Map your domain to a third-party web host

This article provides the general steps to map a domain to a third-party web host.

How it works

To map your domain to another web host, you typically need to do one of the following:

  • Set custom resource records to one or more values provided by your web host.
  • Set your domain's name servers to values provided by your web host.
To work out which option to use and get the specific values that you need to enter, check with your web host.

How to set custom resource records

Depending on your web host, you may need to set a certain type of custom resource record such as an A or CNAME record. Learn more about adding and editing resource records.

To set custom resource records, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click My domains in the left-hand navigation.
  3. Open the DNS tab  for the domain name.
  4. Scroll to the Custom resource records section. Set the custom resource record type that your web host requires.
    1. To set an A record, follow these steps:
      1. In the first field, enter '@' or the required subdomain.
      2. In the drop-down menu, select A.
      3. In the data field, enter the IP address or addresses from your web host. To add more fields, click ADD.
      4. Click Add.
    2. To set a CNAME record, follow these steps:
      1. In the first field, enter 'www' or the required subdomain.
      2. In the drop-down menu, select CNAME.
      3. In the data field, enter the required data.
      4. Click Add.

How to set custom domain DNS name servers

To set custom domain DNS name servers, follow these steps:

  1. Sign in to Google Domains.
  2. Click My domains in the left-hand navigation.
  3. Open the DNS tab 
  4. Under Name servers, choose Use custom name servers.
  5. Enter the name server values that you got from your web host. To add extra fields, click AddADD.
  6. Click Save

Note: Depending on your location, DNS changes may take a propagation period of several minutes or up to 48 hours to take effect across the entire internet.

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