How to put a Trello Board at your own custom domain
Many businesses and teams use Trello boards to track their activities and manage priorities.
Very often there is a need to share these Trello boards publicly. But there are two big limitations built into Trello's product.
First, you can't show your board at your own domain. So visitors always have to go to trello.com to view your board.
Second, you can't change any of the standard Trello branding. This is not ideal if you want your public Trello board to match the branding of your company website.
Once you make a Trello board public, you get a cryptic link that looks something like https://trello.com/b/MzPtYRu7. You can't move it to yoursite.com.
You're stuck with sharing an ugly unbranded link with your customers, users and readers.
Luckily, there are two ways you can get around this…
Method 1: Custom Domain for your Trello Board
The best option is to use a service like Cloakist which puts your Trello board's URL at your own custom domain.
Now when a user goes to the link you specify, e.g. board.yoursite.com, they see your Trello board page, but stays at yoursite.com. This is hugely beneficial to keep visitors on your website and offer a consistent branded experience.
As you'll see in the example below, we took it to the next level by customising the general branding of the board so that customers looking for our service wouldn't get confused by the default Trello branding.
View the live demo here: https://roadmap.indiedemos.com/
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Method 2: DIY Redirect
The first thing you could do is set up a simple redirect from yoursite.com to trello.com/b/MzPtYRu7.
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.
You could even use a service like Rebrandly, which will help you set this up and add analytics on top. Or Bitly, if you don't need to use your own domain name.
There are two problems with this approach:
- It doesn't keep the user at yoursite.com. They end up on the Trello URL, at which point they might find it strange and potentially can't navigate back to your actual website.
- You can't change anything about the Trello page. You can't set it up to have your own branding, or add your own analytics, live chat, custom CSS, etc.
That's where Cloakist comes in...
Since Trello does not offer the ability to host your board at a custom domain, you need to find a custom solution.
If you just want a short-link or redirect solution, then you can set this up quite easily. The drawback of this approach is that visitors will be directed away from your website and they will have an inconsistent brand experience.
Alternatively, Cloakist offers a service that allows you to host your Trello board at your own domain and gives you the additional option to change any of the branding on the board with custom CSS and JS.