You sure can! This will be a three-step process but don’t worry, it’s not that hard.
Go ahead and log in to your Netlify account, and add the name of the awesome domain you own to your site on its
Domain Settingspage, in the top configuration card.
Pull up the website for your DNS host. This is likely 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 @ 188.8.131.52 CNAME www myawesomesite.netlify.app
(in some cases, instead of “@” you’ll use a blank value or
myawesomesite.com. - conventions vary!)
Soooo what’s the point of these records, exactly? Well, we want to ensure that people end up at your website whether they type
www.myawesomedomain.com into their browser, so this set up has you covered either way.
- 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 some other service such as your registrar for DNS, and we want to avoid any confusion as much as possible. If it exists, you’ll see this in your domain settings panel for the site:
You can remove it by clicking on that
Netlify DNS label, and scrolling down to the bottom of the page it takes you to, to the “Danger Zone”:
Here is how you can check your (or any other domain) in the terminal or command prompt to make sure the records are set up correctly and ready to go.
To check “myawesomedomain.com”, run
host myawesomedomain.com and it should return a message including
184.108.40.206. For www.myawesomedomain.com,
host www.myawesomedomain.com should return a message including
If you don’t see the right changes, try repeating the steps, or comment below and we’ll try and assist!