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Registering Squarespace Domains

You can register multiple domain names through Squarespace on any trial or paid Squarespace plan.

In this guide, you'll learn how to register a Squarespace Domain, either free or paid. Annual billing plans include one free domain for the first year of service. If you're on a trial, a monthly plan, or if you want multiple domains, you can register them for $20 to $70 per year.

Tip: To register a Squarespace Domain without building a full site yet, you can start with a domain and parking page.

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Am I eligible for a free domain?

If you're on an annual Squarespace billing plan, you're eligible for one free custom domain if it's available. For eligible TLDs and other terms, visit Free Squarespace Domain offer.

What if I already have a domain?

If you own a domain name purchased through another provider (like GoDaddy or 1&1), you can transfer it to Squarespace and manage it through your site. If you can't transfer your domain, you can connect it instead.

Step 1 - Find domain(s)

To find a domain to register, follow these steps:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains. You can also press the ? key while any panel is open and search domains.
  2. Click Get a Domain.
  3. In the Get a Domain box, enter the domain name you want, then press Enter, or click Search. To search by TLD category, click the drop-down under the first set of search results.
  4. A list of suggested available domains displays with these labels:
  • Free - You can pick one of these domains to register for free if you're eligible.
  • $20 to $70 - You can purchase this domain for the specified price. (After clicking a free domain, all other free domains will switch to their price value.)

If you're registering a .co.uk, .de, or .uk domain, review all registration requirements first:

Step 2 - Add domain(s) to your cart

To select domain(s) to register:

  1. Hover over the domain(s) you want, and click Add to add them to your cart. You can search again using a different term to add more domains. In this example, we're registering one $20 USD domain.

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  1. You'll see an In Cart label next to your selected domain(s).
  2. Scroll down, and click Proceed to Checkout.

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Step 3 - Enter your contact information

In the form that appears, enter your contact information. Your contact information will be listed as the owner of the domain(s). This information is required, but it's private, and we won't share it on public records. WHOIS/Domain Privacy is included with all Squarespace Domains.

For help formatting these fields, visit Domain contact information.

Step 4 - Review and register

Before you check out, review this information carefully:

  1. Click Registration Information, and ensure your contact information is correct. This is the contact information we'll use to verify domain ownership.
  2. Review the domains you selected. Click "x" to remove any domains you don't want.
  3. If you're eligible for a free domain, only the first domain is free. Although you'll see your credit card information at this step, your card won't be charged for any free domains.
  4. Click the link to review our Terms of Service.
  5. Click Purchase to complete the registration.

Step 5 - Verify via email (important)

You'll receive an email within 24 hours from customercare@squarespace.com with the subject line "Please verify your domain name(s) as soon as possible." The email will be sent to the address you entered at registration.

Click the link in this email to validate your contact information for the domain.

Email verification is a very important step in this process. You must verify your domain from this email within 15 days of registration or it will be suspended.

Note: If you previously verified a Squarespace Domain from this email address, we may automatically verify your new domain without sending this email.

If your domain is suspended

If your domain is suspended, you can can unsuspend it by resending your email verification and validating your domain via the link in the email.

Step 6 - Congratulations

Congratulations! You just registered your Squarespace domain(s).

You'll receive two different emails after verifying your domain:

  • One email is sent from no-reply@squarespace.com with the subject "Thank you for choosing Squarespace Domains." This summarizes your domain purchase and acts as the receipt for your domain(s).
  • One email is sent from customercare@squarespace.com with the subject "Set your data sharing settings for your domain" asking you to set your data sharing preferences. Our domain registrar, Tucows, requires that we send this email to comply with data regulations like GDPR. Sharing your data is optional and you don't need to take any action.
Note: If you don't see these emails, but see an email from no-reply@squarespace.com with the subject "We were unable to complete purchasing your domain(s)," follow the troubleshooting steps below.

Your new domain will display in the Domains panel with a notification that it's almost ready. Most domains will resolve within an hour, though it may take up to 72 hours to process.

While your domain is pending, it will have a yellow label and a Registration In Progress note in the Domains panel. Click the Refresh button to check the status.

When the domain is fully resolved and connected, it will appear in the Domains panel with a green label and the renewal date and price.

Troubleshooting

The domain registration failed

If we weren't able to complete your domain registration, the Domains panel will show a Registration Failed note with a red label. You'll also receive an email from no-reply@squarespace.com explaining what went wrong. In most cases, domain registrations fail when you need to update your billing credit card information or if the domain doesn't meet our naming requirements.

To try to fix the issue and register your domain again:

  1. Ensure that your billing information is correct. You may need to update your credit card on file.
  2. Ensure the domain you're registering meets our naming requirements.
  3. In the Domains panel, click the domain, then click Retry to restart registration for that domain.
  4. If the domain is no longer available, you won't see a Retry button. Instead, restart the registration process and search for a different TLD or a variation of the domain.

The verification link doesn’t work

If the link in the domain verification email doesn’t work or leads to a 404 page, your email provider may be changing the URL when you try to open it. To fix the issue, try viewing your email inbox in another browser or a mobile app, then retry clicking the link.

Next steps and important information

  • If you registered a free domain with your annual plan, it will be free for your first year. After the first year of domain service, your domain will renew for $20. This policy applies to free domains registered starting March 4, 2015.
  • Buy more domains any time.
  • You can rename most domains within five days of registering it. Domain names can't be changed after this five-day grace period.
  • The www and non-www versions of your domain are automatically linked. When you type your domain name into your browser without the "www," you'll be taken to your site, but the "www" will appear in the address bar.
  • Get a custom email address for your domain through our partnership with G Suite by Google.
  • If you’re leaving Squarespace, you can transfer your domain(s) to another provider after 60 days.
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