When transferring or connecting a third-party domain to Squarespace, you'll need access to its DNS records and other settings. For help with these settings, we recommend contacting your domain provider. They're more familiar with how their service works and can look into your domain setup directly.
This guide covers situations where you might need support from your domain provider and example messages you can copy and paste into an email to get the conversation started.
Note: This information applies to most domain providers. If the steps in our guides conflict with what your provider suggests, follow their recommendations.
Transfer help - Ask if your domain is eligible
While we can transfer in most domains, not all domains are eligible. During the transfer process, we'll prompt you to check if your domain can be transferred. To be extra sure, you can contact your domain provider and ask them to check for you. Use this example message as a starting point:
I want to transfer my domain, enter your domain here, to Squarespace. Is my domain eligible for a transfer? Here are their requirements:
- The domain’s TLD must be on Squarespace's supported TLD list.
- The domain can't be a registry premium domain.
- Sixty days must have elapsed since I registered or transferred the domain.
- The domain must be active and not past-due.
- The domain must be unlocked.
- I must have less than 9 years left in its registration term.
Transfer help - Ask about other services
Some providers require keeping your domain with them because some services, like email, won’t transfer to us. If you need help, you can ask them directly with a message like this:
I’m preparing to transfer my domain, enter your domain here, to Squarespace. Are there any services, like email, currently linked to my account that will break or stop working if I move to Squarespace?
If your domain is ready for a transfer, follow our steps to move it to Squarespace.
Transfer help - Ask if your provider released the domain
If your Domains panel shows a Transfer In Progress message, we might be waiting for your current domain provider to acknowledge the transfer and release your domain. Some providers let you know they’ve done this, either by sending you an email or alerting you in your DNS settings, while some do it automatically. This timing is out of Squarespace’s control, but most providers automatically approve the transfer five days after you confirm the transfer in Squarespace.
If you haven’t received an email or an alert in your settings, you can email your provider to see if they’ve acknowledged the transfer. Use a message like this:
I’m trying to transfer my domain, enter your domain here, to Squarespace, and I’m still waiting for it to connect. Have you already acknowledged the transfer and released the domain on your end? Is there anything else I need to do to approve the transfer?
If your provider replies that they have acknowledged the transfer and released the domain, it may still take a few more days to fully connect to your site. During this time, Squarespace can’t speed up the process.
Transfer help - If the transfer failed
If your transfer failed, try troubleshooting by fixing common reasons why this might happen. If you still can’t solve the issue, ask your provider if they can see what went wrong. Here's an example message:
I’m trying to transfer my domain, enter your domain name here, to Squarespace, and the transfer failed. I confirmed that it was eligible for transfer and that all information was entered correctly.
Do you know why the transfer was denied?
If your provider says the domain is still eligible for transfer, you can restart the transfer process.
Connecting help - Adding DNS records
If you're connecting your domain and are having trouble entering A Records and CNAMEs in your third-party provider account, we recommend asking them for help.
Before you begin
- Complete Steps 1, 2, and 3 of this guide.
- The second CNAME record includes a unique verification code from Squarespace. After following Steps 1, 2, and 3, find this code in the first row of your DNS Settings panel to share with your provider. Here’s an example of how your unique code might appear:
I’d like to map my domain, enter your domain name here, to a Squarespace site. To do this, I need to add the following two CNAME records and four A Records to my DNS settings. Can you help me with this process?
- Record Type: CNAME
- Alias or Host Name: www
- Points To: ext-cust.squarespace.com
- Record Type: CNAME
- Alias or Host Name: Copy and paste the unique code from the first row of your Squarespace DNS settings
- Points to: verify.squarespace.com
- Type or Record Type: A Record
- Alias or Host: @ or leave blank
- Points To: 188.8.131.52
If your DNS settings only allow one A record, I can use the one above. If you support adding more A Records, I need three more records with the same alias or host pointing to these addresses:
Connecting help - If your provider doesn't support CNAMEs
If you're having trouble editing CNAME Records, or if your provider doesn't allow you to edit them, ask them to help you try a TXT Record. You can start with this example message:
I’d like to map my domain, enter your domain name here, to a Squarespace site. I’m having trouble verifying it with a CNAME. I'd like to try using a TXT record instead. To do this, I need to add the following record to my DNS settings. Can you help me with this process?
