Mapping a Domain (General Instructions)Watch Video
This guide is intended for those who have already purchased a custom domain name. If you have not yet purchased a custom domain, you will need to do so using a 3rd-party domain provider like GoDaddy, Nettica, Network Solutions, Dotster, or any other 3rd-party domain provider who can offer you Full DNS Services with your domain hosting account.
If you are on a yearly plan, you can also register a brand new domain name through Squarespace. We have a guide on registering a domain name through Squarespace here.
We have instruction for mapping your domain with several specific domain providers at the bottom of this page.
Note: You will need to use your domain provider's default nameservers in order to successfully map your domain to your Squarespace site.
Note: It is not possible to map a custom domain to a single, specific page within your Squarespace site. All mapped domains will point to the site itself and resolve to the domain configured as the Primary.
Step 1 - Create a CNAME Record
Login to your domain registrar's site, and locate the Zone File Settings, DNS Manager, or similar area of your control panel. Here you will create a CNAME record that points your domain to us. You'll generally see three fields:
Alias - Should be www
(indicating that the www.yourdomain.com record should point to Squarespace)
Type - Should be CNAME
(indicating that you would like to point to Squarespace by using its name)
Points To - Should be ext.squarespace.com
(do not use your Squarespace site address!)
Step 2 - Enable Domain Forwarding
Within your domain provider's Domain Forwarding area, create a 301 (permanent) redirect rule to forward the version of your domain without the www to the version with the www.
domain.com -> www.domain.com
If presented with the options, always select http:// and 301 redirect types.
Note: You should only follow this step if your domain provider does not allow for domain forwarding.
If your domain provider does not allow for domain forwarding you should create an A Record:
Host - Should be * or @ depending on your provider
(indicating that your naked domain, yourdomain.com,should point to Squarespace)
Type - Should be A Record
(indicating that you would like to point to Squarespace by using an IP address)
Points To - Should be 184.108.40.206 or 220.127.116.11
(our IP address)
Note: If we have a guide for your specific domain provider, please follow those instructions.
Step 3 - Set Up Domain Mapping
Within your Site Manager, click Settings to access your domains.
Click the Link Existing Domain button to add your domain to your Squarespace site.
Then just type in your domain name and click the Add button to add your custom domain.
Note: DNS changes can take up to 72 hours to propagate across the entire internet.
You can click to view our guides for mapping your domain if it is hosted with a specific domain provider below.
- Network Solutions
Mapped your domain and now your email isn't working? Check out our guide here for more information.