How to Connect Your Namecheap Domain to Squarespace

How to Start a Blog: Part 4 (Connecting Your Namecheap Domain to Squarespace)

WARNING: this post is going to be super dry but super helpful if you need help connecting your Namecheap domain to your Squarespace website! If you chose to go with another domain registrar or blogging platform (besides Namecheap + SS) this post won't be much help to you but give Google a good search and you will easily be able to find step-by-step directions for connecting your domain! 

Let's get to it.

1. In your SS dashboard go to > Settings > Domains

 

2. Select "Use a Domain I Own" > "I want to connect a domain instead"

 

3. Enter your domain name > "Continue"

4. Ensure Namecheap is selected, and then click "Connect Domain". 

 

Your domain will appear in the Domains panel, with a note that says "Can't verify domain ownership."

Click your domain, then click DNS Settings. The DNS panel will open with the records you need to enter in your Namecheap account so your domain connects to Squarespace. (Keep this panel open for your reference.)

 

log in to Namecheap

At this point you will log in to your NameCheap account / dashboard and add the Required Data + Records to your DNS Table: 

> Select "Manage" on the line of your designated domain name and then > "Advanced DNS"


Add the first CNAME 

In the Advanced DNS section for your Namecheap domain, click "Add New Record" and add the following credentials:

> Type column = CNAME Record (use the drop-down menu)

> Host column = the unique code from the Host column in the Domains panel (reference your Squarespace domain panel...this is a random string of numbers and letters.)

> Value column = verify.squarespace.com

> TTL column = Automatic

> Click "Save All Changes".


Add the second CNAME

> Add New Record

Type column = CNAME Record (use the drop-down menu)

> Host column = www

> Value column = ext-cust.squarespace.com

> TTL column = Automatic.

> Click "Save All Changes".


Add your A Records

> Add New Record

> Type column = A Record (use the drop-down menu)

> Host column = @

> Value column = 198.185.159.144

> TTL column = Automatic.

> Click "Save All Changes".

Repeat this process until you've added the following 3 IP Addresses:

  • 198.185.159.145
  • 198.49.23.144
  • 198.49.23.145

Refresh

After changing your records, return to the Squarespace Domains panel, and click "Refresh" below the records.

The Current Data column in the panel will start to update and show if your records are entered correctly. Don't stress if you don't see immediate results! It can take up to 24 hours for this information to process.

Phew. That wasn't so bad, was it? If you have any problems or questions just shoot me a message, I'd love to help you! Or checkout my new 6-week Build a Badass Blog Coaching Program!

 

xx,

Riss

How to Connect Your Namecheap Domain to Squarespace