How to transfer a domain from Porkbun to another registrar

Transferring a domain to another registrar? Before you go, we’d love it if you took a moment to read “Why Porkbun is actually the best deal around.” You might be surprised at the answer!

Still want to transfer your domain away?

Let’s do it!

Before we start, please answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it away from Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with Porkbun for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another. Please keep in mind that if you become dissatisfied with your new registrar, you’ll need to wait 60 days to transfer your domain back to Porkbun for the same reason.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at Porkbun is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your contact info. The registrar you’re transferring to will require that the contact info attached to your domain have an up-to-date email address. To change it, log into Porkbun and from the Domain Management console, locate your domain. To the right of the domain, find and click the gear icon. Select “Contacts.”

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Verify that the email address on file is correct. If it’s not, change it. If you’re setting contact types individually, make sure the email address is current for both the Registrant and Administrative contact. Once your info is current, click Submit to apply your changes and return to the Domain Management console.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain.

This one’s easy: click the green locked padlock icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to unlock the domain. Say yes. The green padlock icon appears is replaced by a grey unlocked padlock icon to indicate that the domain is unlocked and ready to transfer.

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…and the third and final step:

Turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click the green sunglasses icon to the right of your domain. You’ll be asked if you’re sure you want to turn off WHOIS Privacy. Click OK. The green sunglasses icon is replaced by a grey regular-glasses icon to indicate that WHOIS privacy is turned off.

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Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) to prove that you’re you. From your Domain Management console, click the gear icon and select “Transfer Auth Code.” screen-shot-2016-11-18-at-8-52-46-am

A window will pop up with your key.

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Initiate the transfer

In another tab or window, connect to your new registrar and begin the process of transferring over your domain. When asked for your authorization code, copy and paste in the code you generated in the previous step.

Once you’ve paid your new registrar, they’ll send you an email to confirm the transfer.

We’re sorry to see you go!

Hey, we’re sorry it didn’t work out. No hard feelings. If you are ever dissatisfied with your new registrar, or you just miss us, it’s easy to transfer your domain back to Porkbun. In most cases any months of registration you purchased at the other registrar will automatically added to your Porkbun account upon your return! We’ll miss you in the meantime, though.

Arrivederci!

How to transfer a domain from GoDaddy to Porkbun

So, you’ve got a domain at GoDaddy that you want to transfer to Porkbun. Let’s do it!

Potential showstoppers

Before we start, answer the following questions:

Was your domain first registered 60 or more days ago? If so, great! If not, you’ll need to wait until the 60 day mark before transferring it to Porkbun. We feel your pain, but our hands are tied.

Has your domain been with GoDaddy for at least 60 days? Same deal as above. ICANN rules say a domain must stay at one registrar for 60 days before it can be transferred to another.

Did your domain expire recently, or is it about to expire? GoDaddy generally allows you 42 days once your domain expired to transfer domains to another registrar, but the exact figure varies by top-level domain. If it’s close, you may want to renew your domain with GoDaddy first before transferring it to Porkbun to prevent any interruption of service. Please note that domain transfers can take up to five days to complete. Please consult GoDaddy’s expired domain transfer policy or contact GoDaddy support for a definite answer about whether your expired domain will transfer in time.

Preparing your domain for transfer

Made it this far? Great! Next, let’s check to make sure your domain is ready to be transferred.

First up, make sure that your contact info at GoDaddy is up-to-date. If you’ve changed email addresses since you first registered your domain, now’s the time to update your domain contact info at GoDaddy. Specifically, the email address associated with your “Administrator” contact must be correct in order for your domain transfer to go through. If you don’t know how to change your contact info, GoDaddy provides a guide to help you through the process.

⚠️  WARNING: If your email address is out-of-date, update it. However, if you change your Organization name (or your First or Last name if there is no organization listed), you won’t be able to transfer your domain to Porkbun for an additional 60 days.

The second step to prepare is to unlock your domain at GoDaddy. This guide shows you how.

…and the third and final step:

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Protected Registration service, cancel it.

If you purchased GoDaddy’s Private Registration service, cancel it.

Get your authorization code

We’re almost there! You need to grab an authorization code (aka EPP key) from GoDaddy to prove that you’re you. This guide shows you how to get your code. GoDaddy will email it to you within 24 hours to the email address listed under your “Administrator” contact.

