Connecting a Network Solutions domain to your Squarespace 5 site

If you purchased a domain from Network Solutions, 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 Network Solutions account, which will tell the domain where to point.

To follow this guide, you should already have an active domain with Network Solutions. Once you connect your domain by following the steps in this guide, you must leave it registered with Network Solutions 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 Network Solutions  

Go to www.networksolutions.com and log in to your account. Click Edit DNS in the Account Manager.

Click Edit Advanced DNS Records for the domain you want to modify. 

Step 2 - Check the current A Records 

Before adding your CNAME records, ensure that you don't have an active www value within your A Records.

To check, navigate to IP Address (A Records) in your Network Solutions account and click Edit A Records.

Find the www row and delete any values in the corresponding Numeric IP box.

Keeping this box blank will allow you to add www as a CNAME host in the next step.

Step 3 - Add the CNAME Record  

In your Network Solutions account, scroll down to Host Aliases (CNAME Records) and click Edit CNAME Records.

  • In the first Alias box, enter www.
  • Click the circle next to Other Host.
  • Enter ext5-cust.squarespace.com in the Other Host box.
Note: If you already have a record for www, check Other Host and enter ext5-cust.squarespace.com in the box.

Click Continue.

Step 4 - Add the A Records

In your Network Solutions account, under IP Address (A Records) click Edit A Records.

  • Find the record with @ (None) in its Host field.
  • Add 198.185.159.160 to the right of @ (None).
  • Scroll down and add @ to three boxes in the left hand column.

Add the following values to the three boxes directly to the right of where you entered each @:

  • 198.185.159.161
  • 198.49.23.160
  • 198.49.23.161

Then click Continue.

Step 5 - Link your domain

After setting up your CNAME and A Record settings with Network Solutions, 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 Network Solutions domain is correctly linked, it will appear in the Domains list.

Step 6 - 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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