Quick connect a custom subdomain
Find and automatically connect your custom subdomain to your Webflow site.
In addition to the Webflow staging subdomain (e.g., yoursite.webflow.io), you can publish your site to any custom domain (e.g., yourdomain.com) or subdomain (e.g., blog.yourdomain.com) you own.
Before you get started: Add a Site plan to your Webflow site, and make sure you own the subdomain you want to connect.
In this lesson, you’ll learn:
- How to find and connect your custom subdomain
- How to verify and publish your site
- FAQ and troubleshooting tips
How to find and connect your custom subdomain
Note: Webflow uses Entri to connect your custom subdomain quickly and seamlessly to your site. If you don’t want to authorize Entri to connect with your DNS provider, you can manually connect your subdomain to your site.
Important: SSL is enabled by default on all Webflow sites created after November 14th, 2018. If you want to disable SSL on your site, you’ll need to manually connect your custom domain, as the DNS records needed to point your domain to your site differ depending on whether SSL is enabled or disabled. We strongly advise against disabling SSL. Learn more about enabling and disabling SSL.
To find and connect your custom subdomain:
- Go to Site settings > Publishing tab > Production
- Click Add a custom domain
- Choose Quick connect subdomain
- Click Continue
- Enter the subdomain you want to connect with Webflow (e.g., blog.yourdomain.com)
- Click Continue
- Search for and choose your DNS provider (i.e., the provider from which you purchased your subdomain)
- Follow the steps to sign in with your DNS provider and authorize the connection to Entri
- Click Close window to complete the connection and return to Site settings
- Click Done
Note: If you’re moving your subdomain to Webflow from another hosting service, you may need to confirm that you’d like to update/replace your DNS records.
If you can’t find your DNS provider in the above steps, you’ll need to manually connect your custom subdomain.
Note: DNS changes may take up to 48 hours to propagate in all geolocations as the DNS cache expires, although this typically occurs within a few hours.
How to set the default domain
If you’ve connected more than one domain to your site, you’ll need to set a default domain to redirect all traffic from other domains as the default. This helps to avoid SEO penalties due to duplicate content.
To set the default domain:
- Open Site settings > Publishing tab > Production
- Click Make default next to the subdomain you’d like to set as the default
How to verify and publish your site
Before you can publish your site to your custom subdomain, you’ll need to verify ownership of any custom domains and subdomains you’ve connected to Webflow. When you connect a custom subdomain using the Quick connect subdomain option, Webflow automatically adds a TXT record to your DNS settings that contains a one-time verification code to confirm that you own the connected subdomain.
To complete the verification process and publish your site from Site settings:
- Click Verify domain
- Wait for the “Custom domain verified” confirmation message
- Click Publish to open the publish menu
- Check the domain(s) to which you want to publish your site
- Click Publish to selected domains
Note: If your custom domain was transferred between sites in your Workspace during a hosting transfer, you don’t need to re-verify the domain before publishing.
Important: If you add a new domain or subdomain after you’ve already set a default domain, the new domain or subdomain won’t appear within the publish menu. To resolve this, go to Site settings > Publishing tab > Production and click Make default next to the default domain. Then, publish your site to the new domain or subdomain, and set the default domain again.
FAQ and troubleshooting
I connected my custom subdomain to Webflow but my site isn’t live yet. What’s going on?
While most DNS providers try to update your DNS records as fast as possible, many factors impact how long it takes for your site to appear on your custom domain, including TTL (time to live) and internet service providers. DNS changes can take up to 48 hours to fully propagate in all geolocations, although this typically occurs within a few hours, so it may be a matter of waiting a bit longer for the site to “come online.”
You can double-check that your DNS records are correct and view the propagation status using a tool like whatsmydns. It may also help to clear your browser cache to ensure you’re loading the latest version of your domain.
If your site isn’t appearing on your custom domain after 48 hours, please 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, please contact Webflow’s customer support team.
Why is my new subdomain not showing up in the publishing menu?
If you add a new domain or subdomain after you’ve already set a default domain, the new domain or subdomain won’t appear in the publishing menu. To resolve this, open Site settings > Publishing tab > Production and click the “Make default” button next to the domain previously set as the default. Then, publish your site to the new domain or subdomain and set the default domain again.
Can I connect more than one domain or subdomain to my site?
You can add up to 50 custom domains or subdomains to a site at a time. If you wish to use more than 50 domains, we recommend using a domain forwarding system.
Using multiple domains can also help redirect old domains to a new domain. To do this, connect all of the domains (old and new!) to your site and set the new domain as the default. This ensures that all domains connected to your site are redirected to the new domain. Learn more about setting a default domain.
Why do I need to set a default domain?
Setting a default domain helps to avoid penalties from Google for having duplicate content on the web. Additionally, not setting a default domain or setting the root domain as the default can cause unexpected behavior such as loading issues in some geolocations and problems with site crawling due to excessive redirects.
Is my site published to all domains I connect to my site?
When you publish your site, the site is published to all connected domains and subdomains that are checked in the publishing menu. If you’ve set a default domain, the site will be published to that domain, and all other domains will redirect to that default URL. If you don’t want to publish your site to all of your connected domains, you can open the publish menu and uncheck any domains you don’t want to publish.
Can I publish different pages to different domains or subdomains?
It’s not possible to publish specific pages to specific domains or subdomains. If you need to publish different pages to different domains or subdomains, you’ll need to set up separate sites for each page. You’ll also need to add a separate Site plan to each site and add the specific custom domain(s) or subdomain(s) to each site.
Is SSL enabled for my site?
SSL is enabled by default for sites created after November 14th, 2018. If your site was created before that date, you can enable SSL by opening Site settings > Publishing tab > Advanced publishing options, toggling Enable SSL to “on,” and clicking Save changes.
Important: Every time you disable or enable SSL on a Webflow-hosted site, you’ll need to update your DNS records. After you update your SSL setting, you’ll need to either (re)connect your custom domain by following the steps above or update your DNS records manually to ensure your published site behaves correctly. Learn more about DNS records for SSL and non-SSL hosting.
Can I turn SSL off?
You can switch SSL off, but we strongly advise against doing so. Sites that don’t use SSL may be labeled “not secure” by some browsers, discouraging people from visiting your site. Learn more about enabling and disabling SSL.
Important: Every time you disable or enable SSL on a Webflow-hosted site, you’ll need to update your DNS records. Learn more about DNS records for SSL and non-SSL hosting.