Initiate the transfer

Once you’ve got your code, go to https://porkbun.com/transfer

Type in your domain to be transferred under Domain Name, then copy the authorization code from your email from GoDaddy and paste it into the Auth Code field. Hit Submit.

Once you’ve paid Porkbun, Porkbun and GoDaddy will both send you emails asking you to confirm the transfer. Find the Porkbun email and click the provided link to confirm the transfer. Then, find the GoDaddy email and follow the instructions to confirm the transfer on their end. If you don’t receive the email from GoDaddy fairly quickly, follow this guide to manually approve the transfer.

Now we play the waiting game…

Pat yourself on the back for making it this far! Now that you’ve initiated the transfer, it can take up to five business days for it to complete. You’ll know your domain has transferred over once it shows up in your Domain Management area. You can check on the status of pending transfers by logging into your Porkbun account, clicking your username in the upper right, and clicking Transfer Management.

Web hosting, etc.

Once your domain is transferred over, you may want to move over any hosted web content, connect your domain at an existing web hosting service, or build a site from scratch.

If GoDaddy provided your web hosting in addition to your domain hosting, we can help you move your hosted WordPress, wiki, etc. over to Porkbun. Email support@porkbun.com with the specifics of what you’re moving over and we’ll come up with a plan to make it work. Our pricing for traditional web hosting is available here.

If you want to build a site from scratch but aren’t a developer, Porkbun has partnered with Weebly to offer a free site builder that allows anyone to build beautiful, practical, responsive websites. We’re proud of our site builder, and we think you’ll like it. Did we mention it’s free?

Finally, if you just want your domain to connect to existing hosting service, we’ve got that covered as well! We offer guides that show how to quickly connect your Porkbun-hosted domain to Wix, Squarespace or Weebly, or pretty much any other hosted web service.

How to update your Porkbun-hosted website via FTP

If you’ve purchased full-blown web hosting from Porkbun, you may be wishing there was an easy way to update your website via FTP. Well, there is! Here’s how:

Log into your Porkbun account and navigate to Domain Management.

If you’ve purchased traditional web hosting from Porkbun, you’ll see a green icon that looks like a bee hive just to the right of your domain name. That’s the link to take you to the Web Hosting screen. Click it.

screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-11-53-57-amOn the Web Hosting screen, click “Login” in the Control Panel box.

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Now that you’re logged into cPanel, click the “FTP Accounts” button in the “FILES” section.

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FTP Account settings

We’re now ready to set up the FTP account we’ll use to manually update our website. Let’s look at how we should set up the account to allow for easy FTP changes to your website.

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First up is the Log In field. Here’s where you’ll put the username you’ll use to log in over FTP. Some examples are: admin, webmaster, etc.

You may be surprised to see that you are asked for a Password. This is because you can set up multiple FTP accounts that are restricted to different areas of your website if desired.

Under Directory, type:

public_html

The above gives this FTP user access to your entire website. If you’d like to restrict access to a subfolder of your website, you can instead enter:

public_html/subfolder

The Quota can remain “Unlimited” unless you need to limit the amount of data that your user can upload to your website.

Once you’ve got everything looking right, click Create FTP Account to create the account. You’re now ready to log in!

Logging in

To retrieve your login credentials, click the gear icon or “Configure FTP Client” under FTP Accounts near the bottom of the page. screen-shot-2016-11-14-at-12-08-18-pm

Note that your FTP username is your Log In name @ your DomainYou must enter the entire FTP Username when logging in via FTP, not just the Log In name.

You can simply copy and paste the FTP Username and FTP Server into your FTP client, or you can also download pre-built configuration files for your FTP client of choice in the Configuration Files section. Click the blue “FTP Configuration File” that matches your FTP client, and a configuration file will download that can be imported into your FTP client by following the linked instructions underneath the download link.

Email setup – Outlook

If you’ve purchased email hosting at Porkbun and now you’re looking to access that email within your Microsoft Outlook account, look no further! What follows is a set by step guide to connecting the two accounts. If you get stuck on a step or encounter a bug, contact us a support@porkbun.com

