You can customize the web address, known as a URL (universal resource location), where people find your App.
By default, App URLs look like this:
We designed these URLs to preserve your branding as much as possible (notice the domain is simply "app.law" and nothing about Afterpattern). By default, App URLs are customized with your username and the App's name.
If you have a Business or Enterprise Afterpattern subscription, you can further customize your App's URLs with a domain or subdomain.
Remember, App URLs include your Username and the App name. After you activate an App, you can't easily change the username + App name in its URL. We do this to increase the likelihood that old links to your App don't break.
To change the username: You must contact us directly. You can reach out via Slack or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
To change the App's name: Duplicate the App, change its name, and then re-activate it.
Your App is a website. As such, it has a URL (universal resource locator). URLs include the domain name (or just domain) of the website:
app.law is the default domain on which your Apps are hosted.
It is possible that you already own a domain, in which case you will want to host your Apps on a subdomain off of that domain, like this:
Although subdomains can be anything (in the above example, we use the word "app"), it's a good idea to use a relatively generic term since this subdomain will be used in all of your Apps URLs, like so:
The process for setting up a domain vs. subdomain is the same.
To set up a custom subdomain, you need to make edits in two places:
Go to Account Settings > Account:
If you own utopianlawfirm.com and you choose "app" as a subdomain, you will enter this:
DO NOT include www., http://, or https:// in this URL.
Your custom URL is now pending validation. To complete this process, you must make edits with your DNS provider. Specifically, you must add CNAME records to your domain via your DNS provider's dashboard.
Log into your DNS provider's dashboard and add the CNAME records mentioned above.
There are many DNS providers (GoDaddy, Cloudflare, UltraDNS, DNSMadeEasy, etc). Each is slightly different, but generally speaking when you add a record you will need to specify the following:
If you are setting up a subdomain, you must add 4 CNAME records to your domain, one for each of the name/value sets we provide:
In GoDaddy, the interface for adding a single record looks like this:
You will add 4 records for a subdomain. The type of record is CNAME, TTL is 1/2 hour, and the Host / Points to values are configured as follows:
Unfortunately, we can't provide examples for all DNS providers, but the only thing should change across different providers is whether they use the terms Host / Points to or Name / Value.
Once all the required CNAME records have been added to your domain in your DNS provider account, you will have to wait at least 30 minutes for the validation process to complete -- sometimes the validation process can take hours.
When the validation process is complete, you will see a message indicating that Your custom domain has been validated under Account Settings > Account.
To delete your custom domain or subdomain, go to Account Settings > Account and click the Delete button next to the URL you want to remove.
After doing so, your Apps will no longer be accessible via that URL and will instead be hosted from the default Afterpattern App URLs.