Major .design usage from Facebook, Airbnb, T-Mobile

The benefits of new top-level domains (nTLDs) for companies and individuals that were never able to get a great .com are obvious. Now, they can have unique, short and brandable domain names and, with options like .design, they can add context in a way that .com never could.

Recently, there have been some really exciting developments for .design in particular. While it has already differentiated itself as one of the most successful new TLDs, it now seems to be one of the only extensions that is receiving significant traction with the world’s largest and hottest companies, which are creating sites like facebook.design, airbnb.design, medium.design, and telekom.design (from T-Mobile’s parent company, Deutsche Telekom).

What these sites all have in common is that they create a prominent place for design departments to highlight their work, establish themselves as design leaders and further bolster recruiting efforts. These companies allow their .com sites to focus on their core business and instead facilitate an ancillary discussion: they discuss how design supports and guides their business, who is behind their design, and give back to the wider design community.

Facebook.design has been live for months, but it received its most notable update on Oct. 17 when they released their iOS 10 GUI (Graphic User Interface) available for Photoshop, Sketch and Figma. Facebook was advertising facebook.design in user feeds:

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Simultaneous with the newest release, Facebook Designer Jeff Smith wrote about their goals in “Giving Back to the Design Community.” It’s clear that facebook.design is set to be an entirely new engagement point for the company, offering an opportunity to talk directly to a community as a leader that it never could via its primary .com site. As he says:

“Facebook.design is just getting started. Like most things at Facebook, it will be iterated on frequently. But we hope this becomes a place where designers can find great resources to grow as a designer and develop in their career. Ultimately, we hope we can help push our discipline forward.”

More recently, Facebook contributed further to the design community at large with the launch of origami.design, a prototyping tool used by Facebook’s own design team, now available to all.

We see the same thing looking at other sites; airbnb.design promotes Airbnb’s design events at their SF and NYC offices and as well functions as a general blog featuring a wide range of posts from UI designers to the interior designers of their offices. It also includes content that inspires the team artistically and creatively. It is clearly not their primary goal to get more designers booking rentals via airbnb.com. Instead, it allows them to become a vocal and recognized design destination and a top recruiter for designers.

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The value of thought leadership and community recognition for recruiting is even more clear at telekom.design. There, T-Mobile, a brand that is associated with the comparatively conventional business of telephones, is giving its design department an exciting edge. The beautiful site clearly conveys that they are a design driven company and introduces you to their impressive team. Naturally, the most prominent option on the site is the “Jobs” tab.

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What we see in well-known companies supplementing their .com sites with .design is a powerful statement on how important the collaborative culture of online design is to their success and how it guides their continued growth. The new .design domain allows major companies to cultivate design leadership and inspiring conversations in a way that would have never been possible on their main .com sites.

Smartshape.design: award-winning design

Since its inception in 1989, SmartShape Design has evolved from a one-man industrial design firm into an international organization. During that evolution, they opened up two offices in Cleveland, Ohio, as well as an office in Shenzhen, China, have grown to 20+ employees and produced a scope of work that has increased in both volume and vertical focus over time.

“Over the past decade we’ve expanded into a full-service consultancy that now offers in-house research facilities and full mechanical engineering capabilities along with our core expertise in industrial design. Additionally, SmartShape’s office in China operates as a contract manufacturer for projects of all shapes and sizes,” said Rachel Miller, SmartShape Design Marketing Coordinator.

With their firm now employing business strategists, program managers, engineers with advanced degrees, and experts in tooling and manufacturing, the company is now, more than ever, a one-stop shop for many prospective product producers. “We are a turn-key operation that allows companies to work with us to flesh out their product ideas from start to finish. We can serve clients who need it all, or for others who only need a portion, we’re able to provide services specific to the needs of any product development lifecycle stage.”  

As an industry, industrial design has been heavily affected by technological advancement. Considering that SmartShape has been in the business for close to 27 years, they’ve seen the brunt of it. “Shifts in technology have been one of the biggest changes [in this industry] – seeing technology evolve and making moves internally to adapt and meet the shift has been a fun challenge that we’ve been more than excited to meet head on, always moving to meet new needs.” Rachel told us, “Traditionally, our staff put pen to paper, but it’s all digital now. It will be interesting to see how the industry evolves even more to meet new and emerging design needs, modeling for advanced UX, wearable technology, and the age of the Internet of Things (IoT).”

Given the company’s willingness to adopt early, it should come as no surprise that SmartShape Design was so quick to find value in .design. “One of my colleagues came across a blog or a news story about .design becoming available and we hopped on it right away. We saw that .design was available and within two weeks we were smartshape.design.”

