How to create a real estate website for your hometown – step 12

Step 12: Configure DNS, add SSL

Before we continue to create a fancy website, we would do some preparations. Building a website sometimes is like building sewage system or a highway or bridge, it requires many ground work and it is nothing fancy. But only with those foundations on the back-end will we have a fantastic website on the front-end.

The Google Domains DNS setting did not configure DNS automatically for you. So here you will need to add a couple of lines so that you have ‘www’ in addition to non-www. If you want your website to show as abc.om and not www.abc.com, then you don’t need to do that.

Bluehost gives you free SSL – so that your website will have https in addition to http. This is essential especially when customers are paying with a credit card. It is also a must because Google search engine very soon will show a website only if it is https. Theoretically, it should be already implemented on Bluehost and you don’t need to do anything. But I always find it necessary to click ‘support’ link and chat with a tech support to have SSL re-installed again. So you possibly will need to do the same here. To check whether your SSL is installed correctly, go to http://yourdomain.com and https://yourdomain.com and you will be able to see that.