If you purchased a domain from a third-party provider (like GoDaddy, Hover, or 1&1), you can use it with 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.

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.

Provider-Specific Guides

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

Step 1 - Link Your Domain

In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains.

Click Connect A Third-Party Domain.

Enter the full domain name you’re linking in the Domain Name box, and then click Continue.

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 map 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.

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.

Step 2 - Log Into Your Provider

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.

Step 3 - 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.

Step 4 - 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.

Step 5 - Add the A Records

In the last four lines of your Domains panel, copy the IP addresses that appear in the Details column. 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
@ A
@ A
@ A

Should I delete other records?

A 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.

MX Records
Don’t delete MX Records at this point. MX Records connect your email address. Deleting them could interfere with your email service.

Step 6 - 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 could take up to 24 hours for this information to process.

To go the previous panel, click the Back arrow in the top-left corner.

Step 7 - Wait and Test

If all records are entered correctly, your domain will connect to your site within 24 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 “Correctly Linked” label.

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.