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Hi,

 

I have a site that I have built and its on a domain that I use for my business, www.ambientlife.co.uk 
I noted that if I look at the site code it shows the old Squarespace domain in there from when I first started the account and I read on the help pages that you can change this at anytime. However when I look at doing that there is a warning that it could affect links etc and as I am very new to all this I wanted some solid advice before I go and break something! 

<!-- This is Squarespace. --><!-- red-rose-3mdf -->

Am I okay to change this to something like 'AmbientLife' rather than what it is now, I looked somebody else's site that has their own domain and saw they had clearly changed theres to something more inline with who they were. 

Code example below. 

 

Many thanks in advance.

Tim 

 

 

<!doctype html>
  <html xmlns:og="http://opengraphprotocol.org/schema/" xmlns:fb="http://www.facebook.com/2008/fbml" lang="en-GB" >
  <head>
  <meta http-equiv="X-UA-Compatible" content="IE=edge,chrome=1">
  <meta name="viewport" content="width=device-width, initial-scale=1">
  <!-- This is Squarespace. --><!-- red-rose-3mdf -->
  <base href="">
  <meta charset="utf-8" />
  <title>AmbientLife Commercial Photography</title>
  <meta http-equiv="Accept-CH" content="Sec-CH-UA-Platform-Version, Sec-CH-UA-Model" /><link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" media="(prefers-color-scheme: light)" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/66275a93fb4c9266bedc801b/b40af050-9245-43fd-bf28-190e2806c375/favicon.ico?format=100w"/>
  <link rel="icon" type="image/x-icon" media="(prefers-color-scheme: dark)" href="https://images.squarespace-cdn.com/content/v1/66275a93fb4c9266bedc801b/ab49ff83-9e80-4393-903a-e9fc24a7dfaf/favicon.ico?format=100w"/>
  <link rel="canonical" href="https://www.ambientlife.co.uk"/>
  <meta property="og:site_name" content="AmbientLife Commercial Photography"/>
  <meta property="og:title" content="AmbientLife Commercial Photography"/>
  <meta property="og:url" content="https://www.ambientlife.co.uk"/>
  <meta property="og:type" content="website"/>

 

 

 

 

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Hi @AmbientLife, Squarespace calls this the "built-in" domain. 

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I only ask because it shows in the page source of my live site at www.ambientlife.co.uk as below;

<!-- This is Squarespace. --><!-- red-rose-3mdf -->

So therefore I wanted to know if i could change it and get some additional benefit by having my company name in there instead.

Obviously without messing up any of my site build or links?

Thank you very much in advance for any advice and help.
Tim 

 

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Hi @AmbientLife. Yes you can change the built-in domain. This article covers how to do it and why you might want to: https://www.collaborada.com/blog/squarespace-built-in-domain

It can be anything you prefer, but in our experience, using the company name often leads to site owners sharing or linking to the wrong URL. 

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Thank you, I read the help links and checked site:red-rose-3mdf.squarespace.com
Google is indexing that, soooooo not sure what is best to do now

Totally understand what you are saying about not using my company name though for those reasons, makes sense now I think of it.

What would you suggest? 

My business site sits on www.ambientlife.co.uk and works well with google
It was just the fact I see <!-- This is Squarespace. --><!-- red-rose-3mdf --> when I look at source.

Maybe I am being too picky?

Would appreciate experienced advice.

Thank you
Tim 

Edited by AmbientLife
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Hi Tim. Yes you can change red-rose-3mdf to anything you like. Just know if you've inadvertently linked to red-rose-3mdf, those links will 404 after the change. 

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On 7/12/2024 at 10:55 PM, Collaborada said:

Hi Tim. Yes you can change red-rose-3mdf to anything you like. Just know if you've inadvertently linked to red-rose-3mdf, those links will 404 after the change. 

Hi @AmbientLife, Collaborada's article explains it well! Just to expand on this point. When creating links internally in your website, it is best practice to use "/page_to_link_to", instead of providing a static URL like "https://www.xyz.com". 

So if you have used static URLs to your built-in domain in your website, then yes it will break those links when you change your built-in domain. However, if you don't have any static URLs referring to your built-in domains, then you shouldn't suffer from any broken links.

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