With SharpSpring, you have the ability to create powerful landing pages, built to convert, quickly and easily. For this particular use case, we want to be able to link out to those landing pages we’ve built in SharpSpring. We’ll cover how to get the URL for those pages in this tutorial.
**You must have CNAME settings configured before using this method to obtain landing page URL.**
Getting the Landing Page URL
Step 1: Navigate to Pages and select Landing Pages
Step 2: If you’ve already built the landing page, navigate to the page you’d like to link to and click the pencil icon. This will take you to the Landing Page Editor. If it’s a new page, select the gray Options button, and choose New Landing Pages. Name your funnel and choose how many pages you’d like to include in the funnel. Click Create Funnel.
Step 3: Click on the Page Settings menu item on the left hand side.
Step 4: Under the Funnel Slug section, this will be what is appended to the URL after the domain to link to the top-level page in your funnel. For example, if we were building out a landing page on the domain blog.bryantobin.com and we had a landing page with the funnel slug “google-analytics”, our URL string would be blog.bryantobin.com/google-analytics .
Note: Just including the funnel slug will link to the top page in your funnel. If you had a use case for wanting to link to a sub-page in your funnel, the URL string would look a bit different.
The URL would be the domain, followed by the funnel slug, followed by the hyphenated Page Title with .html appended on the end. If we had for example, a three page funnel with the funnel slug “google-analytics”, with “Page One”, “Page Two”, and “Page Three” as the Page Titles and we wanted to link to Page Two, our URL would look as follows: blog.bryantobin.com/google-analytics/page-two.html .
To view the live version of this page, click the gray drop-down menu at the top right corner of the landing page designer, and click Visit live page.
Deleting .pages.services from your landing page URL
Every landing page will have a default .pages.services attached to the end of the landing page site that you just set up.
You will therefore need to add a CNAME record to your tracked site in order to get rid of the .pages.services within the URL. You MUST be able to log in to where your site’s domain is registered. For example, if you bought your domain through GoDaddy, you must have full access (admin username/password) to GoDaddy to create the CNAME record.
- For example, if your tracked site is www.domain.com and you’ve set up subdomain.domain.com as your landing page site, then your landing pages will have automatically have the SharpSpring URL subdomain.domain.com.pages.services
IMPORTANT! In order for tracking activity to appear in SharpSpring for the landing page site, you will need to ensure the CNAME record has been properly setup.
Adding/Editing a CNAME Record
Step One: Log in to your domain host (ie GoDaddy, NameCheap, BlueHost, etc)
Step Two: Locate domain settings, CNAME settings, or DNS management -- sometimes labeled as Manage Domains or DNS Records (may be under advanced settings)
Step Three: Navigate to where you are able you to add CNAME records/alias and navigate to where you can Add CNAME record
Step Four: Enter your landing page site as the host or alias, and the SharpSpring URL as the value destination or points to link
|Value Destination/Points To:
In the example below, the tracked site in SharpSpring is www.bryantobin.com and we have created learn.bryantobin.com as the landing page site. Here, we have created a CNAME record in GoDaddy where learn.bryantobin.com points to Learn.bryantobin.com.pages.services.
That’s it! All you have to do is locate CNAME settings in your domain host, add a CNAME record, and you’re good to go!