  1. Log into your Porkbun account and click the envelope next to your domain name. If you’ve purchased email hosting already, you should see a screen that resembles this:Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.56.32 PM
  2. Keep that page up, open up a new tab in your browser and navigate to your Outlook account. Once you’ve logged in click the gear icon in the top right hand corner of the browser. In the drop down menu, select “Connected Accounts”Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 5.01.53 PM
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  4. Fill out the following fields as I have, substituting my email address and password for your own. IMPORTANT: this is the password that you set when you created your email, not your Porkbun account password.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.38.37 PM
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  6. Fill out the top half of the follow form with your own information. The password and Email should match what you entered on the previous page. Your username is your full email address. Mirror what I’ve typed in for the bottom half of the form.Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.39.40 PM
  7. Your account is now connected! Let us know if you have any issues by contacting support@porkbun.com!Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.39.56 PM

 

Email hosting vs. email forwarding – the difference

Let’s imagine that you have just bought a shiny new domain name and you want the world to know. You could follow the well-trod routes such as posting to Facebook and writing to mother, OR you could setup a new email address and announce it to the world in style. The question then becomes, “which email option is best for me and how the heck do they work?”

Well, here are your options: email hosting or email forwarding. To make this tutorial more comprehensible, we’re going to assume that you’re setting your email up at Porkbun. If you’re doing this at a different registrar (a) welcome, you should transfer your domains over to us! (b) the concepts will be the same, but the setup process will be somewhat different.

Email forwarding

When you go through the incredibly easy, one-step process that is email forwarding, you’re telling Porkbun that whenever anyone sends mail to good@example.email it should end up in your primary email account.

So, if I bought the domain www.crooked.ink, and then setup the email forward as shown below. All emails that are sent to tryme@crooked.ink would go to my work email at Porkbun. That’s a fully functioning email forward by the way, so feel free to drop a line.

Here’s the rub, an email forward will only deliver messages to your inbox. When I hit reply to an email that was sent to tryme@crooked.ink, it’s going to be coming from kino@porkbun.com and the illusion will have been shattered.

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Pros:
+ Very easy to setup
+ Free (for up to 10 email forwards)
+ You don’t have to worry about multiple email accounts

Cons:
– You can’t reply with the same email address

Email hosting

Now that you’re an email forwarding wiz, you probably realize that email forwarding is like setting up a mail forward at the post office except more permanent. Email hosting, on the other hand, is akin to buying another house. It’s a totally new and totally separate email address. You can send and receive messages, store pictures of your cats, setup your signature line and more!

If you’re thinking that email hosting sounds great, you’re right! But you’re not done learning yet. Email hosting isn’t free. At Porkbun is costs $2/month (billed yearly). We have to charge something because, unlike email forwarding, you’re going to be storing data on our servers. All of those cat pictures and chain emails have live somewhere, at your gmail address they live on Google’s servers. With our email hosting solution, they live on our servers and that costs us something.

The second point to make is that email hosting can be a bit more complicated to set up. If you want all your email in one spot (whether that be on your phone, Gmail, Ymail, AOL, etc.) then you’ll have to get your hands a little dirty. You won’t have to go alone though! Here you can find our setup guides, which we’re always expanding upon. You can also contact us at any time at support@porkbun.com.

Pros:
+ Send email
+ Receive email
+ Comes with 10GB of storage
+ People will be impressed

Cons:
– Costs $2/month
– Requires some setup

To set up email hosting on Porkbun, you’ll have to decide what comes before the “@” and you’ll have to set a password. Remember this password as you might be using it to log into your email in the future. Once you’ve done that, you should see this:Screen Shot 2016-05-18 at 4.30.34 PM

The globe icon will take you to your email inbox, as will the link “webmail.porkbun.com.” The person icon will be how you can change your password and the trashcan will delete your email address. Lastly, the information in the green box will be relevant if you try to connect your new email account to Outlook, Gmail, your phone or any other email provider. More information on that here.

What do you need?

If you want people to contact you without having to give out your personal email, make your company appear larger than it is, or don’t have any problem with receiving email from one address and sending with another then go with an email forward! If you’re on the fence, get an email forward and see how it works for you. You can always grab email hosting as well.

At this point, you probably already know whether or not you want email hosting. If you want to send emails with your new address then you’ll need email hosting.

As always, contact us if you have any questions! Have a great day.

 

 

 

Porkbun Email Client Setup – iPhones

So, you just setup a wonderful new email address by using Porkbun Email and now you want to send and receive emails on that account on your iPhone? Look no further! What follows is an eight step roadmap that will get your email up and running in under ten minutes. If, for whatever reason, you receive an error message during the setup process, contact us! We’re here to help and we’re pretty speedy about it. Ok, let’s get to it.

