Setting or Updating the Name in Your Profile
Can I Schedule a Demo?
The HelpDocs Trial
Setting Up a Custom Domain
Setting the URL Style for your Articles
Switching Between Multiple Accounts
Adding or Changing Your Profile Image
Logging In To Your HelpDocs
Understanding Smart 404 Pages
Understanding Top Articles
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Adding an HTML Block
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Using Code Blocks
Getting Started with Content Blocks
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Moving an Article to a Different Category
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What is Readability?
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Delete a Category
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Creating a Subcategory
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Using a Background Image in the Header
Making Tables Scroll When They're Too Wide for the Page
How to Change the Logo Link
How to Add Extra Spacing
Add HTML Before the Closing Body Tag
Customizing Feedback Icons
Condense Top Article Spacing on Bars V4
Custom HTML Templates
Understanding the Contact Form
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Hiding the Contact Button
Customizing an Article Slug, Meta Description & Short Version
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Setting Article Display Order
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Featuring a Category
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Hosting HelpDocs at a Subfolder of Your Site
Adding an Open Graph Fallback Image
Choosing a Template
Testing Customizations with .dev
Adding Cookie Consent
Customizing How Machine Translations Work
Understanding Machine Translation Credits
Automatically Translate Articles with Machine Translations
Setting Up Multilingual
Understanding Multilingual Translation
Creating and Managing Permission Groups
Getting Started with Permissioning
Assigning Permission Groups to Categories
Assigning Permission Groups to Articles
Removing Permission Groups from Articles
Setting Up Two-Factor Authentication
Setting Up and Using SAML Single Sign-On
Restricting your HelpDocs with Custom JWT SSO
Using OpenID Connect for Single Sign On
Configuring Slack Single Sign On
Restricting Your Docs to Logged In Users
Shared Password Protection
Accessing User Data in HelpDocs
Data & Analytics
Getting Team Event History with Audit Trail
Understanding Articles Clicked
What are Tickets Avoided?
Exporting Your Stats
What is the Happiness Score?
Lighthouse Widget API
Integrating Lighthouse with Live Chat Providers
Adding Lighthouse Trigger Buttons to Webflow
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Subscribing to a Plan for the First Time
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How do I change my email?
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Can I host my API docs in HelpDocs?
Will translated articles be deleted if I remove that language?
My Article Has a Blank Space to the Left. What's Wrong?
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I'm getting 'Your connection is not private' on my custom domain
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Why isn't my contact form showing up?
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Finding CSS Selectors in Your Browser
Clearing the Cache in Your Browser
Writing Clear and Digestible Knowledge Base Articles
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- Knowledge Base
- Getting Started
- Setting Up a Custom Domain
Setting Up a Custom Domain
Updated by Taylor Sloane
Every HelpDocs customer gets a custom subdomain that looks a little like this:
It's yours—go wild.
Our subdomains make a lotta sense for customers already, but if you want to take the customer experience from good to great, you'll want to set up a custom domain. For example:
It's super simple to set up a custom domain for your HelpDocs, but if you're not comfortable with DNS and CNAMEs, forward this article to your developers.
Setting up your custom domain
Set up a CNAME record
The first step is to log into your DNS provider (e.g. Route 53, GoDaddy, etc.) and set up a new CNAME record for the subdomain you'd like your HelpDocs to be available at. This should be pointed to
domains.helpdocs.io, not to your HelpDocs subdomain, and have the lowest possible TTL setting.
Let us know where
You'll need to tell us what domain will be accessing your HelpDocs. It's only a couple seconds' work, and you'll need to head to your account Settings.
Then type your custom domain into the marked field, and hit Save Changes. Easy as that.
Sit back and wait
Sadly some DNS providers aren't as fast to respond as we are 🙁 So depending on your provider you may need to wait up to 48 hours for the changes to be applied. Don't worry though—you can still access your HelpDocs at your subdomain, and they won't be interrupted.
Add SSL to Your Custom Domain 🔒
All HelpDocs plans come with free custom domain SSL as standard. There's nothing for you to pay on your end and all it takes is a click of a button. Here's how to request SSL for your shiny new custom domain.
- Make sure your custom domain is already working non-SSL
- Head to Settings > General
- Next to Custom Domain, click on Request SSL
- It should take a couple seconds to issue your certificateIf your certificate still isn't appearing when you visit your docs after several hours contact support and we can help you debug 🐛
- If the SSL was successful the Request SSL button will disappear and you'll see
https://in the prefix of the field
letsencrypt.orgto your CAA record if you have one.
Moving a Domain to HelpDocs with Zero Downtime
It's possible to move your docs to HelpDocs with zero downtime in most cases.
- Enter your custom domain in HelpDocs Settings > General and hit Save
- Switch the CNAME on your domain to point to
domains.helpdocs.io(exactly as written, not replacing for your subdomain)
- Wait for your custom domain to show HelpDocs when you access it
- Optional: Generate an SSL certificate for your domain in Settings > General by hitting the Request SSL button
If you had an SSL certificate before, there will be difficulties accessing your docs for people that’ve visited before until that SSL cert is issued. If not, it’ll just start working seamlessly.