The option is also provided to use your own custom domain. Example custom domains include www.evanchungphoto.com, www.tracephotographs.com, and www.willnicholls.co.uk.
These instructions will guide you through the steps of configuring your Domain Name System (DNS) to point your custom domain name to Zenfolio.
Here is a general overview of the steps needed to use a custom domain with a Zenfolio account
- Register the custom domain with 1and1
- Point the domain to Zenfolio using DNS records
- Test the domain in the Zenfolio account then set it to the account
Zenfolio hosts your website and your photographs, but does not provide domain name registration services. If you would like to use a custom domain name you first need to register with a domain host like 1and1.
Terms and Definitions
Domain Registrar – a registrar is a company that registers domain names (.com, .net, etc…) and manages information about the domain. Registrars may also provide hosting services, but not always. There are many different registrars who offer a range of prices and registration periods.
Host – a hosting company provides space on a server for files to be hosted on the internet. There are many different hosting companies who provide many different types of hosting services and price points.
1. Register the Custom Domain
To use a custom domain, it must first be registered with a domain registrar like 1and1.
Click here to go to their site and register your custom domain.
After registering the domain with the domain host, it will then need to be pointed to Zenfolio. The changes required to point the domain to Zenfolio are made in your account with 1and1.
Please note that Zenfolio itself is not a domain host so it is not possible to register a domain with Zenfolio or transfer a domain from another domain host to Zenfolio.
2. Point the Domain to Zenfolio using DNS Records
After registering the domain with 1and1, the next step is to point the domain to Zenfolio. That is done through your account with 1and1.
There are two different ways to configure your custom address; Option A or Option B.
Option A: A-Record & CNAME - Using the Domain just for the Zenfolio account
Examples of using the domain just for the Zenfolio account include domains like
This is the most common configuration for when Zenfolio is your only website. Please click here for specific steps.
Option B: CNAME Only - Using just a Subdomain with the Zenfolio account
Examples of using just a subdomain for the Zenfolio account include:
In these examples, the store and gallery parts of the domain are the subdomain. This leaves the domain ceceliawebber.com and debralwallace.com available to use with another website.
Photographers usually choose this option when they want to use their Zenfolio site just for client proofing and selling prints while maintaining their domain for a separate portfolio website.
Please click here for specific steps on how to point just a subdomain to Zenfolio.
For a general video presentation on using a custom domain name please click on the Play button below.
Note: The registrar used as an example in the video is GoDaddy. 1and1's DNS editing pages will look different but the information that needs to be updated is the same.
You may need to contact 1and1 for additional help with editing the domain's DNS records.
Tips for using a Custom Domain
Things to do:
- Read these instructions fully
- Contact Support if you have questions
- Be patient – it can take up to 48 hours for your changes to be live everywhere
Things not to do:
- Forwarding/Redirects will not work with Zenfolio
- Displaying the Zenfolio site within an iFrame
- Use Domain Masking through your domain host
- Change your NAMESERVERS