 

Step 1: Open up “Settings,” scroll down and click on “Mail, Contacts, Calendars”

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Step 2: Click “Add Account”

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Step 3: Click “Other”

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Step 4: Click “Add Mail Account”

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Step 5: Under the name tab, enter the name you want your emails to show up as (i.e. John  Smith). Then enter in your new email and the password that you chose when you created this email account. Once you’re done click “Next.”

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Step 6: Now, you’ll be filling out the “incoming mail server” and the “outgoing mail server” sections. In the “Host Name” tab, enter in “imap.porkbun.com” then enter your full email under “User Name.” Under outgoing mail server, enter “smtp.porkbun.com” as the “Host Name” then type out your full email in “User Name” as well as your email password under “Password.” It does say optional on those last two options, but they’re not. Crazy, I know. Once you’re done click “Next” in the top right corner.

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Step 7: Click “Save”

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Step 8: Pop some champagne because you’re all set up! Now you should be able to access your Porkbun Email through your Mail application. Again, if you receive any error messages during setup or when attempting to send/receive emails, let us know! Our email is support@porkbun.com.

 

 

Porkbun Email Client Setup – Gmail

So, you’ve claimed your shiny new domain via Porkbun and you want a custom email address at that domain… and you’d like to able to send/receive from/to that address via Gmail? This guide will step you through that process.

Looking for another email client? Check our other email client setup tutorials.

Step One: Configure Porkbun Email Address

Begin by logging into Porkbun. Open up your Porkbun email settings from the domain management console by clicking on the envelope icon next to the domain you’d like to set up in Gmail.

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The next screen, Email Hosting and Forwarding, will appear differently depending on whether you’ve already set up a Porkbun email address. If you’ve already created a Porkbun email address, skip ahead to the section below, “Verifying Your Porkbun Settings.”

If you haven’t yet set up an address, the screen will look like this:

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Click the “Setup Porkbun Email” button.

On the next screen, type in the email address you’d like for your domain, and input a password for that email address. Don’t forget it! We’ll need it when we’re configuring Gmail.

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Click “Create Email Address” to complete the process.

Verifying your Porkbun settings

If you’ve set up an address, the screen will look like this:

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Take a moment to verify the email address listed under “Current Accounts” is the one you want to access via Gmail. Also, note the green box that contains a cheat sheet of the various settings you’ll need to configure in Gmail. We’ll go over those settings in depth in the next section.

Step Two: Configure Gmail Settings

Next we need to open the Gmail settings. To do this, open Gmail in another tab and click on the gear in upper right hand corner. Select “Settings” from the drop down menu.

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Click the Gmail gear to open up the Gmail settings.

 

Once the settings window opens, select the “Accounts” tab and click on the “Add a POP3 mail account you own” or “Add a mail account” link in the “Check mail from other accounts” section.

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Enter your new email address:

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Add your POP server settings:

These must be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings. Gmail will initially show incorrect settings and you will need to fix them.

  1. Username is your full email address (not just the username).
  2. Password is the password you entered for that email account.
  3. Pop server should be pop.porkbun.com.
  4. Port should be 995.
  5. The “Always use a secure connection when retrieving mail.” checkbox should be selected.
  6. Depending on your personal preference you can choose to leave a copy of email on server, label incoming messages or archive incoming messages instead of sending them to your inbox. Leaving these boxes unchecked is probably preferred.
  7. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Select the option that allows you to send mail as your new address:

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Enter your name:

Provide the name of the owner of this email address. This is what will show when email is sent from this address. “Treat as an alias.” should already be checked, if not you should probably check it.

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Now enter your Porkbun SMTP settings:

Again, these need to be entered EXACTLY as shown on your Porkbun email client configuration settings page.

  1. SMTP server should be smtp.porkbun.com.
  2. Port should be 587.
  3. Username is once again the full email address.
  4. Password is again the password you set up for this email account.
  5. “Secured connection using TLS” needs to be checked.
  6. Click the “Add Account” button.

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Confirm your address:

Google will send a confirmation email to your new address. The confirmation email should appear in your Gmail inbox immediately. If not, you can check for it using the Porkbun webmail client or from the Gmail account you are currently setting up, since we already configured Gmail to check for mail using POP. When you have it, enter your confirmation code or click the provided link to complete the process.

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Step Three: Optional Settings

Under “When replying to a message” you may want to select “Reply from the same address the message was sent to” so that replies to emails sent to your new address will come from it. You can also make your new address your default, so that sending email will automatically default from this new address.

