Squarespace 5 DNS records for connecting a third-party domain

This guide lists the DNS records you’ll need to add to connect a third-party domain to your Squarespace 5 site. You’ll edit these records in your domain provider account after linking your domain to your site. 

For help with the full process, visit Connecting a domain to your Squarespace 5 site. If you're having trouble adding specific records to your domain's settings, contact your domain provider. 

Tip: If you've registered a free Squarespace domain, the domain connects automatically. 

CNAME

You need a CNAME to connect the “www” version of your domain to your site. Add this CNAME to your domain provider using the following settings:

Alias or Host Name

Type

Points to

www

CNAME or CNAME Alias

ext5-cust.squarespace.com

A Records

You’ll need four A Records to connect the version of your domain without the “www” to your site. Each A Record points to an IP address. Add the A Records using the following settings. Some providers only allow adding one A Record. If you can't add all four, use the record in the first row:

Alias or Host Name

Type

Points to

@

A Record

198.185.159.160

@

A Record

198.185.159.161

@

A Record

198.49.23.160

@

A Record

198.49.23.161

Troubleshooting

I can’t find or add these records in my provider account

Each domain provider has a different process for adding records to your domain. If you can't find the DNS records within your domain provider, these suggestions can help:

  • Ensure that your domain provider offers full editing access to your domain's DNS records.
  • Review our provider-specific domain connection guides for step-by-step instructions.
  • Contact your domain provider and ask how to add the DNS records to your domain.

The DNS Settings panel shows errors

It’s normal to see a “Domain Not Resolving” message immediately after adding these DNS records. Ensure your records are added correctly, and give the domain up to 72 hours to connect. The Internet is a big place, and it can take time for all of its servers to catch up with every change. The best course of action is to wait.

While you wait, you can check your domain’s progress across the Internet by using Whatsmydns.net. If you’re still seeing an issue with your domain after 72 hours, let us know and we'll be happy to take a look at your DNS settings to make sure everything is set up correctly.

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Squarespace 5 DNS records for connecting a third-party domain