This wasn’t just a domain change, the SmartShape team also opted for smartshape.design email addresses, a company-wide pivot. Why were they prepared to make such a big change? “It is a shorter web address that says what we do and who we are, and conveniently and simply displays as our brand name. It made a lot of sense for us to take that leap,” said Rachel.

SmartShape moved from smartshapedesign.com to smartshape.design to make its domain shorter, more memorable and more “brandable.” These days, all of those qualities are in short supply in the .com namespace. On top of that, company names are almost always taken, illustrated by the fact that smartshape.com is a site for weight loss tools and training.
SmartShape was at the forefront of the .design movement. They got their domain only weeks after it launched on May 12th, 2015. Since then .design has added about 50,000 more registrations and is being used by companies such as Facebook, Medium and Airbnb. Rachel understood the potential from the beginning for a company in SmartShape’s industry, noting,  “In the future, when you’re looking for design, the .design extension instead of a .com extension could become the natural place to look on the web.”

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
  3. On the following page, choose “Other email accounts”Screen Shot 2016-08-02 at 4.37.32 PM
  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

 

.design founder series: fvwebsite.design

 

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Improving SEO with context and a .design domain name

 

Karen and Dave Rose are the owners of Fraser Valley Website Design, now found at fvwebsite.design. The business has grown considerably as they’ve expanded from SEO to graphic design, photography, drone imaging, car wraps, oh, and they also happened to get married in the process!

If Karen’s path from dairy farmer to SEO guru wasn’t already non-traditional, it seems that the recent switch from a .com domain to a keyword heavy .design name, fvwebsite.design, has created a noticeable uptick in their Google ranking, especially as displayed on Google Maps.

“My mind is always thinking ‘relevance, relevance, relevance’ and the .design domain made perfect sense to me,” said Karen. “I said to Dave, let’s try this domain ‘.design,’ and the website.design part of the domain has just worked out fantastic. The technical benefit I saw was that we moved right up, right away, on the keyword search on ‘graphic design’ and ‘website design’.”

Despite what some media outlets, and Google themselves, have said, the Roses have definitely noticed that their domain has benefited their ranking. Google claims to remain domain agnostic, which is a safe statement coming from a company that applied to run 101 new top-level domains (as part of the post .com era, new options include .design). “Overall, our systems treat new gTLDs like other TLDs (like .com and .org),” they claimed in an article in Webmaster Central Blog, “keywords in a TLD do not give any advantage or disadvantage in search.”

The fvwebsite.design story isn’t just anecdotal information, this is a report coming from an SEO expert. Karen has been in the SEO business for the past 15 years. That’s pretty much since the birth of SEO. She spent much of that time leading a team of 5 global algorithm analysts for Microsoft through large corporate developments, including the Bing and Yahoo merger. Karen eventually moved on from the Microsoft contract to found Fraser Valley Website Design and has never looked back.

However, their success has not been without its hiccups. In 2012, when Google implemented Penguin (an updated search algorithm) and later versions, Fraser Valley Website Design took a hit. They lost their top placement.

“It was the Penguin algorithm, which was followed up by 3 version updates, the latest one was October 2014 that dropped our ranking due to many issues,” Karen told us, “such as old CMS codes, broken links back to other sites, and content relevancy for SEO metas.”

Something had to change and that change came in the form of a new domain. Tapping her entrepreneurial spirit and her SEO expertise, Karen followed a hunch and moved the company’s domain name from fvwebs.ca to fvwebsite.design.

fvwebsite.design currently retains the top positions for “web design” and “graphic design” within a 80 mile radius of their base of operations (60 miles out of Vancouver, BC).

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“It used to be that you’d build a company and then find a domain name,” Dave told us, “Now, you get the domain first and build the company second.” Availability and inventory are some of the great benefits of  new TLDs, especially new TLDs with a professional edge, such as .design.

The Rose’s story contradicts previous statements made by Google that adopting a new TLD will neither benefit nor hurt your SEO. While we have a clear counterexample in Fraser Valley Website Design’s SEO success with .design, we can also conclude that a relevant domain will always give your site greater context and make it more clickable. Perhaps the results are due to the fact that the new domain was just more appealing to those searching for local web design help in the B.C. area. Maybe it was this interest that caused their rise to #1 in local search. fvwebsite.design’s story is only one datapoint, but it points to the value of .design for SEO and is part of a larger success story. We look forward to following along and learning from these entrepreneurs and others like them.

 

Have you experienced an SEO breakthrough with a new TLD? Tell us your story!

 

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Karen and David Rose

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 🙂