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How do I launch my website?

Last Updated: Jul 12, 2016 04:35PM CDT

You've finished filling in all the content and graphics on your website, and now you're ready to show the world! What are the next steps? This article will help walk you through the process of launching your new website. 

1) First and foremost, it’s important that you have registered a domain. This is the web address people will type in to find you on the internet. If you have more questions about domain registration, please see our article titled “Registering A Domain”.

2) Second, once you’ve figured out where your domain is registered - you’ll want to make sure that your DNS is hosted at your registrar. This helps keep all of your settings in one place, so that you don’t have to use multiple different logins.

3) Third, go to www.churchplantmedia.com/launch to fill out our site launch form. This will give you an opportunity to schedule your launch on either a Tuesday or a Thursday.

NOTE: If you are are a current partner wanting to launch your new upgraded website, you'll want to fill out this form instead: www.churchplantmedia.com/existing-launch

4) Last, on the morning of your launch, you’ll point your domain (your primary A record) to our IP address. The IP address you need will be sent through the email confirmation you receive after completing the website launch form (linked above in Step 3). Also (if it's not already) you'll want to set up a CNAME record for "www" to point back to your domain. If you need help, please contact your registrar or DNS host with any questions. Once you’ve made the change, make sure to send us a quick email to let us know!

Here are a few links to help articles from common domain registrars:

GoDaddy:


NameCheap:


Network Solutions:


BlueHost:


And that’s it! After a little bit of propagation time, your site will be up and ready for the world to see. If you have any further questions, please give us a call at 1-800-409-6631 x2 or send us a message through the Help Center tab in the CMS (Content Management System).

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