DreamHost is a platform where you can buy domains and subdomains for the website or short branded links.

For shortening links in Short.io, you have to add your domain name or to use a generic one "smth.shortcm.li." If you don't have a domain, you can acquire it from Short.io or any domain registrar. The advantage of buying a domain from Short.io is that the domain will be active at once.

If you acquire a domain from the registrar, you have to follow some activation steps.
Learn the instruction below on how to add a DreamHost domain to Short.io account.

1. Sign in Dreamhost and buy an available domain.

2. Choose "Domains" > "Manage Domains" from the left side.

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3. Choose "DNS" under a necessary domain.

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4. Add 2 values:

- A Type; 52.21.33.16 Value.

- A type; 18.184.197.212 Value.

Important: Leave the "Name" box blank (!!!).

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5. Here's how records look:

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6. Go to your Short.io account.

7. Open the User menu and choose "Add a domain.

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8. Choose the third option — Add my own domain

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9. Specify a domain and confirm that this domain is dedicated only for shortening links.

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10. Go to your domain settings to check if the domain is active. Refresh a domain status in 1-2 hours if the domain is still inactive.

Important: Wait a few hours and refresh a domain status in Short.io domain settings.

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13. After the domain is active, feel free to shorten links and enjoy Short.io.

Watch the video instruction to avoid obstacles while configuring a domain.

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