By default, your community is created with a *.voicestorm.com URL. You may wish to change your community URL (domain) to a custom domain, using one of the following options:
- Create a subdomain of your corporate domain (e.g. ambassadors.mycompany.com)
- Create a new custom URL (e.g. companyambassadors.com)
Or you may already have a custom domain configured, but you may need to renew the a certificate that is about to expire. In all of these cases, the procedure is as follows:
Step 1: Create a Certificate Signing Request (CSR)
- Log into the manager console and navigate to Admin > Advanced > Custom Domain.
- Note that you must be a Global Manager to access this page.
- Select the correct Certificate/Domain Type, then fill out the fields below.
- Once you have filled out all the fields, click Generate CSR. A .csr file should be downloaded at this time.
Step 2: Generate the SSL Certificate
- Provide the CSR (obtained in the previous step) to your IT team
- They will use the CSR to do one of the following. In either case, the certificate should be in Apache format:
- Generate an SSL certificate for the subdomain.
- Obtain or purchase an SSL certificate for the new top-level domain.
- Once you have the certificate, return to the Custom Domain page in the manager console and upload the .crt file under the "Step 2" section.
Step 3: Upload Certificate Authority (CA) Bundle (optional)
- If your IT team has provided a Certificate Authority Bundle, upload that in the Step 3 section.
- If not, you can disregard this section.
Step 4: Switching to the New Domain
- Once you are ready to permanently switch the community to the new domain (or renew the existing cert), click Submit a request to notify us.
- Depending on the type of domain you are switching to, there may be simple DNS instructions for the Step 4 section. If so, provide them to your IT; if not, we will provide them over the ticket.
- We then will notify you once the domain change is complete.
Issues Caused by Post-Launch URL Changes
Once a program has launched, its URL should not be changed unless absolutely necessary. Changing a program’s URL post-launch could have the following consequences:
- Break Single Sign On (SSO) if SSO has been set up. In these instances, you will need a new metadata file to update the entity ID and SAML endpoint. Coordination between Dynamic Signal technical teams will be necessary.
- Create an error when opening the branded mobile app. Dynamic Signal will need to update the app in order for it to load.
- Note: This is only applicable to branded mobile apps. The Dynamic Signal mobile app will not be affected by a URL change.
- Break any links in the platform that reference the old URL.
- Disable the functionality of any emails / links / shares to the old URL.
- Force members to reconnect/re-authenticate their social channels to their account.
- Create a 404 error when any members attempt to access the old URL.
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