Domain Mapping to Squarespace


#1

After you connect your domain over at Squarespace (they provide a good tutorial for that process), a new panel will open providing you the records you need to enter into the Advanced DNS Editor at Reclaim Hosting so your domain can be pointed correctly to Squarespace.

For Squrespace you need to create two CNAME Records and four A Records. The CNAME records appear to be used as a way to verify your account. You can see an example of the two I created below. Keep in mind the Name field for the verify.squarespace.com CNAME will be have a unique code in front of your domain. What I have listed below for the Name field will be a value Squarespace will provide.

The second CNAME you create will have www.yourdomain.com in your Name field.

You will then need to add four A Records pointing to four different IP address that Squarespace provides you.

Below is a look at the four A Records I created for this domain.

That should be all you need to get your domain mapped to Squarespace. I have never seen a service use both CNAME and A Records (not to mention 6 all told) for one domain, I imagine they are building in a lot of redundancy, which is not necessarily a bad thing, just a bit more work at the point of setup.


#2

Hey Jim, thanks for the step-by-step.

I’m working with a friend who has a Reclaim account with several pages in directories. If he maps his domain to Squarespace, will that affect those sub pages? There’s really only one I’m concerned about because it has a large form and a custom PHP submit function that needs to work after the conversion.


#3

Mapping a subdomain would lose any subdirectories that come after the TLD (so things like /contact) but not subdomains. What you could do is setup a subdomain for the form and then use Squarespace’s redirect feature to direct to the subdomain URL Creating URL redirects – Squarespace Help


#4

Got it. I’ll migrate that form and then set up the map tomorrow. Thanks, Tim.