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How To: Point your domain to Squarespace 6

This tutorial will show you how to point your Hover domain name at your Squarespace 6 hosted website.

 

There are two general steps that need to be performed to use your domain name with Squarespace:

1) Set up the correct DNS records in your Hover account

2) Link your domain in your Squarespace account

Step 1: Linking Your Domain

  1. Log into your Squarespace account.
  2. In the Home Menu, click Settings, then click Domains.

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  3. Click Link An Existing Domain.

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  4. Enter your domain name and click Link.14dd11ee-664a-45e8-989a-310a454b17b3_display.png
  5. Copy the unique code that appears.6a2dfb52-ea1b-4d15-98f3-e4bdf71464c4_display.png

 

Step 2: Setting up the DNS in your Hover account

  1. Log in to Hover.com. Visit https://www.hover.com/signin and sign in with your Hover username and password.

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  2. From the Your Account menu, choose Domains.

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  3. Click on the domain you wish to connect to.

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  4. Ensure in the Nameservers section on the Overview page the name servers are pointed to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com.

    PLEASE NOTE: changing your nameservers may disrupt any domain forwards or email hosting services.  If you are in doubt whether this applies to you, please contact customer service by email at help@hover.com, live chat down below in the chat window, or give us a call at 1-866-731-6556 Mon-Fri 8am-11pm, Sat-Sun 8am-8pm EST.

    If you need help editing your nameservers see: How to: Change your domain nameservers 

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  5. Next, up to the right, click the DNS tab.

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  6. Click Add A Record.

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  7. In the Type drop-down menu, select CNAME. The names of the boxes will change.

            - In the Hostname box, enter www.

            - In the Target Name box, enter ext-cust.squarespace.com .

            - Click ADD RECORD.

            - Ensure the CNAME record matches what's shown below:

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  8. Click Add A Record.

            - In the Record Type drop-down menu, select CNAME. The names of the boxes will change.

            - In the Hostname box, paste the unique code from the Domains panel.

            - In the Target NAME box, enter verify.squarespace.com .

            - Click Add Record.

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  9. Add A Records

    Click Add a Record

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  10. Leave A in the Record Type drop-down menu.

    - In the IP Address box, enter 198.185.159.144 .

    - Click Add Record.

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  11.  Repeat this process three more times and enter these fields in the IP Address box.

          - 198.185.159.145

          - 198.49.23.144

          - 198.49.23.145

          You should have 4 A Records which look exactly like these

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Note: Delete any other A Records. The only A Records in your account should match the A Records listed above.

Complete Domain Verification

Return to the Squarespace domains panel. Under your domain name, click Verify Domain to complete the domain mapping process.

Your Hover domain will appear in your Squarespace domains settings immediately after completing this step. Both the www and non-www version of your domain is automatically added.

 

Note: Domain mapping can take up to two days (48 hours) to take effect. If you see any error messages after following these steps, wait three days and check your domain again.

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