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Custom Domains With Heroku

May 23 2017

Custom Domains With Heroku

I dreamed I asked someone to get me a fingernail. Just one. With clear nail polish. That’s weird, right? I mean, I almost never wear nail polish… and, you know, I have all my fingernails sooo an extra one would be just so unnecessarily excessive. So strange. Anyway, this wasn’t supposed to be about fingernails. I wanted to write about custom domains.

As I mentioned yesterday, our time in Japan is winding down and I feel a touch of panic that my Japan Adventure App isn’t complete. I may have been too ambitious thinking it could go beyond our little town in Sasebo so I decided to rename it “Hello, Sasebo!” I wrote a post called “Hello, Osaka!” last year and thought my title was really clever so why not use it for Sasebo? Narrowing the scope of the app will make it easier to launch and populate before we abandon our Japanese playground for new shores. And, I think a finished product for Sasebo will help me iron out bugs and features for the next “Hello” app at our next destination.

So, with all that in mind, I bought and set out to brand the app accordingly. My first instinct was to search Heroku for documentation on how to set up a custom domain. I found this article that laid out the instructions but like with a lot of documentation on Heruku, it leaves newbies like myself with a lot of unanswered questions. Take Step 2, for example. It says “hey, here’s the command to add a domain but keep scrolling and searching for the bajillion different variations you can use.” Imagine my eyeballs darting around nervously as they try to escape my skull. Yeah. Step 4 says “Configure your app’s DNS provider to point to the Heroku-supplied DNS Target.” What does that even mean??

Thankfully, Google and I are pals and she dropped this article from NameCheap in my lap. The instructions are easy to follow and include images (with arrows!) to walk you through the steps you need to take on the Heroku site and within your NameCheap account. This was definitely written by someone with tech support experience… and for that, I am grateful. My Japan Adventure App is now accessible at Yay!