Custom Domain

Custom Domain for Your Forum Community

Instead of having your community url look like this:, it can look like this: or It’s a simple, two-step process that we recommend for all new forum owners. Please note that you must purchase or create your desired url from a domain registrar before customizing your Vanilla Forums domain.


  • Log in to the domain name registrar where your domain is hosted (ex. GoDaddy, Rackspace, etc.)
  • In your Admin control panel, create a DNS record for your domain so that it points at our servers. You have two choices here:
  • If you want to use a subdomain ( create a CName record for your domain that points to your Vanilla address:
  • If you want to use a top level domain ( create an A Record for your domain, using your forum’s IP address.
  • Back in your Vanilla Dashboard, you’ll notice a Custom Domain menu under the Appearance category. Enter your custom domain on that page.

How to find your forum’s IP address:

To look up your IP address:

Visit Choose “Lookup” from the list of radio buttons Enter your forum name ( in the long box, select “Go” Look further down the page, it will list your IP address


If you’d like to use the HTTPS protocol and insert an SSL certificate, follow the instructions here.

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