How to set up your custom domain in CloudFlare

*These are our specific instructions for setting up a custom domain in CloudFlare. If you're looking for more general information on what a custom domain is, please see this article*

We've recently noticed several folks successfully using CloudFlare with their custom domain and Thinkific account. However, doing this properly requires some extra configuration, plus letting us know that you use CloudFlare. 

1. Set up CloudFlare according to the usual procedure provided by CloudFlare.

This is the easy part, and you may have already done it. Just follow whatever steps are normally used to set up CloudFlare for your domain:

Make sure your CNAME is set correctly in CloudFlare:

2. For your Thinkific site custom domain to work properly, you'll want to ensure that you have the CNAME record set to "DNS only". You can do this by clicking on the orange cloud icon beside the new CNAME record you've just created and switching it to the "DNS only" setting.

Thinkific custom domain in cloudflare as dns only

3. Add your custom domain to your Thinkific site by going to your Settings > Site > Site URL, then click Add a Custom URL:

The sign that you've had success is seeing the Thinkific 404 page at your custom domain. (This is one of the few times you want to see a 404.)

Once you see that Thinkific 404 page at your custom domain, you can email and let us know that you're ready to activate your custom domain. Then, as soon as we are able to make the change at the our end, you'll see your Thinkific site at your custom domain.

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