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 Optin Page/ Selling Site Theme

In addition to the two built-in Selling 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 themes with other 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, you can hire a front-end HTML and CSS developer on sites like Fiverr.com or Upwork.com that can take a visual design that you have in mind and code it using those web languages.

Ok, Let’s Get Started

  1. Download this Sample Selling Site Theme template which contains all of the built-in merge fields to call in things like the Optin Form that we use in our default themes.

    You can use these merge fields to pull in information or functions used in the Investment Dominator.

Sample Selling Site Themes:

2. Use basic HTML and CSS to design your layout, then reference the merge fields as needed within your page structure.

Your theme should include the following files (required):

  • header.html
  • img/
  • src/
  • footer.html
  • index.html
  • listings.html
  • preview.jpg
  • optin-page

Common files and directories include (optional):

  • contact-us.html
  • thank-you.html
  • contact-thank-you.html
  • deals.html
  • styles.css
  • script.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:

[selling-theme-path]

3. Compress your theme files into a .zip folder then upload that folder under ‘Customize> Website Settings – Selling> Optin Page‘ 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 a screenshot of the theme is automatically generated based on your index.html 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.

Selling Site Merge Fields

[selling-site-menu]

[selling-title]

[selling-logo]

[selling-description]

[selling-banner-text]

[selling-banner-image]

[selling-banner]

[optin-form button_text=’CUSTOM BUTTON TEXT’ confirmation_url=’/thank-you.html’ input_fields=’c_fname, c_lname, c_email, c_phone, c_zip’]

[optin-page-text]

[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]

[company-fax]

[selling-site-footer]

[optin-page-form-custom]

[selling-site-menu-json]

[selling-theme-path]

[property-search]

[property-listing-map]

[page-title]

[current-date]

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:

System Merge Fields

The Investment Dominator equips you with the ability to create your own Custom Documents, Custom Website Pages, and Custom Blog and Property Posts. When creating these custom templates you can utilize system merge fields to dynamically pull in data from an Owner Record, Property Record, Contact Record, Your Company Information, or Profile.

Here is a list of system Merge Fields that you can use to output data on to your custom website pages, posts, and documents:

  • You can perform basic calculations with any numeric field in the system. To do this you must surround your calculation with double parentheses. For example the calculation for the Net To Seller amount is (([property-price]-[property-backtaxes]))
    • Operators include: + – / *
  • To output your value as a currency then place USD in front of your calculation for example: USD(([property-price]-[property-backtaxes])) will output the calculated value in the form of USD.
  • You can calculate a future date by adding the number of days to any date merge field in the system for example [current-date+7] will output the date of seven days in the future.
  • Some merge fields have option variables that you can include inside the merge field to add functionality to them. For example [optin-form confirmation_url=’/custom-page’] allows you to set a custom confirmation page URL for the Optin Form that is created when you use the merge field.

How To Customize The Look of Your Built-In Websites

In this two-part video tutorial we explain how to customize the look of your built-in websites using both the basic customization controls that are built into the Investment Dominator Admin Console under the ‘Customize> Website Settings – Buying‘ and ‘Customize> Website Settings – Selling’ areas as well as in part two, some advanced customizations you can make to your websites using CSS scripts.

NOTE: We do not recommend that you make CSS customizations to your websites and if you do, you do so at your own risk. If your websites become unresponsive or display an undesired look after you make your custom CSS modifications, you can remove your modifications from the ‘Customize> Website Settings> Website Header Tracking Code‘ area to reset the sites back to their default styles.

NOTE: In the 2nd part of this video we do not cover displays issues on mobile devices or tablets. You will need to make sure your CSS coder accounts for this and adds media queries to the style script that will adjust the look based on the screen size.
Reference: https://www.w3schools.com/css/css_rwd_mediaqueries.asp