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How to Whitelabel Your URL Shorteners

Step 1 – Navigate to Your Account’s Configuration Settings

As you log into your account, the top-right corner of the screen displays your account name, i.e. the name under which you have registered your MainBrainer account.

Click the account name to expand the account settings menu and click Configuration (as highlighted in the screenshot below).

Step 2 – Open the Domains Tab

Click the Domains tab to view your domain configurations. Click Add Domain to configure a new domain for your URLs Shorteners.

Step 3 – Configure Your Domain to Whitelabel Your URL Shortener

Select the box below the heading URL Shortener White Labeling and click Continue.

On the subsequent screen, you’ll need to enter the domain name that you wish to use for your URL shortener. Herein:

  • Use the field Your domain to enter the root domain you wish to use for your URL shortener.

For example, if you wish to use the URL smsblasting.in as your short URL, use this field to enter the root domain smsblasting.in

Note: Ensure that you don’t include www. or http://www. in this field.

  • Use the field Description to add a reference description for your domain configuration.  This description is purely for your reference purposes. Once your domain is configured, this description will be displayed against your domain configuration on the screen shown in Step2.

As you type in your root domain, the preview area on the right side helps you visualize how the shortened URL will reflect in your customers’ address bars when they click your campaign URLs.

Step 4 – Add CNAME Records to Your Web Host

The next screen will display the two CNAME records that you need to punch into your web host (i.e., the service that hosts your domain name, e.g., GoDaddy, Rackspace, etc.):

  1. The Domain level CNAME records
  2. The SSL certificate CNAME records

Note: While the Domain level CNAME records are generated automatically, the SSL certificate records might take some time to get generated and displayed (upto ten minutes). 

If the screen displays both the records (as shown in the screenshot below), copy the records using the Copy button under the Actions header to avoid any errors, and add them to your web host. If you are not technically equipped to do so, you can use the Send to a Colleague button to email the records to a co-worker or the relevant person in your company’s IT team.

But, in case the screen displays only the Domain level CNAME records, copy the records using the Copy button under the Actions header, and add them to your web host. Once you do, come back to this screen and click the Verify button for the added record. As you click Verify, the page will refresh to display the SSL certificate CNAME records. Once the records are displayed, copy them and them to your web host as well.

Note: Prior to white labeling your URL shortener, if you have whitelabeled your landing page URLs using the same domain name, the SSL CNAME records will be displayed as verified. You’ll only need to copy and verify the Domain level CNAME records in that case. Also note that in that case, there will be no additional charges for using the same domain for whitelabeling your URL shorteners.  

Step 5 – Verify Your DNS

Once you have added the DNS records, return to the Domains tab (as demonstrated in the steps 1 and 2) and click Verify as highlighted in the screenshot below.

Once you do, the Status will get changed to Verified (as highlighted in the screenshot below). 

And that’s it! You have successfully configured your domain with your MainBrainer account and can begin using your configured domain as a URL shortener for your campaign URLSs. 

How to Use the Configured Domain as a URL Shortener

When you send out an SMS campaign with a landing page, use the ShortURL Type dropdown menu to select your configured domain. 

Additionally, when generating a URL with UTM codes for your landing page, you’ll have the option of using your configured domain as the URL shortener (as highlighted in the screenshot below).