Connecting a custom domain

 

Besides publishing your project to yoursite.webflow.io, you can also publish your project to any custom domain you own (yourdomain.com) once you add a site plan to your project.

Before you get started

Before you get started with this tutorial, make sure:

  1. You've added a site plan to your Webflow project
  2. You own the domain name you want to connect to your site. Or, buy a domain through Webflow.
  3. You can update your DNS records
  4. You've reset your DNS settings if you've previously hosted your domain elsewhere. This helps minimize and even eliminate any issue or conflicts that might require troubleshooting DNS settings later.
Getting started

You can point your custom domain to Webflow and connect it to your Webflow project in five steps:

  1. Adding a custom domain
  2. Enabling SSL
  3. Updating the DNS
  4. Setting the default URL
  5. Verifying the domain

Step 1 — Adding a custom domain

To add your custom domain(s) to your Webflow project, open to the Project settings of that specific project and go to the Hosting tab.

In the Custom domain section, add your root domain (yourdomain.com) under Add existing domain. This will add both the root domain (yourdomain.com) and the full domain (www.yourdomain.com). 

Can I connect more than one domain to my project?
You can add as many domains and subdomains as you want. This is a good way to redirect your old domains to the new subdomain. Just make sure to set a default domain to ensure that all domains connected to this project are redirected to that URL. This is necessary to avoid being penalized by Google for having duplicate content on the web.

The entire project will be published to all domains and subdomains connected to that project. If you've set a default domain, the project will be published to that domain and all other domains will be redirected to the default URL.
Can I publish different pages to different subdomains?
It's not possible to publish specific pages to specific domains or subdomains. If you need to publish different pages to different subdomains, you'll need to set up separate projects for each page. Then, you'll add a separate site plan to each project and add the specific custom domain(s) or subdomain(s) to each project.
Before you continue
If you want to connect only the full domain (www.yourdomain.com) or another subdomain to your Webflow project, check out the Connecting a subdomain tutorial.

Step 2 — Enabling SSL

SSL is enabled by default for projects created after 14 November 2018. If your project was created before that date, make sure to enable SSL under project settings →hosting → Advanced publishing options and save the changes.

Enable SSL
(1) enable SSL — (2) save the changes
Can I switch the SSL off?
You can switch SSL off, however note that sites that don't use SSL may be labeled "not secure" by some browsers, strongly discouraging people from visiting your site.
What happens if I disable SSL on an Ecommerce site?
If you disable SSL on sites using Ecommercecheckout will be disabled and your online store will not function. The add to cart button as well as other Ecommerce elements will stop working as well.
Important
Each time you disable or enable SSL on a Webflow-hosted site, you'll need to update your DNS settings. After you update the SSL setting, follow the steps below to update the DNS and ensure that your site works correctly.
Before you continue
If you’ve enabled SSL hosting on this domain with another Webflow project in the past, you can skip step 3 and move on to step 4.

If you've enabled SSL and want to redirect all traffic to the root domain, please continue reading setting the root domain as the default domain.

Step 3 — Updating the DNS

Access your domain's DNS settings in your domain registrar's or DNS host's dashboard.

Need to know
Every DNS host has their own way of updating DNS settings. We recommend that you read the help documentation of your DNS host, also do not hesitate to contact their support for help with their interface and settings. Check this list of registrars and links to their DNS setting documentation.

Adding 2 A records

Add another A record for host @ with the value of the second A record in your Webflow dashboard.

I can't set @ as host
Some DNS hosting services prefer that you set the root domain (yourdomain.com) as the host instead of @. We recommend that you check the "Adding an A record" documentation of your DNS host.
I can't set a second A record for my Google domain
Google domains have a different way to set A records. Check out connecting a Google domain tutorial.

Adding a CNAME record

Good to know
Some DNS hosting services prefer that you set the full domain (www.yourdomain.com) as the host instead of www. We recommend that you check the "Adding a CNAME record" documentation of your DNS host.

Step 4 — Setting the default URL

Now, go back to the Custom domain section of your project’s Hosting settings and click the home icon next to the domain you want to set as the default domain. This will send all traffic from all domains connected to this project to the default domain.

Good to know
The default domain on SSL must be served on a domain that has a CNAME record. So, you'll need to set the full domain (www.yourdomain.com) as the default domain. To set the root domain as the default, check Setting the root domain as the default domain.
If you see the ERR_TOO_MANY_REDIRECTS error, set the full domain (www.yourdomain.com) as the default domain and republish your site.

Step 5 — Verifying the domain and publishing

To verify that your DNS settings are correct, and that your domain is correctly pointing to Webflow, click check status under each of your domain names.

The final step is to simply publish your website. You should see your new custom domain in the publish dialog. Learn more about publishing your project.

Troubleshooting
It may take up to 48 hours before changes are successfully made from your DNS host.

If your domain is not working correctly after 48 hours, troubleshoot your DNS settings or contact your domain provider’s help desk.

If your DNS settings are correct, but you’re still experiencing issues with your published site, contact us and we’ll help you resolve any issues.