- Record Type: TXT
- Alias or Host Name: @ or leave blank
- Points to: Copy and paste the unique code from the first row of your Squarespace DNS settings
You can also send a link to our guide on verifying with a TXT record.
After your provider confirms that these values are entered, return to the Domains panel in your Squarespace site and click Refresh below your records. This should successfully connect your domain to Squarespace. Note that it can sometimes take up to 24 hours for the Current Data column to reflect the changes.
If your domain provider says they don't offer full DNS access, note that this is required to successfully connect a domain. If this is the case, you’ll need to transfer the domain to a new provider before connecting it to Squarespace.
Connecting help - Custom email address questions
If you have a custom email address with your third-party domain and need help connecting to Squarespace, you can usually use the same instructions and sample email as above.
If your email provider is different from your domain provider, contact your email provider for help adding these records.
To learn more, visit Using a custom domain email you already own with Squarespace.
If your email provider says they don't offer full DNS access, note that this is required to connect a domain and third-party email associated with it to us. If this is the case, we recommend asking your domain provider about your custom email options.
Connecting help - If the domain isn't connecting
If you’ve already completed the steps to connect your domain to Squarespace and it's not connecting, you can ask your provider for troubleshooting help.
We recommend taking a screenshot of your Squarespace DNS settings to attach to your email. Your provider can use it to compare to the settings on their end and correct anything that doesn’t match. You can ask them using this example message:
I’m trying to use my domain, enter your domain name here, with a Squarespace site. It’s not connecting properly. Can you verify that my DNS records on your end match the required values in this screenshot from my Squarespace site?
Here’s an example of how your DNS settings might look:
Connecting help - If the SSL certificate has an issue generating
If your SSL certificate is showing an unresolved issue message, try our troubleshooting steps first. If the issue persists, it may be a problem with a CAA record. This type of record is used by some domain providers to limit which companies can generate certificates for their domains.
Ask your domain provider to review their system's settings and add a CAA record. If they don't support CAA records, they will need to ensure that their system is replying properly to our system's query. You can use this sample message to ask for help when contacting their support team:
I've connected my domain, enter your domain name here, to my Squarespace site and I'd like to use the SSL certificate they offer. When the certificate attempts to generate they're receiving an error message that might be caused by a CAA record. Does enter your domain provider here use CAA records?
If so, can you add a CAA record to allow the SSL certificate to generate? Here are the specifics of the record to add:
- My domain: enter your domain name here
- Type: CAA
- Flag: 0
- Tag: issue (or issuewild if connecting a subdomain)
- CA issuer: letsencrypt.org
If your system doesn't support CAA records, Squarespace's system needs to receive a "NOERROR" response for CAA and unknown query types. Would you confirm that your system returns this response for those two query types?
Campaigns help - Adding verification records
Before you begin
- Create a sender profile. You can’t verify a domain until you’ve first linked it to a sender profile.
- Find your verification records. Since your domain provider can’t access your Squarespace account, we recommend taking a screenshot of the records shown in the Update DNS Settings panel of Email Campaigns and attaching it to your message. Alternatively, you can copy and paste the three unique values from the Data column into the example message below, but ensure you keep track of the row each record belongs to.
I’d like to verify my domain, enter your domain name here, so I can build email campaigns with my Squarespace site. To do this, I need to add the following records to my DNS settings. Can you help me with this process?
- Record Type: CNAME
- Alias or Host Name: squarespace_domainkey
- Points To: Copy and paste the unique code in the first Data row of your Campaigns settings
- Record Type: TXT
- Alias or Host Name: @
- Points To: Copy and paste the unique code in the second Data row of your Campaigns settings
- Record Type: TXT
- Alias or Host Name: for _DMARC
- Points To: Copy and paste the unique code in the third Data row of your Campaigns settings