This is a bit unusual release as it relates only to customers on cloud edition however it’s worth mentioning.
Currently, all customers access Manager Cloud using their
*.manager.io URL. Starting today, if you are using cloud edition, you can hook up custom domain name to Manager Cloud at no additional cost.
In other words, if your cloud edition URL is currently
yourbusinessname.manager.io, it can be changed to
accounting.yourbusinessname.com or anything you like. This means your URL doesn’t have to contain
manager.io branding anymore.
The instructions are pretty generic. Basically all you need to do is to setup CNAME record for your custom domain which will point to your Manager Cloud URL. That’s it.
Log into your domain provider’s site, and find where you manage your DNS settings. Depending on your provider, this may be called Zone File Settings, Manage Domains, Domain Manager, DNS Manager, or something similar.
Here, you’ll create new record so your subdomain correctly links to Manager Cloud.
In your provider’s DNS manager, create a CNAME record with these values:
Name, Alias or Host Name: Your subdomain. For example, if you’re connecting
accounting.yourbusinessname.com, you should enter just
- Type or Record Type: CNAME or CNAME Alias
Value or Points to:
yourbusinessname.manager.io(this is your URL in cloud edition)
- TTL or Time to Live: Set TTL to 1 hour (3600 seconds)
Every DNS manager is different, for example this is how I’d set up custom domain
accounting.luboshasko.com so it points to
lubos.manager.io in my DNS manager.
Depending on your provider, it can take between 5 minutes to 24 hours for custom domain to be active. When you navigate to your custom domain, Manager Cloud will automatically download and install SSL certificate from Let’s encrypt so your connection will be still safe and secure.
Here is how it looks after setting up my custom domain
With addition of custom domains, we have also removed unnecessary
manager.io branding from cloud edition. If you are using custom domains, your restricted users will see your custom URL and no reference to www.manager.io.
This is especially useful for accounting firms or bookkeepers whose clients might have been reluctant to do their books under
.manager.io domain which they are not familiar with but they are willing to do their books under your domain name which they recognize and trust.
Give it a go and see how it works for you.
If you don’t have cloud edition and would like to test this feature, you can sign up for free trial at https://www.manager.io/cloud/