The easiest way to publish with Shorthand.  Choose a shorthandstories.com subdomain (such as example.shorthandstories.com) or supply your own domain (example.com). 

We will place your story on an optimised Amazon server (using S3 and Cloudfront) to handle your visitor load.  There are a number of approaches that we support with shorthand hosting:

Shorthand hosting (acmestories.shorthandstories.com)
To use this option, just let us know and we can set it up for you. It's the simplest way to publish your Shorthand stories and requires no technical input from you.

Custom subdomain hosting (stories.acme.com)
If you’d like to dedicate a subdomain of a domain you already own to your Shorthand stories, you will need to be able to edit CNAME and DNS records listed with your domain registrar (the entity with which you registered the domain).  We will send you instructions to point the subdomain to our own servers.  With custom subdomain hosting, we will also need to configure SSL (https) for your custom subdomain.

Custom domain hosting (acmestories.com)
If you’d like to use a base domain you already own, you will need to be able to contact your domain registrar (the entity with which you registered the domain) to change the name servers for your domain. We will send you instructions to point the name servers to our own servers.   With custom domain hosting, we will also need to configure SSL (https) for your custom subdomain.

Please note: by redirecting the entire domain, you will not be able to use it for anything else other than hosting Shorthand stories.

For example, you will lose access to subdomains, email, services such as Google apps, and verification (e.g., Google Analytics) on that domain

To discuss setting up Shorthand hosting, please contact us for details.

Once your Shorthand hosting location is set up and publishing is enabled for your team(s) and members then...

To publish your story with Shorthand hosting:

  1. Find the story on your Shorthand dashboard
  2. Click Edit
  3. In the story editor, click Publish
  4. Choose the publishing option that shows your shorthandstories sub-domain or your domain
  5. Enter a directory name for the story. This will be part of the URL at which the story and its assets are hosted.  A lowercase, underscore-separated version of the story title is good choice ( eg the_feature_story_of_the_year ).  You will be shown the full URL that you can use to link to your story.
  6. Click Publish

Your story will now be available at the URL shown.

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