Configuring your domain for a Behance ProSite website

So you have created a website with Behance and now need to configure your domain name at Gandi so that it displays your website.

After having finished configuring your Gandi domain for your Behance ProSite website, you will need to make some technical changes to your domain at Behance (see Step 3 below). For security purposes, Gandi cannot perform these changes for you.

Step 1: Log into your domain name

You will need to log in to with the Gandi handle listed as the domain's owner, administrative, or technical contact (trouble logging in?).

If you have registered your domain name directly with Behance or another reseller, they may have created and manage a Gandi handle on your behalf. If this is the case, you will see a message on our website saying that you do not have sufficient rights, and you will need to contact them to either make the changes on your behalf or release your Gandi handle so you can make them yourself.

Step 2: Change your zone file

You now need to make a change or two to your DNS zone file so that your domain points at your website.

There are two ways of doing this:

  1. Adding an A record so the www subdomain points to (or whatever IP Behance/ProSite has assigned you), or
  2. Adding a CNAME record pointing to (where yourportfolioname is replaced by the name of your own portfolio).

Adding records

To add the A record or CNAME record, you need to first make an editable copy of your zone file (see instructions).

The entry or entries you need to add will look something like one of these (check your Behance/ProSite account to be sure):

www 10800 IN A
www 10800 IN CNAME

If you want to link another subdomain instead of www (i.e. just replace www above with portfolio.

When adding a CNAME record, don't forget the dot (.) at the end of or it won't work!

Don't forget to add an A record for the bare domain, in addition to the www subdomain as above (unless you've added web forwarding to redirect to

@ 10800 IN A

Which entries you add depends on your own site's configuration.

Example of a zone

Here is an example of a zone file for a domain that will bring visitors to a ProSite/Behance website:

www 10800 IN A
@ 10800 IN A
@ 10800 IN MX 50 
@ 10800 IN MX 10 
imap 10800 IN CNAME 
smtp 10800 IN CNAME 
webmail 10800 IN CNAME 
blog 10800 IN CNAME 
pop 10800 IN CNAME 

After you submit and activate your new zone file, please be sure to wait three hours for the zone to be updated with the new information, as the changes are not seen immediately due to DNS propagation delays. When propagation is complete (you will able to tell by your domain name's behavior), proceed to step 3.

Step 3: Update your Behance ProSite settings

Enter your custom domain on ProSite in Settings → Change Domain.

Your domain name should then display your portfolio website.

Step 4: Add web forwarding (optional)

You may want certain domain names to automatically redirect visitors to the address you configured above. If so, just add a web forwarding entry for each domain or subdomain you want to be redirected.

See also

Last modified: 08/03/2012 at 20:53 by Amy B. (Gandi)