Your forum is initially named
<you>.flarum.cloud. But it is easy (and free) to use your own domain name to make it look more professional.
Plus, if you ever want to migrate your forum elsewhere, you can keep the same name (and data).
To start using your own domain name, follow these steps:
- Get a domain name, with a registrar such as Namecheap or Porkbun;
- Add a CNAME DNS record at the registrar's control panel that points to your FreeFlarum host (see below);
- Enter your custom domain in the FreeFlarum Settings page.
Configuring DNS can be tricky, because every registrar has a different method and rules to do so. We will try to tell you the basics to get going.
General DNS instructions
You should create a CNAME record from your own domain name to FreeFlarum, which looks like this:
subdomain.yourdomain.tld. 300 IN CNAME yourforumname.freeflarum.com
Your provider might ask for a TTL, you should set this as low as possible, e. g.: 2 minutes. This allows you to change servers quickly, if necessary.
Using a root/naked domain
A domain without a subdomain (eg
your.tld instead of
www.your.tld) is called a "root" domain. Root CNAMEs are not officially supported by the DNS, and are not compatible with FreeFlarum either.
There's one trick to "fake" the root functionality of your domain, simply by using a "www" subdomain. Or, you can make a redirect from your root domain to your subdomain linked to FreeFlarum, e. g.: your forum is at
forum.tld redirects users to
your.forum.tld. Redirection rules can be set up at your domain registar, if they support them.
If you keep getting an error from FreeFlarum saying that a CNAME cannot be found, first double check whether a CNAME can be found using a third party tool.
If no CNAME record can be added, your provider probably does support it. You may switch to another DNS provider. These DNS services are known to work with FreeFlarum: Namecheap, Porkbun, Gandi, HiChina, Dynadot, Alidns, HostFly.by, NameBright.
Make sure to disable the Cloudflare proxy, so that the icon is grey (not orange).
Reset the domain
If you used a custom domain but don't want it anymore, you can enter your old
xxx.flarum.cloud) hostname in the FreeFlarum settings.