When you’re ready to publish your publication, you’ll notice 2 options for hosting, depending on your license.

  1. The default Foleon hostname
  2. A custom domain

We’ll talk about these 2 options and their respective URL structure and behavior in more detail in this article.

In this article

  • Using the default hostname
  • Using a custom domain

Using the default hostname

By default, your publications live on the following URL:

https://account-alias.foleon.com/project-alias/publication-alias/page-alias

Let’s break this URL down:

  • https://, the default hostname is always encrypted with SSL/TLS.
  • account-alias, the account alias is a hyphenated version of the company name you enter when creating an account. If you want to change your account alias, please contact support@foleon.com. Keep in mind that changing this will affect all publications in your account.
  • foleon.com, publications live on our domain by default. Depending on your license, you can also choose to publish on a custom (sub) domain instead.
  • project-alias, the project alias is a hyphenated version of the name of the project (previously known as publication groups) a publication lives in. You change it through a project's settings but keep in mind that changing this will affect all publications within that project.
  • publication-alias, the publication alias is a hyphenated version of a publication name. You can change it through a publication’s settings.
  • page-alias, the page alias is a hyphenated version of a page name. You can change it through a page’s settings.

The publication and page aliases allow you to link to specific publications and pages. Make sure you include these in the URLs you share.

Let’s talk about what happens when, for whatever reason, any part of this URL is incorrect or missing:

  • account-alias, if the account alias is incorrect visitors will be prompted with a Foleon 404 page.
  • foleon.com, if the domain is incorrect visitors will be prompted with a browser error page.
  • project-alias, if the project alias is incorrect or missing visitors will be prompted with a Foleon 404 page.
  • publication-alias, if the publication alias is incorrect or missing, visitors will be directed to the most recent published publication within the project. You can decide which publication visitors get redirected to by setting a publication of your choosing to Show as first. Read more about how this works in our article: About publication context menus > Show as first.
  • page-alias, if the page alias is incorrect or missing visitors will be redirected to the first page of the publication.

Using your custom domain

Next to using the default hostname, you can also choose to publish on a custom domain instead. This can either be a subdomain or domain. In either case, URLs will look something like this:

http(s)://your-subdomain.your-domain.your-top-level-domain/publication-alias/page-alias

Let’s break this URL down:

  • http(s)://, depending on the protocol of your domain publications will either live on HTTP or HTTPS. If your domain is secured, you can install your SSL/TLS certificate through the publishing settings. Read more about setting up SSL/TLS on a custom domain in our article: Setting up SSL/TLS for a custom domain.
  • your-subdomain.your-domain, you can either publish on a subdomain or root domain. Read more about using a custom domain in our article: Hosting on a custom domain.
  • your-top-level-domain, you can publish on any top-level domain (e.g. .com/.nl/.de).
  • publication-alias, the publication alias is a hyphenated version of a publication name. You can change it through a publication’s settings.
  • page-alias, the page alias is a hyphenated version of a page name. You can change it through a page’s settings.

The publication and page aliases let you link to specific publications and pages. Make sure you include these in the URLs you share.

Let’s talk about what happens when, for whatever reason, any part of this URL is incorrect or missing:

  • http(s)://, what happens when a visitor navigates to http/https is based on your domain’s protocol. If your domain is secured, you can install your SSL/TLS certificate through the publishing settings. Read more about setting up SSL/TLS on a custom domain in our article: Setting up SSL/TLS for a custom domain.
  • your-subdomain.your-domain.your-top-level-domain, if any of these are incorrect or missing visitors will be prompted with a browser error page.
  • publication-alias, if the publication alias is incorrect or missing, visitors will be directed to the most recent published publication within the project. You can decide which publication visitors get redirected to by setting a publication of your choosing to Show as first. Read more about how this works in our article: About publication context menus > Show as first.
  • page-alias, if the page alias is incorrect or missing visitors will be redirected to the first page of the publication.

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