue persists. Additionally, if you have enabled a firewall or security protocol, such as CloudFlare, you may need to update your settings to allow for the connection. If all of these steps fail, you may need to contact your domain provider for further assistance.
Finalizing the Connection
Testing the custom domain in web browsers
Once you have completed the steps above, the final step is to test the custom domain connection in web browsers. To do this, open a web browser and enter the custom domain URL into the address bar. If the domain is successfully connected to Kajabi, it should redirect to your Kajabi website.
Confirming successful connection to Kajabi
After testing the custom domain in your web browser, it is important to confirm the successful connection with Kajabi. To do this, log into your Kajabi account and navigate to the “Domains” tab in the Settings section. From there, you should be able to see the custom domain listed and marked as “Active.” If the domain is not marked as “Active,” it means the connection was not successful, and you will need to go through the steps above again.
In conclusion, connecting Kajabi to GoDaddy is a simple process that can be completed quickly and easily. By following the steps outlined in this article, users can easily and securely configure their domains and redirects to make sure their Kajabi site is working properly and visitors are able to access the correct pages. By using Kajabi’s intuitive user interface and GoDaddy’s comprehensive domain management system, users can take advantage of the powerful features offered by both services and ensure their online presence is running smoothly.