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Domains basics

A domain name is the URL or web address where visitors find your site. With a Squarespace site, you can replace your built-in Squarespace domain ( with a custom domain.

Custom domains give your site a professional look, strengthen your brand, and make it easy for visitors to find you on the web. Manage, transfer, and connect your domains in the Domains panel. In the Home menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.

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Web hosting and domain hosting, though closely related, are two different services. To learn about the differences, visit Web hosting vs. domain hosting.

Using a domain you already own

If you purchased a custom domain from a third-party provider, you can either transfer it to Squarespace or connect it. In most cases, we recommend transferring, which helps you manage all aspects of your site in one place.

  • Transferring lets you manage both your domain and website through Squarespace.
  • Connecting keeps your domain with your current host while pointing it to your Squarespace site.

Learn more about the differences.

Register domains through Squarespace

Registering domains through Squarespace is the fastest way to get new custom domains for your site. Visit our Squarespace domains guides to learn how to register one free domain, purchase multiple domains, remove the “www” from your domain, get full DNS control and Whois privacy, and more.

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Transfer domains to Squarespace

If you purchased a domain elsewhere (like GoDaddy, 1&1, or Hover) you can transfer it to Squarespace. When you transfer a domain, it will move to Squarespace, and you can pay for it and manage its DNS settings from your account. Visit our guide to transferring domains to learn how to prepare your domain with your current provider and move it to Squarespace.

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Purchasing a registered Squarespace domain

To purchase a domain that a Squarespace domains customer currently owns, visit Squarespace domains overview. 

Connect domains to Squarespace

If you purchased a domain elsewhere and can’t transfer it to Squarespace, you can still use it for your Squarespace site by following a process called domain mapping. Visit our guide on connecting third-party domains for step-by-step help and guides for adding subdomains.

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Manage your domains

These guides help you prioritize and transfer your custom domains.

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Custom email addresses through Google Workspace by Google

With our partnership with Google Workspace by Google, you can create an email address for any custom domain you use for your site. You can also connect to services like Google Calendar and Google Drive.

Common domains terms

Review the glossary for common terms you may see when managing your domains in Squarespace. 

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