How To Configure Your Website’s Domain – (Custom Domains)

The Investment Dominator comes with integrated buying and selling websites. By default, the URL (web address) of these sites will be something like the following:

www.investmentdominator.com/rei-crm/crm-00001/

Can you imagine slapping that address on your letter to an owner? This would definitely not convey a professional looking site URL.

Therefore many users, choose to purchase their own custom domains from a domain registrar like GoDaddy.com and then point that domain to their Investment Dominator account. In other words, when the person types in the custom domain that you purchased (i.e. www.YourDomain.com) it will send them to your buying, or selling site.

Configuring your custom domains involves a 2-step process. Please follow the instructions below to configure both your Buying Website and Selling website(s) in the Investment Dominator.

Note: In the following example we are using domain provider GoDaddy.Com with instructions.

Step 1) Register A Domain And Point It To Our Server

Execute the following to register your purchased Domain on the domain provider’s site, (i.e. GoDaddy, Name Cheap, REI Black Book etc.). In this example access GoDaddy.com.

We recommend that you register one domain for your buying site and another domain for your selling site. The reason we use two separate domains is that the people going to these two sites are in very different markets and have very different mindsets about real estate, so your domains should reflect that mindset that they are in.

1. Log in to GoDaddy.com and navigate to your My Products page using the following logon screen as shown:

2. If you aren’t automatically directed there, make sure to select the My Products tab as shown:

3. Click Domain Manager, Or under Domain Products select Manage next to the domain you would like to configure as shown:

Note: The system will display the following screen as shown:

4. From the top menu, click the DNS tab, and select Manage Zones as shown:

Note: The following SEARCH box will display for entry of domain name as shown:

5. Begin to enter the custom domain name you want to use and select the domain, click Search as shown:

6.  On the DNS Management page, in the Records section, click the Click pencil icon on existing MX records (pencil icon) next to CNAME (www) record as shown:

7. Change the ‘Points to’ value to investmentdominator.com, change ‘TTL’ to Custom and ‘Seconds’ to 600 as shown:                            

8. Click the ‘Save‘ option to continue.

9. Scroll down to the Forwarding section and click on Add next to the Domain section as shown:

10. Enter in your custom domain starting with the www. in the blank text box to the under the FORWARD TO section.

11. Select the Permanent (301) option.

12. Check the Update my nameservers and DNS settings to support this change option.

13. Click Save.

Step 2) Map Your Domain To Your APP In Investment Dominator

1. After you have pointed your domain(s) DNS to the correct IP Address, you can map your domains to your Investment Dominator CRM. To do this, log into your Investment Dominator app and click on the “Customize Site” button at the top.

2. Then scroll down to the section labeled ‘Website Settings – Buying‘ or ‘Website Settings – Selling‘ sections and enter your domain in the ‘Buying Site Domain‘ and/or ‘Selling Site Domain‘ boxes

3. Click the ‘Change Your Domain‘ button, on the next screen review and confirm the change and your new domain will be saved.

Create Your Own Custom Buying Site Theme

In addition to the two built-in Buying Site themes (Legacy and 2.0) that come with the Investment Dominator system, you can design and develop your own custom themes and even share those custom themes with other Investment Dominator users.

To create a custom theme you need to know a little about HTML and CSS. If you are not familiar with what that is, we recommend that you find and hire an HTML/ CSS developer (also called a Front End Developer). You can find front end developers on websites like Fiverr.com or Upwork.com that can take a visual design that you have in mind and code it using HTML and CSS.

Ok, Let’s Get Started

1. Download one of these Sample Buying Site Theme templates listed below which will give you, or your theme developer, a good idea on how to use our merge codes/ webhooks to developed a custom look/layout for your buying website.

Sample Buying Site Themes:

2. Use basic HTML and CSS to design your layout, use merge fields (listed below) as needed within your HTML to utilize the built-in functions of the Investment Dominator.

Your theme should include the following files (required):

  • header.html
  • footer.html
  • index.html
  • preview.jpg

Common files and directories include (optional):

  • contact-us.html
  • sell-your-land.html
  • sell-your-house.html
  • img/
  • src/
    • styles.css
    • scripts.js

It is best practice to include all website elements and resources within your theme folder so that it is a self-contained directory with no external references.

Paths should be relative to the theme path which can be referenced via the below merge field:

[buying-theme-path]

3. Compress your theme files into a .zip folder then upload that folder under ‘Customize> Website Settings – Buying> Select Your Buying Site Theme‘ and click the ‘UPLOAD CUSTOM THEME‘ option.

NOTE: The filename of the .zip file you upload will be the name of the theme when it is uploaded and the thumbnail of the theme is pulled from the preview.jpg file you must include in your .zip file.

When the custom theme uploads it will appear below the built-in theme options like this:

4. Click the custom theme to highlight and select it, then click the blue ‘Update Site‘ button at the bottom of the page to save the change.

Buying Site Merge Fields

Here is a list of merge fields you can reference in your custom theme files.

[buying-site-menu]

[buying-site-footer]

[buying-title]

[buying-logo]

[buying-home-text]

[buying-description]

[buying-banner-text]

[buying-banner-image]

[buying-banner]

[sell-your-land-banner-text]

[sell-your-land-banner-image]

[sell-your-land-banner]

[sell-your-house-banner-text]

[sell-your-house-banner-image]

[sell-your-house-banner]

[sell-your-land-page-text]

[sell-your-land-form]

[sell-your-house-page-text]

[sell-your-house-form]

[contact-us-page-text]

[contact-us-form]

[current-date]

[popup]PUT YOUR POPUP CONTENT HERE – (DO NOT USE MERGE POST DATA)[/popup]

[popup-link]POPUP LINK[/popup-link]

[my-company-agent-firstname]

[my-company-agent-lastname]

[my-company-agent-phone]

[my-company-name]

[my-company-phone]

[my-company-email]

[my-company-address]

[my-company-city]

[my-company-state]

[my-company-zip]

[my-company-site]

[my-letter-ps-line]

[my-firstname]

[my-lastname]

[my-email]

[my-signature]

[my-agency-disclosure]

[offer-phone]

[offer-email]

[company-fax]

[contact-us-form-custom]

[sell-your-land-form-step-one]

[sell-your-land-form-step-two]

[sell-your-house-form-step-one]

[sell-your-house-form-step-two]

[buying-site-menu-json]

[buying-theme-path]

How To Change The Look and Layout (Theme) of The Buying Site

The Investment Dominator system comes with two built-in Buying Site Themes a Legacy theme and a 2.0 theme as well as the option to create and upload your own custom theme. A theme controls the look and layout (design) of the website. For example, it controls what the menu, header, banner area, footer, and page structure looks like to the website visitor.

Changing your Buying Site Theme is easy to do, simply go to ‘Customize> Website Settings – Buying> Select Your Buying Site Theme‘:

Click on the theme option you want to change to:

Scroll down to the end of the page and click the blue ‘Update Site‘ button to save the changes.

To view the changes click ‘My Sites> Buying Site‘:

Your Buying Site with your new theme will load on a browser new tab: