What you need to set up Project Shield

To make Project Shield setup as smooth as possible, have the following information ready.

If you don't have access to some of this information, you can give someone else from your organization  such as your web administrator  access to Project Shield.

If you can’t access some of this information, you can add an admin, such as your web administrator, to help.

Here’s what you need to set up Project Shield:

The domain and subdomains you want to protect

List the domain and subdomains of the website you want to set up with Project Shield. 

For example, if visitors go to http://mydomain.com to visit your main website, then your domain is my-website.com.

If you have other websites that are part of your main website, such as http://blog.mydomain.com and http://news.my-website.com, list those subdomains. In this example, your subdomains are “blog” and “news.”

Can I set up Project Shield with just a subdomain?

Yes, you can setup Project Shield with just a subdomain. For example, you can set up the subdomain news.mydomain.com without setting up the entire domain mydomain.com.

Your server’s static IP address or hidden host name

You'll provide an address for the web server, or origin server, that hosts your content. The address can be an IP address (in the format or host name (in the format subdomain.my-website.com).

You can typically find your IP address or host name in your domain name system (DNS) records, listed in the A or CNAME record of your domain.

Follow these guidelines to decide whether using a static IP address or a hidden host name is the right option for you.

Access to your website's DNS records

You’ll log in to your domain name registrar (or wherever your DNS records are managed). 

During setup, you will edit a CNAME or A record in your DNS records to point your domain to Project Shield’s servers.

Learn more about how to find your DNS records.

Using your Project Shield invitation

To start, click the Set up Project Shield button from your Project Shield email invitation. You can also copy and paste the URL from the email into a browser. 

This will create your website's Site Detail page in Project Shield.

Once you’ve accepted the invite from Project Shield, you can set up your website.


I can't log in.

If you have a Project Shield invitation or account, please try logging in via an Incognito browser with the gmail account you listed when applying to Project Shield.

If you’re still having trouble after that, please contact us


What is a domain?

Also known as the primary domain or serving domain, the domain is a part of your website’s URL, such as my-website.com or my-website.co.ua (versus the entire URL, http://www.my-website.com or https://news.my-website.co.ua). 

If your domain is mydomain.com and your visitors reach your content by visiting http://my-website.com (without the subdomain “www”), you have a bare domain. Project Shield has options on how to set up your bare domain.

What is a subdomain?

Subdomains are part of your primary domain, like blog.example.com or news.my-website.com. In that example, the subdomains would be “blog” and news.”

As you can see, subdomains typically add a word before the primary domain.

You need to add each subdomain you want to protect when you set up Project Shield for your primary domain.


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