Learn how you can purchase a Place Name and assign it to your domain.
A Place Name is a domain's unique name within High Fidelity. One of the easiest ways for other users to reach your domain is to use the domain's Place Name. We'll walk you through how you can purchase a Place Name of your choice and assign it to your domain.
When you set up your domain, it is assigned a randomly generated and temporary Place Name.
You can obtain a Place Name of your choice (one that better represents you or your business) for your domain by purchasing a Place Name from High Fidelity.
A High Fidelity account is required to purchase and manage Place Names.
A Place Name costs $20.00 USD for one year and you can pay via PayPal or credit card.
To purchase a Place Name:
Click Places in the top navigation bar. .
If you have never purchased a Place Name, you will see an empty table titled Places and a button prompting you to create a Place Name. If you have set up a domain and received a temporary Place Name, it won't be listed as only purchased Place Names are listed here.
Click Create a Place Name.
Enter the Place Name you want to purchase. Place Names must be 4-64 characters in length. Letters, numbers and hyphens are allowed. If the Place Name you have entered is already taken, you will receive an error message. If the name you entered is available, you will see the Checkout Now button.
Click Checkout Now.
You are now the proud owner of a Place Name in the Metaverse! You can point this Place Name to a domain or point it to another Place Name.
To point a Place Name to your domain, you need to complete these steps:
The following sections cover these steps in more detail.
To add a domain ID to your account, complete the following steps:
Changing the automatic networking setting for the domain ID here won’t force the domain to use automatic networking. It must be set to full in the server settings for the domain to use full automatic networking. If you change the domain's automatic networking to full from the domain server settings, the domain will update this setting in the High Fidelity database.
You can now point a Place Name at the domain ID you just added.
To point a Place Name to a domain ID, complete the following steps:
Open the Domain view by clicking username in the top menu bar on the High Fidelity website and selecting Domain from the pull-down menu.
Note: If you don't see your username, you aren't logged in.
Copy the domain ID you want to point the Place Name at from the ID column.
Open the Place Names view by clicking on your username in the top menu bar on the High Fidelity website and selecting Place Names from the pull-down menu.
Click on the pencil icon to the far right of the Place Name you want to associate with the domain. This opens the Edit Place view.
In the Points to field, paste the domain ID you copied in step two.
Enter a Path, Description, and Preview Image (optional).
The Path field specifies the position and orientation of visitors when they first come to your domain. A path is defined in this format:
/x,y,z. For example,
z values are the coordinates of the user's position. These values can be approximated manually, or by placing an avatar in the desired location and copying its path. For more information, see Get Path For Landing.
The Place Name now points to a domain ID.
To configure your domain server to use the domain ID for your Place Name, complete the following steps:
Open the Server Settings. To open server settings, assuming Sandbox is running, click on the High Fidelity icon in your system tray (Windows) or in the top menu bar (OS X) and in the menu that opens, select Settings. This opens the server settings page in your default web browser at http://localhost:40100.
Select Metaverse / Networking from the side menu.
If you aren't already connected, connect to your High Fidelity account. You will be required to generate an authorization token. Follow the instructions on screen to create and use the token.
Once authenticated and connected to your High Fidelity account, on the server settings page, under MetaVerse/Networking select Choose from my domains.
You and other users will now be able to access your domain using Interface by typing the Place Name into the Address Bar. You may also use the URI
hifi:// in this manner
To point a new Place Name at an existing Place Name— meaning a Place Name that was previously purchased — complete these steps:
/x,y,z. For example,
zvalues are the coordinates of the user's position. These values can be approximated manually, or by placing an avatar in the desired location and copying its path. When pointing a new Place Name to a different one, any path information for the new Place Name will override the path specified in the original. Likewise, if the path for a new Place Name is left blank, it will inherit the path of the Place Name it points to.
Assuming the Place Name you point to points to a domain ID used by a domain, you and others should now be able to access your domain using Interface by typing the Place Name into the Address Bar. You may also use the URL
Pasting a link to a High Fidelity location does not work well for everyone when using the
hifi:// style link. While this issue is still being considered, an interim solution of a specifically formatted URL is available.
The syntax for the link is http://hifi.place/''playa''/''10''/''10''/''10'', with your domain name in place of "playa" and the coordinates in place of the three numbers.