Generate and Install SSL Certificate For Your Custom Domains

Once you start using custom domains (recommend) for your Buying and Selling websites you’ll want to install an SSL certificate for that custom domain. More and more internet browsers, search engines, and virus scan software promote the use of the secured https protocol and without having an SSL certificate some web visitors will see unsecured connection disclaimer when they visit your websites.

NOTE: Websites with a SSL certificate installed will display a padlock symbol to the left of the web address when being viewed in a browser with the https:// protocol.

How To Generate A SSL Certificate?

We provide you with two free SSL certificates, one for your Buying Site and one for your Selling Site. To install the free certificate first configure your custom domains by following the instructions posted here.

Once your custom domain has been set, click the button that says ‘Click Here To Secure Your Domain‘.


Then click the ‘Generate SSL‘ button.

It will take a few minutes for the SSL to generate and install and in the time period you will see an animated loading .gif.


How To Generate and Install Your Own SSL (OPTIONAL)

Even though we give you the option to generate a free SSL certificate, you can also generate and install one for yourself.

To do this follow this 3-step process…

STEP 1 – GET THE CSR: First, you need to generate a .cert file and in order to do this, you need a .csr file from us that contains some required information.

Click either the ‘Click Here To Secure Your Domain‘ button on the confirmation page of the Change Domain screen, or the ‘Secure Your Domain‘ button under ‘Customize> Website Settings – Buying‘ or the ‘Customize> Website Settings – Selling‘ screen.

Click the ‘Generate and Install Your Own SSL Certificate‘ section to toggle that area open.

Click the ‘CSR file‘ link in step 1 to generate and download the Certificate Signing Request (CSR) file.

STEP 2) GENERATE THE CERT FILE: Using the .csr file that we provide to you, you can now generate the .cert file by purchasing a SSL certificate from a 3rd party provider like GoDaddy. (NOTE: If you are not technically inclined, we recommend that you go with goDaddy for this step as they can help you generate the certificate over the phone vs. other providers only give you a self-service set of instructions that you need to follow.)

Generating SSL With GoDaddy:

Below we have referenced the instructions for generating the .cert file with goDaddy depending on which type of SSL certificate you have purchased with them.

TypeGenerating SSL – Next steps (Instructional Reference)
goDaddy Standard Assurance SSL certificateRequest an SSL certificate (Standard Assurance)
goDaddy Deluxe or Extended Validation certificatesRequest an SSL certificate (Deluxe or Extended Validation)

STEP 3) INSTALL THE SSL: Click the ‘Upload .CRT File‘ button under step 3 to install the SSL certificate on to your account.

Once the certificate has been installed you can go to the https:// version of your website to view the secure connection and certificate.

Go to the https:// version of your site and then click the grey padlock icon to the left of your web address. Click the ‘Certificate’ option to view your certificate details…
Example: SSL Certificate

NOTE: SSL Certificates are domain specific, so if you have a custom Buying Site and Selling Site domain as we recommend, you will need to install an SSL for both custom domains.

How To Change 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 this:

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

Can you imagine slapping that address on your letter to an owner?
It won’t look too pretty.

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…

STEP 1 – Register A Domain And Point It To Our Server

First, you must register your domain with a domain registrar like 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.

IMPORTANT: You must point your registered domains to our server first. To do this ask your domain registrar (i.e. GoDaddy.com or whoever you bought your domain from) to point the www CNAME record to investmentdominator.com

NOTE: Both the host @ record as well as the www. DNS record will need to be pointed to investmentdominator.com .

Instructions for goDaddy.com

NOTE: You can use any domain registrar that you like however, we recommend and provide only the instructions to configure this under goDaddy.com, so you will need to apply the DNS setting changes that we mention below to your domain registrar’s control panel and you may need to contact their support in order to properly configure the CNAME record and Forward. 

  1. Log in to goDaddy.com and navigate to your My Products page.
  2. If you aren’t automatically directed there, make sure to select the My Products tab: 
    here is the other way to get to domains:
  3. Click Domain Manager, Or under Domain Products select Manage next to the domain you would like to configure.
  4. From the top menu, click the DNS tab, and select Manage Zones:
  5. Enter the custom domain name you want to use and click Search.
  6. On the DNS Management page, in the Records section, click the Click pencil icon on existing MX records (pencil icon) next to CNAME record. 
  7. Change the ‘Points to’ value to investmentdominator.com and click Save.
  8. Change the ‘TTL‘ option to ‘Custom’ and enter in 600.
  9. Click the ‘Save‘ option to continue.
  10. Scroll down to the Forwarding section and click on Add next to the Domain section:
  11. Enter in your custom domain starting with the www. in the blank text box to the under the FORWARD TO section.
  12. Select the Permanent (301) option.
  13. Check the Update my nameservers and DNS settings to support this change option.
  14. Click Save.

TEST: To see if you have completed this step properly when you go to your new domain address in a web browser you should see the main page of the InvestmentDominator.com come up. If you see this you know you have completed step 1 and you can move on to step 2 below…

STEP 2 – Map Your Domain To Your APP

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.

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.

NOTE: Make sure to keep the http://www. part of your domain in there so the value should look like http://www.YourDomain.com 

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

IMPORTANT!: Once you change your buying site domain your login link also changes to become your buying site domain PLUS /my
For example, http://www.YourDomain.com/my will be your new login link. (Your username and password stay the same).