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Advanced DNS settings

If you registered your domain through Squarespace, you can access its DNS settings in the Domains panel. There are only a few reasons for editing these settings, like if you're forwarding your domain or setting up a third-party email service.

Other ways to manage your domain

Many common domain management tasks don't involve using Advanced DNS settings. For help, visit these guides instead:

Open Advanced DNS settings

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains. You can also press the ? key while any panel is open and search domains. (If you're using a parking page, start by clicking the domain name in your parking page menu.)
  2. Under Squarespace Domains, click the domain name. If you have multiple Squarespace domains, you'll manage their DNS settings separately.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.

Add preset DNS records for email, domain forwarding, and other services

Certain domain tasks, like configuring MX records for a third-party email provider or setting up domain forwarding, require specific records. To add records based on what you're setting up, there are preset records that can help you enter the information correctly.

Select one of these options from the Add Presets drop-down menu. For help with steps outside of this panel, like getting specific records from another provider, contact that provider for support:

Preset option


G Suite

Select this preset if you signed up for G Suite through a company other than Squarespace, or if you previously deleted your MX records. Visit Adding G Suite MX records to learn more. 

Zoho Mail

Select this preset to add the required fields for Zoho Mail. You’ll also need to add a unique verification code CNAME. Visit Using Zoho Mail with your Squarespace domain to learn more.

Forward Domain

Select this preset to forward your domain to a different URL.

Forward Subdomain

Select this preset to forward a subdomain to a different URL.

Website Defaults

If you've deleted or edited the original settings for your Squarespace Domain, select this preset to restore the default records.


Select this preset to add a subdomain to your root domain.

G Suite verification

Select this preset to retry your G Suite verification on a parking page.


When you're finished adding DNS records, click Save at the top of the page.

Add custom DNS records

To add a new record, choose the record type from the drop-down menu in the bottom row of the Custom Records section. Then enter the record information.

You can add and edit these records:

  • A
  • AAAA
  • MX
  • TXT
  • SPF
  • SRV

For detailed steps, visit Adding custom DNS records to your Squarespace Domain



You can access your nameservers in the Nameservers tab at the top of the panel. In most cases, leave Use Squarespace nameservers checked.

We don't recommend editing or using custom nameservers. Changing your domain's nameservers will break its link to your site and disconnect any linked G Suite account. 

Instead of changing nameservers, consider transferring your domain away from Squarespace.

Note: Squarespace doesn't use nameservers for connecting domains.


Add website defaults

Website defaults are DNS settings that point your domain to your site. If you've deleted or edited your DNS settings and your domain is no longer connecting, follow these steps to restore the default settings:

  1. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains.
  2. Click the domain you're working to connect.
  3. Click Advanced Settings.
  4. Select Website Defaults from the Add Presets drop-down menu.
  5. Click Add.

Next steps

Learn more about customizing your domain using presets and custom records:

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