If we detect that any DNS records weren’t set up properly during the domain connection process, the DNS record checker in the Domains panel will show you the exact CNAME and/or A Records to fix to get your domain working.
If you’re seeing errors or if your domain isn’t working after 72 hours, a typo or missing record is most likely the culprit. The best way to troubleshoot these issues yourself is to log into your domain provider and resolve the red messages one-by-one.
Step 1 - Go to DNS Settings
In the Home Menu, click Settings, and then click Domains.
You can also press the ? key while any panel is open and search domains.
If we detect a domain isn't connected correctly, it will display a red flag. Click the incorrectly connected domain you want to check.
Click DNS Settings.
Step 2 - Identify incorrect records
The DNS Checker marks any incorrect records with a red value in the Current Data column.
Step 3 - Log into your provider
Log into your domain provider and find where you manage your DNS settings. Depending on your provider, this may be called Zone File Settings, DNS Manager, or something similar.
Then correct the error indicated for each record. If you need further instructions, click step-by-step guide to your provider-specific guide.
Step 4 - Resolve incorrect records
Domain mapping issues commonly occur from typos and copy-pasting issues. Check each record character by character to ensure they're correct.
Miscopied CNAME Code
In this example, the unique CNAME code is gasg342cwcrj8ldgk4ft. We recommend copying and pasting the code from this panel into your provider's settings to keep it accurate. If the unique code entered on your provider's end doesn't match, your domain won't connect.
Typos are a primary source of domain connection issues. Small errors like ext-csut.squarespace.com instead of ext-cust.squarespace.com will prevent your domain from connecting correctly. Ensure that your second CNAME matches the data shown here.
Wrong A Records
To successfully connect your domain with most providers, you'll need to create four A Records pointing to the following IP Addresses:
If these are set incorrectly, the DNS checker will display an error next to the required values. Update these values in your provider's DNS panel. Ensure that you only have these four A records and that you've removed any extras.
Step 5 - Refresh
After updating all incorrect settings, click Refresh in your Squarespace DNS Settings. While waiting for your settings to refresh, keep the following in mind:
- Records can take between 24 and 72 hours to update. If the record appears correctly in your provider's DNS panel but you still see an error, wait 72 hours then click Refresh again.
- Clicking Refresh repeatedly causes the DNS checker to try different servers, some which might have updated with the new records and others that haven't. If you see inconsistent results, wait 72 hours before refreshing again.
Step 6 - Check your domain
Return to the Domains panel. If the DNS Checker displays Correct in the Status column for all values, your domain will display a yellow flag and say Connection in progress.
Once the changes have fully propagated, your domain will display a green flag and say Connected.
You can also enter your domain name in your browser URL window. If your site loads, your domain is correctly mapped.
Note: Due to the way DNS records propagate, for a temporary period, your domain might work for you but not other visitors, or vice versa. If the records appear correct and the domain is working for some visitors, wait 24 to 72 hours and the domain should work for everyone.
Getting more help
If you've reviewed all the steps here, but you're still seeing errors in your Squarespace settings, we recommend contacting your domain provider for more help.