How to put an Airtable form or share link at your own custom domain
Learn how to put an Airtable form or share link at your own custom domain.
More and more businesses are using Airtable to share information with their customers, and get information back from them.
But there are two big limitations built into both of these parts of Airtable's product.
First, you can't show them at your own domain. So if you share a link to your view or form then the visitor will be directed to the Airtable website.
Second, you can't whitelabel an Airtable view or form - in other words, change the branding or logo so you don't confuse your customers with a link at airtable.com, a site they may never have heard of.
Once you make an Airtable form or share link, you get a link that looks something like airtable.com/shrjd9f87sd7f8. You can't move it to yoursite.com.
This means you're stuck with sharing an ugly unbranded link with your customers and readers.
Luckily, there are two ways you can get around this.
The best option is to use a service like Cloakist which puts your Airtable URL at your own custom domain, seeing as Airtable don't offer this feature out of the box (unfortunately).
What happens when you do this is a user goes to yoursite.com, sees your Airtable page, but stays at yoursite.com.
As you'll see in our example, we took it to the next level by customising the font and general branding of the form so that customers looking for our AnyForm service wouldn't get confused by Airtable's branding.
And here's an example of a rebranded base for one of our customers:
If that's interesting to you, you can try out Cloakist for free by going here.
Another thing you could do is set up a simple redirect from yoursite.com to airtable.com/shrjd9f87sd7f8.
If you're having any trouble figuring out how to set this up, simply google the name of your domain manager, e.g. GoDaddy or Namecheap, and 'redirect'. There should be an instruction page that shows you how you can set up the redirect so that you can start sharing acme.com.
You could even use a service like Rebrandly, which will help you set this up and add analytics on top. Or Bitly, if you're not fussed about being able to use your own domain name.
There are two problems with this solution:
- It doesn't keep the user at yoursite.com. They end up on the Airtable URL, at which point they might find it strange that they were redirected in the browser.
- You can't change anything about the Airtable page. You can't set it up to have your own branding, or add your own analytics, live chat, custom CSS, etc.
That's why we created custom domains with Cloakist. It gives a better overall experience for your customers or users.
As far as we know, Cloakist is the only service that allows you to host your Airtable view or Airtable form at a custom domain.
This has a lot of benefits:
- Host your Airtable from your own domain
- Hide unwanted items from your page with custom CSS
- Stay on-brand with your own logo and colors
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