[Common Issue] Can I host my site on Netlify but keep my DNS at my domain registrar?


You sure can! This will be a three-step process but don’t worry, it’s not that hard.

  1. Go ahead and log in to your Netlify account, and add the name of the awesome domain you own to your site.

  2. Pull up the website for your domain registrar, aka the place where you bought your domain. You’ll want to navigate to your DNS records section and create these two records there:

    Type Name Value
    A @
    CNAME www myawesomedomain.netlify.com

    Soooo what’s the point of these records, exactly? Well, we want to ensure that people
    end up at your website whether they type in myawesomedomain.com or www.myawesomedomain.com, so this set up has you covered either way.

  3. Finally, go back to Netlify because you’ll want check to make sure there is no DNS zone on your site. The Netlify DNS zone is not necessary when using your registrar for DNS, and we want to avoid any confusion as much as possible. If it exists, it will be listed in the Danger Zone.

Here is how you can check your (or any other domain) in the terminal to make sure the records are set up correctly and ready to go. For myawesomedomain.com, host myawesomedomain.com should return a message including For www.myawesomedomain.com, host www.myawesomedomain.com should return a message including myawesomedomain.netlify.com

If you don’t see the right changes, try repeating the steps, or comment below and we’ll try and assist!