Domain name configuration
When you sign up for a Hydra account we will ask you for your intended domain name (e.g. www.google.co.uk). Each Hydra blog can be configured to serve many domain names (so you may have multiple domain names for your blog if desired), however the default installation is configured only to serve the domain name you tell us about at sign-up time.
The default setup will allow serving of both 'www.yourdomain.com' and 'yourdomain.com'. There is no SSL available on our default Hydra installation, although SSL is available at extra cost if you require it for your blog. This means that by default, http://www.yourdomain.com and http://yourdomain.com will be setup within Hydra to serve your blog.
The configuration within Hydra (and on our webservers) is only half the required domain name setup as the domain's 'A' records need to be configured to point to our webserver. Setting up an 'A' record is easy to do and we have outlined the process below.
Who owns the domain name?
We recommend that you purchase and manage your domain names separately via 123-reg. We can purchase and manage domain names on your behalf if you'd prefer, but we do highy reccommend that you keep control of your domain names. This is because domain names for popular sites can become very valuable and it would be in your interest to ensure that you have control over them.
During the Hydra sign up process you will be asked if you want us to purchase (and configure) a domain name on your behalf. If you do, then you will be invoiced for the cost of the domain name registration, and for the renewal costs. Failure to pay those invoices will result in the domain name being freed back to 123-reg. Obviously we can only purchase domains for you that are available, so you should check the availability of a domain via 123-reg first.
How do I configure the 'A' record?
Follow these instructions from 123-reg, but set the 'Destination IPv4 address' to 188.8.131.52 (which is our web server's IP address).
Apply for Hydra blog of your own
To apply for a Hydra blog of your own, you need to register an account with us.
I already have Hydra and need some help
Hydra is designed to be simple, intuitive and easy to use, it's also optimised for mobiles, tablets and large screens. If you need some help with your Hydra blog then we have written some guides below that may help you if you have any questions
If none of these guides help, then you contact us and we'll be happy to help.
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What TLDs can I use?
You can use any valid TLD, so .com, .co.uk, .uk, .online, etc are all allowed. Some TLDs have restrictions, so you should check that you are eligible for the TLD. We suggest using 123-reg to check for the availability and eligibility of the TLD you'd like to use. If you are (as recommended) purchasing your own domain name, then any TLD you can purhase and are eligible for via 123-reg is valid for use in Hydra.
How do I add more that one domain to my blog?
Firstly, register any additional domains you would like and configure the a records as described on this page. Then you need to log in to your Hydra blog, click 'Site settings' (which appears when you hover over the logged in user's name in the top right corner of your blog) and scroll down to the 'Host names' section. Add any additional names you need. Finally, you need to contact us and tell us the new domain names are pointed at our servers so that we can configure our web server.