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How to connect your Webflow site to Engyne blog

How to connect your Website site to Engyne blog

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Connecting your Webflow site to your Engyne blog involves the below two steps:

  1. Add a custom subdomain to your Webflow site
  2. Connect the subdomain to Engyne

Let's get started!

Step 1: Add a Subdomain to your Webflow site

Make sure you're on the plan that allows you to have a custom domain. Typically it's the Basic plan and up.

Open up your Webflow site > Settings > Publishing and add a custom domain. Enter the domain as: webflow.<yourdomain.com>. For example, for Engyne, it would be webflow.engyne.ai.

Manually add domain in Webflow dashboardManually add domain in Webflow dashboard

Adding your webflow custom domain in Webflow's Publishing settingsAdding your webflow custom domain in Webflow's Publishing settings

Webflow will display the DNS records you should add to connect. Once the records are added, you should be able to access your site at webflow.<yourdomain.com>.

Step 2: Deploy Engyne blog as /blog

In your DNS settings, add these new records:

  • Type: A
  • Name: @
  • Value: 76.76.21.21

and

  • Type: A
  • Name: www
  • Value: 76.76.21.21

Now sign into Engyne dashboard and go to Settings > Deployment.

Connect Engyne as /blog with a Webflow siteConnect Engyne as /blog with a Webflow site

Enter your root domain as the Custom Domain. This would be something like <yoursite.com>. Click Connect. It should connect right away, but sometimes it can take ~10 mins for the DNS changes to propagate over.

When it's connected, toggle the Enable subfolder option. Choose Custom as your frontend service and enter the webflow subdomain as your Custom-Hosted URL that we deployed to in the last step. It will look like webflow.<yoursite.com>.

Click Save and voila!

All your Webflow pages will be on the root domain and /blog will be the Engyne blog pages.

Step 3: Set up Robots.txt

Now if you've done SEO before, you'll see a little of a problem with this setup where webflow.<yoursite.com> and <yoursite.com> will have the same content and Google won't know which one to index. This is why we will turn off indexing on webflow.<yoursite.com> and keep it on for <yoursite.com> . The latter already is handled by Engyne.

To turn off indexing for the former:

  1. Go to Webflow > SEO

  2. In the robots.txt section, paste this exactly:

    User-agent: *
    Disallow: /
    

That's it!

Now if you open up webflow.<yoursite.com>/robots.txt , the rules will tell Google not to index anything here. If you open up <yoursite.com>/robots.txt , the rules will tell Google to index everything.

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Sukhpal Saini

Sukh is the CTO & Co-founder of Engyne. He has previously worked as a Software Engineer building ML infrastructure for companies like IBM, Apple, and Saks Fifth Ave. He now consults numerous Bay Area startups on growth using SEO & Content Marketing.

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