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Connecting a domain to your Squarespace site

If you purchased a domain from a third-party provider (like GoDaddy, Hover, or 1&1) and want to keep it registered with them, you can connect it to your site by following a process called domain mapping. In this process, you'll change a few settings in your registrar's account. After completing these steps, your domain will stay registered with the host that you purchased the domain from, 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.

Your domain must be eligible to transfer. Learn more about the differences between transferring and connecting or get started with a transfer here.

If you don't have a custom domain, you can register a new one through Squarespace.

Before you begin

  • To follow this guide, you should already have registered a domain with a third-party provider. Once you connect your domain by following the steps in this guide, you must leave it registered with your provider to keep it connected to your Squarespace site.
  • You can connect your domain to a trial or paid Squarespace site. You can't connect to an expired site. 
  • Your domain provider must offer full DNS access. If they don't, you’ll need to transfer the domain to a new provider before connecting it to Squarespace.
  • You'll need to use your domain provider's default nameservers to successfully connect your domain to your Squarespace site.
  • If you have an email account linked to your custom domain, you can keep using it after connecting to Squarespace.
  • It's not possible to connect a custom domain to a specific page on your site. All connected domains will point to the site itself and resolve to the primary domain.
  • You can't connect a third-party domain to a parking page
  • You can't connect a custom domain to Squarespace if the domain name has the word "squarespace" or "sqsp" in it. 
  • Domains with special characters (such as ü, é, ñ) may not display properly on all browsers. If a browser can’t display the character, it will reformat the domain with extra characters and dashes. For example, the domain “übercool.de,” redirects to "xn--bercool-m2a.de” in unsupported browsers.

Provider-specific guides

Instead of following the general instructions on this page, we have step-by-step guides for many popular providers:

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.

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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.

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Select your domain provider from the drop-down menu. If your domain provider is listed, use its provider-specific guide instead.

If you don’t see your domain provider, select Other. You can still connect your domain if you don’t see your provider in this list.

Click Connect Domain. You'll see a message letting you know that the connection to your domain is in progress. Click Okay to continue.

Step 3 - View your DNS settings

After you connect your domain, a new panel will open with the records you need to enter in your provider account so your domain connects to Squarespace. Keep this panel open for your reference.

If you ever need to access your DNS settings in the future, open Domains in the Settings panel. Then click the name of your third-party domain to see the DNS settings for that domain.

Step 4 - Log into your provider

In a new browser tab or window, log into your domain provider's site, and find where you manage your DNS settings. Depending on your provider, this may be called Zone File Settings, Manage Domains, Domain Manager, DNS Manager, or something similar.

Here, you'll create these records so your domain correctly links to your Squarespace site.

Note: Don't delete MX records during this process. MX Records connect your email address. Deleting them could interfere with your email service.

Step 5 - Add the first CNAME Record

In the first line of your Domains panel, copy the unique code that appears directly below the Host column. The unique code is a random string of numbers and letters that must point to verify.squarespace.com.

In your provider's DNS manager, create a CNAME with these values:

Alias or Host Name Type or Record Type Points to
Copy and paste the unique code under Host on the first line. CNAME or CNAME Alias verify.squarespace.com
Note: If you're experiencing issues verifying your domain with a CNAME Record or if your domain provider doesn't support CNAME Records, verify your domain using a TXT Record.
Note: If you don't add this CNAME, 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 6 - Add the second CNAME Record

In the second line of your Domains panel, www appears directly below the Host column. This record must point to ext-cust.squarespace.com.

In your provider's DNS manager, create a CNAME with these values:

Alias or Host Name Type or Record Type Points to
www CNAME or CNAME Alias ext-cust.squarespace.com
Note: Depending on your provider, you may already have a CNAME set up with a www Alias. If so, edit this existing CNAME so that Points To is ext-cust.squarespace.com. (For most providers, add this without the last ".")

Step 7 - Add the A Records

In the last four lines of your Domains panel, you'll see four IP addresses in the Required Data column. Using the steps below, create four A Records in your provider's DNS manager matching these values. 

Find the area of your DNS settings where you edit your A Records. If possible, create four A Records matching what's shown below. If you can only add one A Record, use the record in the first row.

Host or Host Name Records, Record Type, or Type Points To or Details
@ A 198.185.159.144
@ A 198.185.159.145
@ A 198.49.23.144
@ A 198.49.23.145
  

If your provider doesn't accept @ as a Host Name, we recommend leaving the Host/Host Name field blank or entering your domain name without the "www" in front.

Note: Depending on your provider, you may already have some A Records in place. If so, edit any existing A Records with Host Name @ so that Points To matches the values above. If you see other A Records in your account that don’t match what’s shown in this guide:

  • Host: @ - Delete only if it doesn't match what’s shown in this guide.
  • Host: blank - Delete. "Blank" specifies your domain without the www in front.
  • Host: Mail or Email - Don’t delete. This connects to your email address. Deleting it could interfere with your email service.

Step 8 - Refresh

After changing your records, return to the Squarespace Domains panel, 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 9 - 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. If this is the domain you want to appear in the URL bar whenever someone visits your site, set this as your primary domain

Troubleshoot with the DNS record checker

If we detect that your records weren’t set up properly, your domain will appear in the Domains panel with the message Can’t verify domain ownership.

To troubleshoot, use the DNS checker tool in the Domains panel to see the exact CNAME and A Records to fix with your domain provider. 

Click the domain in the Domains panel, and then click DNS Settings. To learn more, visit Checking your domain mapping records.

Getting more help

For help with DNS settings in your provider's account, we recommend contacting their support team. To help them understand your issue, you can use our sample message.

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