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Step Four: Sending Email From Your New Address

Now when you compose an email from within Gmail there will be a drop down in the “From” section. Your new email address should be in the drop down; selecting the new address will send the message from it.

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Success!

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact support.

How to connect your domain to Wix

With our Quick Connect service, connecting your domain to Wix has never been easier. You can get to the Quick Connect service by either following the setup guide after purchasing your domain or by selecting the Quick Connect option from the domain management screen. Either way, simply click the Wix icon to get started.

Click the Wix icon to get started.

Click the Wix icon to get started.

Step One: Signup for Wix

If you don’t already have a Wix account you can get one by going to wix.com. If you already have an account you can skip this step. Please note, the free version of Wix does not allow domains to be connected and will need to be upgraded.

Step Two: Go to the “connect domain” settings

When you are logged into your Wix account, open the “site” menu at the top of the page and select “connect domain”.

Select "connect domain" from the "site" menu.

Select “connect domain” from the “site” menu.

Step Three: Select to “connect your own customized domain”

When the window that asks you to choose a domain to save your site, select the “connect your own customized domain” option and click the “save & continue” button.

Connect your own customized domain.

Connect your own customized domain.

Step Four: Choose to connect a domain you already own

Select the “connect a domain you already own” option.

Connect a domain you already own.

Connect a domain you already own.

Step five: Upgrade your Wix account if needed

If you haven’t upgraded to a paid version of Wix, you’ll need to do that before continuing. If you’re already on a paid plan you can skip this step.

Upgrade your Wix account if needed.

Upgrade your Wix account if needed.

Step Six: Choose to connect a domain you already own, again

You may be asked whether you want to buy a domain domain or connect one you already own again. We don’t know why, perhaps they want to make sure you’re really really confident with your decision. At any rate, choose the “connect a domain you already own” option, again.

Connect a domain you already own.

Connect a domain you already own.

Step Seven: Enter your domain, registrar, and connection method

Enter the domain your connecting into the domain field, select “other” from the “where did you buy your domain” drop down, and then click the “change” link to change your connection method.

Enter domain, choose other, change connection method.

Enter domain, choose other, change connection method.

Step Eight: Select the “pointing” method

Wix will give you two options for connecting your domain, DNS and pointing. You will want to choose the pointing method. They will show a scary message but you can ignore it. Quick Connect only supports the pointing method and if you want to use other services like email, etc then you will want to use the pointing method. You can use the DNS method if you understand the difference between the two options but to do so you will need to manually modify the name servers for your domain.

Select the pointing method, ignoring the scary message, and then click the "change method" button.

Select the pointing method, ignoring the scary message, and then click the “change method” button.

Step Nine: Click next

You can ignore this screen, we deal with all of this for you. It’s Quick Connect magic!

Just click the next button.

Just click the next button.

Step Ten: Click close

I know. This screen looks remarkably identical to the last. Click the close link.

Click close.

Click close.

Step Eleven: Go back to step two of Quick Connect

Go back to step two of the Quick Connect process and click the connect domain button.

Step Twelve: Success!

You’re all done. You should now get to your Wix site when going to your domain in a web browser.

If you ran into any problems or need help please do not hesitate to contact support 🙂

How to connect your domain to Weebly

With our Quick Connect service, connecting your domain to Weebly has never been easier. You can get to the Quick Connect service by either following the setup guide after purchasing your domain or by selecting the Quick Connect option from the domain management screen. Either way, simply click the Weebly icon to get started.

Click the Weebly icon to get started.

Click the Weebly icon to get started.

Step One: Signup for Weebly

If you don’t already have a Weebly account you can get one by going to weebly.com. If you already have an account you can skip this step. Please note, the free version of Weebly does not allow domains to be connected and will need to be upgraded.

Step Two: Go to the settings page

To open the settings options for your Weebly site click on “Settings” at the top of the screen.

Click on "Settings" at the top of the screen.

Click on “Settings” at the top of the screen.

Step Three: Open the change site address settings

Click the "change" button in the "site address" section.

Click the “change” button in the “site address” section.

Step Four: Enter the domain name

From the options given on the “choose your website domain” window; select the “use a domain you already own” option, enter the domain into the text field, and click the continue button. You can enter just the domain without “www”. For example, if your domain is sweet.design you would enter only sweet.design and not www.sweet.design.

Type in the domain under "use a domain you already own" and click continue.

Type in the domain under “use a domain you already own” and click continue.

