Connecting an eNom domain to your Squarespace 5 site

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

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

Note: This guide was written in 2015, and eNom's interface may have changed. For a more recent guide with general steps, visit Connecting a domain to your Squarespace 5 site.

Before you begin

Before following the steps in this guide, review our requirements for connecting a third-party domain.

Step 1 - Log into eNom

Go to www.enom.com. Under the Domains menu, select my domains and click your domain name. This opens the Domain Control Panel.

Under the Domain Over area, click the Host Records link. 

Step 2 - Add the CNAME Record

In the Domain Name Host Records page:

  1. Under Host Name, add www
  2. Select CNAME (Alias) from the drop-down menu under Record Type
  3. Under Address, add ext5-cust.squarespace.com 

Step 3 - Add the A Records

In the Edit Host Records panel

  1. Find the record with @ (none) in its Host Name field.
  2. Next to @ (none), ensure A (Address) is selected in the Record Type drop-down menu.
  3. Add 198.185.159.160 to the Address field.
  4. Click Save.

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 eNom, 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.

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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 7.0 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:

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

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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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