Connecting a GoDaddy domain to your Squarespace 5 site

If you purchased a domain from GoDaddy, you can use it for your Squarespace 5 site by following a process called domain mapping. This process includes changing a few settings in your GoDaddy account, which will tell the domain where to point.

To follow this guide, you should already have an active domain with GoDaddy. Once you connect your domain by following the steps in this guide, you must leave it registered with GoDaddy to keep it connected to your Squarespace 5 site.

Note: Before you begin, review our requirements for connecting a third-party domain.

Step 1 - Log into GoDaddy  

Go to www.godaddy.com and log in to your account. Click Manage in the Domain List section.

Click your custom domain under Domain Name.

Click the DNS Zone File tab.

 

Step 2 - Add the CNAME Record  

In the DNS Zone File tab, click Add New Record.

Note: If you already see a CNAME (Alias) record with a host of www, click the notepad icon to edit the Points To box rather than adding a new record.

Then follow these steps:

  1. Select CNAME (Alias) from the Record Type drop-down.
  2. In the Host box, enter www
  3. In the Points To box, enter ext5-cust.squarespace.com 
  4. Leave the TTL column set to 1 Hour.
  5. Click Finish.

Step 3 - Add the A Records

After adding your CNAME, add four A Records for the non-www version of your domain. In the DNS Zone File tab, click Add New Record.

  1. Select A (Host) from the Record Type drop-down.
  2. In the Host column, enter @
  3. In the Value column, enter 198.185.159.160
  4. Leave the TTL column set to 1 Hour.
  5. Click Add Another.

Repeat this process three more times using the following values:

  • 198.185.159.161
  • 198.49.23.160
  • 198.49.23.161  

Step 4 - Link your domain

After setting up your CNAME and A Record settings with GoDaddy, link the domain to your site.

  1. Log into your Squarespace 5 site.
  2. Open the Website Management bar and click Custom Domain under Structure.
  3. Click Link Domain.
  4. Enter your custom domain.
  5. Click Add.

If all records are entered correctly, your domain will connect to your site within 24 hours. At times, it can take up to 72 hours to connect. We have more information about this on our Squarespace 7 help site.

While you wait, you can check your domain’s progress across the Internet by using Whatsmydns.net. Until it connects, you'll see one of these two warnings:

When your GoDaddy domain is correctly linked, it will appear in the Domains list.

Step 5 - Set domain display preferences (optional)

When you link a domain to your site, both the www domain version (e.g. www.yourdomain.com) and non-www domain version (e.g. domain.com) are automatically included.

Click the Toggle WWW link next to the domain to display the version you prefer.   

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