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Moving domains overview

If you have a custom domain, there are a few ways to change where it leads visitors. For example, if you have another Squarespace site, you can move your domain there. If you’re comfortable with more advanced domain settings, you can use domain forwarding and pointing. This guide will help you choose the best option.

Other ways to move a domain

Forwarding, pointing, or moving between sites aren't always the right solutions for what you want to achieve with your domain. Before you begin, see if any of these options are a better fit:

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Use the same site with a different domain name

Follow our steps to move your site to a new domain name

Move the domain to a different platform because you're leaving Squarespace

Transfer the domain away from Squarespace to your new provider

Forward traffic from an inactive or changed URL to an active page

Create a URL redirect

Direct a primary domain to a different page on your site

Set a new homepage

Direct a subdomain to the homepage on the same site

Create a subdomain and set it as the primary domain

Forward or point a domain/subdomain you registered through a third party

Follow your provider's documentation

 

Move your domain to a different Squarespace site

If you no longer need your domain at your current site but want to use it with another Squarespace site on your account, you can disconnect it from your current site and reconnect it on the new site. Visitors can use the same URL, but they’ll see the new site. You can move Squarespace Domains or third-party domains.

To learn more, visit Moving a domain between sites.

Rebrand your site with a new domain

If you’re renaming your site, you may want a new domain name to match. As long as you keep your old domain linked to your site, it will automatically redirect to your new domain. This helps keep your regular visitors coming back.

To learn more, visit Moving your site to a new domain.

Forward a domain

If you need to direct your Squarespace Domain to a new site or page and you want visitors to see a different URL, you can forward the domain. Visitors will enter your original URL and see it change to the second site or page’s URL.

This is an advanced step, so we recommend reviewing other options first.

To forward a Squarespace Domain, you’ll need:

  • The domain or subdomain name
  • A target URL, either on the same Squarespace site or any non-Squarespace site

To learn more, visit Forwarding a Squarespace Domain.

Point a domain

If you need to direct your Squarespace Domain to a new site or page and want to keep the original URL intact, you can point the domain. Visitors will enter your original URL and see the content at the new site or page, but they won’t see the URL change.

This is an advanced step, so we recommend reviewing other options first.

To point a Squarespace Domain, you’ll need:

  • The domain or subdomain name
  • A target URL to enter as a CNAME OR an IP address to enter as an A Record, from any non-Squarespace site. (Also see the note below)

To learn more, visit Pointing a Squarespace Domain.

Point a subdomain

To point a subdomain to another Squarespace site, follow our steps for setting up the correct records on both sites. It’s not possible to point a domain or subdomain to a different page of the same Squarespace site.

Forwarding vs. pointing

If you’re not sure whether you should forward or point your domain, use this table for help deciding which option is best for you. It's a summary of the differences, requirements, and process for each:

 

Forward a domain

Point a domain

When to use it

To direct the domain URL to the new site or page’s URL

To display the domain's URL on the new site or page

What the visitor sees

The domain URL changes to the second site or page’s URL

The domain URL stays visible in the second site or page’s browser bar

What you need

  • The domain or subdomain name
  • A target URL, either on the same Squarespace site or any non-Squarespace site
  • The domain or subdomain name
  • A target URL to enter as a CNAME OR an IP address to enter as an A Record, from any non-Squarespace site. (Also see the note below)

How to set up your records

Use the steps in Forwarding a Squarespace Domain

Use the steps in Pointing a Squarespace Domain

If you’re still not sure which option to use, we recommend contacting the provider of the site you’re connecting to for more help.

 

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