Step Five: Connect your domain

From the “use a domain you already own” window, select the “connect your own domain” option and click the continue button. Do NOT select the “transfer your domain” option.

Choose "connect your domain".

Choose “connect your domain”.

Step Six: Upgrade your Weebly plan if needed

If you’re on a free plan you’ll be required to upgrade before you can connect a domain. Just select the paid plan you’d like and continue.

Upgrade your Weebly account if needed.

Upgrade your Weebly account if needed.

Step Seven: Close the “setup a domain you already own” window

You’re done at Weebly. Close the “setup a domain you already own” window. You don’t need to worry about this part of the domain connect process because we take care of it for you. You should now see the domain listed under the “site address” section. If it doesn’t show up, try refreshing. If it still doesn’t show up you may need to contact Weebly’s support department.

Close this window.

Close this window.

Your new domain should show up under "site address".

Your new domain should show up under “site address”.

Step Eight: Return to step two of Quick Connect

Go to step two of Quick Connect and click the “connect domain” button to finish the connection process.

Step Nine: Success!

You’re all done. You should now get to your Weebly site when going to your domain in a web browser.

If you ran into any problems or need help please do not hesitate to contact support 🙂

How to connect your domain to Squarespace

With our Quick Connect service, connecting your domain to Squarespace has never been easier. You can get to the Quick Connect service by either following the setup guide after purchasing your domain or by selecting the Quick Connect option from the domain management screen. Either way, simply click the Squarespace icon to get started.

Click the Squarespace icon to get started.

Click the Squarespace icon to get started.

Step One: Signup for Squarespace

If you don’t already have a Squarespace account you can get one by going to squarespace.com. If you already have an account you can skip this step. Please note, Squarespace trial accounts are not visible to the public.

Step Two: Go to Domain Settings

When logged into Squarespace and viewing your site, if your options menu isn’t already expanded you can open it by clicking on the arrow in the upper lefthand corner of the page. Once open, click the “Settings” option. Then click the “Domains” option.

Open the main menu.

Open the main menu.

Click "Settings".

Click “settings”.

Click "domains".

Click “domains”.

Step Three: Choose to Connect a Third-Party Domain

You will be given two choices, to connect a third-party domain or to get a domain. Since you already have a great domain, choose the third-party domain option.

Choose to connect a 3rd party domain.

Choose to connect a 3rd party domain.

Step Four: Enter Your Domain

Type your domain into the domain name field and click continue.

Type your domain name into the domain name field.

Type your domain name into the domain name field.

Step Five: Select Your Domain Provider

Select “Other” from the list of domain providers, this should be the default, and then click the connect domain button. When the connecting in progress box pops up, click okay to close it. This will bring up the DNS settings that Squarespace has detected for your domain. Leave this page open as you will be needing the verification code, which is the very first host in the list.

Choose "other" for your domain provider.

Choose “other” for your domain provider.

Click "okay" to close this popup.

Click “okay” to close this popup.

You will need this verification code.

You will need this verification code.

Step Six: Return Quick Connect

Return to step two of the Quick Connect process and click the next step button.

Step Seven: Enter the Verification Code

On step three of the Quick Connect process enter the verification code from the Squarespace DNS settings screen into the verification code field and click the connect domain button. If all goes well you should see a success message.

Enter your verification code and click the connect domain button.

Enter your verification code and click the connect domain button.

Step Eight: Refresh Squarespace DNS Settings

Go back to the Squarespace DNS settings screen and click the refresh button. All of the “current data” should turn green instead of orange. If it doesn’t, wait a minute and try again.

Refresh your DNS settings.

Refresh your DNS settings.

All green! You're ready for the next step.

All green! You’re ready for the next step.

Step Nine: Make the Domain Your Primary

Now we need to make your new, much better domain, the primary domain for your Squarespace account. To get back to the domain settings, click the domain name in the upper lefthand corner of the screen. Once on the domain settings screen, click the “make primary domain” button. Now that the domain is your primary, refresh the page to get rid of the “can’t verify domain ownership” warning message.

Go back to the domain settings.

Go back to the domain settings.

Click the "make primary domain" button.

Click the “make primary domain” button.

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Refresh the page and DNS settings should be green and say “connected”.

Step Ten: Success!

You’re all done. You should now get to your Squarespace site when going to your domain in a web browser.

If you ran into any problems or need help please do not hesitate to contact support 🙂