Mapping a Domain (General Instructions)
If you purchased a domain from a third-party provider (like GoDaddy, Hover, or 1&1), you can use it for your Squarespace site by following a process called domain mapping. This process requires you to change a few settings in your registrar's account to tell the domain where to point. This guide will walk you through our general domain mapping steps.
If you haven't purchased a custom domain, you can register a new domain name through Squarespace. We have a guide on registering a domain name through Squarespace here.
Before You Begin
To follow this guide, you should already have registered a domain with a third-party provider. Once you map your domain by following the steps in this guide, you must leave it registered with your provider to keep it mapped to your Squarespace site.
- You'll need to use your domain provider's default nameservers to successfully map your domain to your Squarespace site.
- It's not possible to map a custom domain to a specific page in your Squarespace site. All mapped domains will point to the site itself and resolve to the primary domain.
Instead of following the general instructions on this page, we have step-by-step guides many popular providers:
- Dyn & Nettica
- Network Solutions
Step 1 - Link Your Domain
In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains.
Click Link An Existing Domain.
Enter your domain, and click Link.
Copy the code that appears.
Step 2 - Add Your CNAME
Log into your domain registrar's site, and find where you manage your DNS settings. Depending on your provider, this may be called Zone File Settings, DNS Manager, or something similar.
Here, you'll create two CNAME records: one to point your domain to Squarespace, and the other to verify your domain.
First CNAME Record
To point your domain to Squarespace, ensure the boxes for your first CNAME record match the values below:
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.
Second CNAME Record
To verify your domain with Squarespace, ensure the boxes match the values below:
Step 3 - Add A Records
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.
Should I delete other records?
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.
Don’t delete MX Records at this point. MX Records connect your email address. Deleting them could interfere with your email service.
Step 4 - Complete Domain Verification
Return to the Domains panel (Step 1). Under your domain name, click Verify Domain to complete the domain mapping process.
Note: Domain mapping can take up to three days (72 hours) to process. If you see any error messages after following these steps, wait three days and check your domain again. If you have issues with mapping your domain, we suggest contacting your domain provider first.
Alternative Verification Method
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.