[intro]In the most basic sense, the Domain Parked page is seen when the visitor has arrived on a shop server using a domain that the server does not recognise. There are lots of different reasons for this and in this Guide, you’ll learn how to troubleshoot any issues to ensure that your domain points correctly at your EKM online shop.[/intro]

Before you begin this Guide, it’s essential that you know who your domain provider is. If your domain is provided by a third-party, such a Google, GoDaddy, 123 Reg or 1and1 for example, you will need to log into your account with them in a separate browser tab as you may need to make changes to the settings of your domain. However, if your domain is provided by EKM Domains, simply follow the steps to troubleshoot any issues.

[remember] When making any changes to the settings on a domain with any provider, you have to wait between 24-36 hours for those settings to update and any changes you've made to become visible online. This is called propagation and although sometimes it can occur a lot faster than 24-36 hours, you will need to wait for it to take place before you can see the result of any changes made to your domain settings.[/remember]

How to find out the IP Address of your EKM online shop

You’ll also need to open a tab on your browser to log into your EKM online shop to discover the IP address of your EKM online shop. The IP Address is required to correctly point a domain at your EKM online shop. 

1. From the Dashboard page, click the Settings tab:

2. Click Domain Name on the left-hand side, beneath the Shop Settings header:

3. On this page, click Use Existing Domain Name on the far right-hand side:

4. Then you need to click ‘The domain name is currently in use’:

5. Then click ‘Use the domain name just for my new site’:

6. On this page, the bold number is the IP Address of your EKM online shop. Note this down - you will need it to check against the settings on your domain:

Pointed to the wrong EKM online shop server

Check to see if the IP Address of your EKM online shop matches the settings on the A Records set up on your domain. If your domain has two A Records set up on it but these do not match the IP Address of your EKM online shop, you must amend them accordingly.

EKM Domains:

If you have claimed your free EKM domain name, then your domain name should already be pointed at your EKM online shop. However, if you have purchased an additional domain name on EKM Domains, you may need to check the settings on it. Click here and follow this Guide.

Third-Party Domain:

If you click here, you'll be taken to a page where you can select your domain provider from one of our existing Guides. If your domain provider is not listed, simply look up instructions on your domain providers' support centre for setting up A-Records.

Cancelled shop but the domain is still pointing to the shop

If you have cancelled your EKM online shop account, you will need to point your domain to a new destination otherwise your customers will see the Domain Parked page. The providers of your new website/online shop will be able to advise what settings you need to adjust to point your domain correctly. 

Domain not added to Domain Name page in EKM online shop

1. The first thing you need to check is that your domain has been pointed assigned to your EKM online shop. From the Dashboard, click the Settings tab:

2. On this next page, click Domain Name in the top left-hand corner:

3. This is the Domain Name page, where you can see a list of all of the domains that are pointed at your EKM online shop:

4. For each domain name, you’ll see two versions of it within this area - this is because when you point your domain at your EKM online shop, you need to create two A Records; one version is for the domain name including the ‘www’ part and one is the version without the ‘www’.

In this example, you’ll see a green Active symbol listed next to each domain, which indicates that both A Records have been pointed correctly. ‘Primary’ indicates the version of the domain name which will be displayed when the customer visits my EKM online shop. Visitors will be redirected to my EKM online shop regardless of what version of the URL they type into their browser, but the primary version will be the one that is displayed when they’re viewing any pages of the shop.

5. If you don't see any version of your domain listed on this page, click Use Existing Domain Name on the far right-hand side:

6. Then you need to click ‘The domain name is currently in use’:

7. Then click ‘Use the domain name just for my new site’:

8. On this page, add your domain name - with the ‘www’s into the field provided, before clicking the green Add Domain button:

What to check for:

  • Do you have one version of your domain name set as the Primary?
  • Is there an Active symbol underneath each version of the domain name?

If your domain has been pointed correctly, you will now see both versions of your domain listed with the 'Active' symbol. If the text remains grey and there's no Active symbol, you need to amend the settings on your domain and point it correctly.

The Domain has been set up with a Forwarder instead of A-Records

If your domain is hosted by a third-party, you need to log into your account and check that your domain is using A-Records to point, and not a Forwarder instead. A Forwarder looks like a single field which, when used, will redirect the visitor to a single page. Whilst this is useful for forwarding an old domain name elsewhere whilst you wait for it to expire, it’s not what you use to link your domain name to your EKM online shop. Please refer to this Guide to set up A-Records on your domain. 

Not paid an outstanding balance on EKM Domains

If your domain is hosted by EKM Domains, you will need to pay renewal fees. You will be sent emails reminding you of this to the email address saved in the Your Details page of your EKM Domains account, so ensure that that email is a personal email address and not one built onto one of your domains, as those reminder emails may not be seen. 

1. From the Dashboard page, click the Settings tab:

2. Click Domain Name on the left-hand side, beneath the Shop Settings header:

3. Click to log into your EKM Domains account:

4. Once you’re into your EKM Domains account, click the Billing icon on the top right-hand side:

5. If there are any outstanding payments, these will be highlighted in red on this page. Click the button provided to pay the outstanding amount and your domain name will become active again within a couple of hours. 

Still using legacy default domain instead of an actual domain name

If you’ve never pointed a domain name directly at your EKM online shop and have used the default domain name instead, you will eventually see the Domain Parked page instead of the front end of your EKM online shop. To rectify this issue, you need to point a domain name at your EKM online shop by claiming your free one from EKM Domains (if you haven’t claimed it already) or purchasing one

Domain may be pointed at two different locations

EKM Domains: 

When you view the A Records on your domain, you should have either two or three:

  1. The first version - the ‘@’ version - is for people who type your domain name into their browsers without the ‘www’s at the beginning;
  2. The second A Record is for customers who type in the ‘www’s with your domain name into their browser;
  3. The third version is slightly different as the last three digits are 101. This is required if you have set up email addresses on your domain. 

Third-Party Domain:

Log into your account with your domain provider and ensure that you only have set up A Records and that there are no other settings which have been amended on your domain. Remember - you only need A Records to point your domain at your EKM online shop. 

I’ve completed all of the above checks, waited for propagation to take place and the domain is still not pointing correctly! 

Contact our Customer Support Team and they will be able to investigate this issue further for you. 

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