If you purchased a domain from Hover and want to keep it registered with them, you can connect it to your site by following this guide. In this process, you'll change a few settings in your Hover account. After completing these steps, your domain will stay registered with Hover, but it will connect to your Squarespace site. Before you begin, review our requirements for connecting a third-party domain.
Tip: We recommend transferring your domain to Squarespace instead of connecting it. Here are some reasons why you might want to transfer your domain:
- You can move all aspects of managing it to your Squarespace account so you won't need to pay for it through a third party.
- Your domain could qualify for one free year of hosting.
- Squarespace can help with any issues with your domain directly.
Step 1 - Open the Domains panel
In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.
You can also press the ? key while any panel is open and search domains.
Step 2 - Link your domain
Click Use a Domain I Own. Enter the full domain name you’re linking in the Domain Name box, and then click Continue.
Click Connect From Provider.
Note: If you see a message that says "This domain is already connected to another Squarespace site," check any other Squarespace sites you manage to determine where the domain is connected. Then disconnect it from that site. For help logging into the correct site, visit Managing multiple sites.
Select Hover from the drop-down menu.
Click Connect Domain. You'll see a message letting you know that the connection to your domain is in progress. Click Okay to continue.
A new records panel will open. Keep this panel open for your reference, as you'll need to add one record to your Hover account.
Step 3 - Log into Hover
Go to www.hover.com and log into your account.
From the Domains page, click the Connect tab.
Scroll down to Squarespace and click Get Started.
Step 4 - Add your Unique Value
In the first line of your Squarespace DNS Settings, copy the unique code that appears directly below the Host column. The unique code is a random string of numbers and letters.
In your Hover account, add this to the Verify value field and then click Connect.
If the code was entered correctly, you'll see a Connected message.
Tip: You don't need to add the remaining values shown in your Squarespace DNS Settings panel. Hover adds these automatically when you use Hover Connect.
Note: If you don't add this unique code, or if it's entered incorrectly, the domain will unlink from your site after 15 days. If this happens, you can start over to reconnect the domain.
Step 5 - Refresh
After changing your records, return to your Squarespace DNS Settings and click Refresh below the records.
The Current Data column in the panel will start to update and show if your records are entered correctly. It can take up to 72 hours for this information to process.
To go the previous panel, click the arrow in the top-left corner.
Step 6 - Wait and test
If all records are entered correctly, your domain will connect to your site within 24 hours. At times, it can take up to 72 hours. Visit the Domains panel at any time to check your progress.
When the domain is correctly linked, the domain will appear in the Domains panel with a Connected label.
Getting more help
For more help with settings in your Hover account, contact their support team at (866) 731-6556. To help them understand your issue, you can use our sample message. You can also visit their documentation.