Horizon supports private domains, which means you can upload your files to your own domain name while benefitting from all the features Horizon Pics has to offer. This can be useful if you plan on hosting images for business purposes, or if you just want to show off your domain name.
This feature is exclusive to Horizon Everest users. If you are not subscribed to Horizon Everest, you can do so in your Dashboard by clicking the Upgrade button in your navigation bar.
Horizon currently does not support private subdomains. If we choose to enable private subdomains in the future, this article will still serve as a guide to adding them. However, due to technical complications, you can only add whole domains at this time.
If you already have a domain name you would like to add to Horizon, you can skip this step.
Do not use Cloudflare Registrar as it will not allow you to change its nameservers unless you transfer out to another registrar.
Njal.la domain registrar may not work for everyone. We recommend using another domain registrar.
Once you've purchased your domain name, let it sit for a while to propogate to global DNS servers so we can add it to Horizon later. This process usually only takes 10 minutes, so walk away from your computer and brew some coffee while you wait.
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The steps to modify your DNS is dependent on your domain registrar, but the concepts should be the same.
Make sure you follow the correct steps. A whole domain is something like
example.com, while a subdomain looks like
sub.example.com. If you want to serve images on both
example.comand ANY subdomain, you want to add your whole domain. If you only want to serve images on a specific subdomain, like
images.example.com, you want to only add this subdomain.
After you set your nameservers, it may take additional time to actually propogate and get working on Horizon. If it doesn't work right away, don't worry. Just wait a bit.
If you want to add an entire domain to Horizon to unlock the ability to serve images on wildcards (
anysubdomain.example.com), follow the steps below.
Make sure your subdomain is not a sub-subdomain (
sub2.sub1.example.com). Horizon is not compatible with these domains.
If you only want to serve images on a specific subdomain (
yoursubdomain.example.com), follow the steps below.
CNAMErecord pointing to
CNAME, for that subdomain.
Let's make sure we didn't mess up our DNS.
If you see IP addresses there, that means you probably did it correctly.
If you're able to view your image or file through the provided link, congratulations! You've added a private domain to Horizon. Now show it off to your friends and tell them about how awesome Horizon is. Thanks for being an Everest subscriber!