Custom layouts are wonderful
You can make Spinitron public pages impersonate your station’s web site using the custom layout feature. Navigation from your site to pages with live Spinitron content (playlists, schedule, etc.) and back again is seamless. With custom styles in Spinitron the visual appearance can seamlessly integrate too. See our example web site.
Problem 1: Links to spinitron.com
Pages with live Spinitron content in a custom layout are served by Spinitron’s web server, not yours. Without more work, these page’s URLs therefore have
spinitron.com as the server name. Visitors on your site may notice that certain links have a different server name and, when they visit these pages, the browser will display
spinitron.com in its address field on pages that impersonate your web site very well. This could be surprising or even seem suspicious.
Solution 1: Use a CNAME
To address this issue, you might want to set up a CNAME in your station’s domain that points to
spinitron.com. For example, if your station’s web site were
www.example.radio then you could set up a CNAME
programming.example.radio that points to
We would then provision a virtual server named
programming.example.radio in on our servers . The virtual server will accept and respond to requests for your public pages that have
programming.example.radio as the
Host request header.
With the virtual server in place, you can use
programming.example.radio in links to tje Spinitron public pages with the custom layout. It’s unavoidable that the virtual server name is different from your web site’s server name but, using the CNAME, at least both can be in the same domain.
Problem 2: HTTPS
More and more web sites use HTTPS, i.e. secure HTTP. Spinitron switched to HTTPS years ago. Meanwhile, web browsers have been getting more touchy about using insecure HTTP. For example, if I navigate from a secure page to an insecure one, Firefox sometimes gives me a warning.
You can opt to use only plain (insecure) HTTP on the virtual server that we provision with your CNAME. But if you want it to support HTTPS then Spinitron’s servers need a way to authenticate the virtual server as belonging to your station’s domain.
Solution 2: Get a certificate for the CNAME and give it to Spinitron
For Spinitron’s web server to support HTTPS on the virtual server described in Solution 1 above, it needs a certificate for that CNAME. The domain owner needs to obtain the certificate and give it to Spinitron.
If necessary, it may be possible for Spinitron to obtain a certificate for your CNAME’s virtual server. We haven’t tested this yet.
Problem 3: Administration
Provisioning a virtual host for your CNAME and obtaining/deploying its HTTPS certificates puts Spinitron, for the first time, in the business of web hosting. The server configuration work will be manual for the time being.
Solution 3: Service charge for virtual host and certificate provisioning?
We need to discuss this with the early adopters.