1. Use a Domain You Bought Somewhere Else

    To have your SimplyBuilt site display on a custom domain you already own (for example, www.yourdomain.com), you must make a change on the host where you purchased the domain (such as GoDaddy, NameCheap, or one of many others).

    • Log into your domain name registrar’s administration panel.
    • Each registrar will have a different interface, so look for the location where you can configure the domain’s settings. This is usually called a “DNS Zone File”.
    • Create a new CNAME record, with host www, that points to sites.onsimplybuilt.com. Below is an example of how to do this on Godaddy, a very popular domain name host.
    • Set the TTL (time to live) to the smallest value possible. This will ensure your CNAME will be activated as quickly as possible.
    • Once the CNAME record is created and saved, we will need to forward your domain.
    • In your domain settings, find the option to forward your domain.
    • A model will pop up prompting you to add forwarding. Click "Add Forwarding."
    • Make sure "http" is selected and then enter your domain with "www" in front of it.
    • Click "Add", then "Save" and wait about 15 minutes for your updates to propagate.
    • Now return to the SimplyBuilt editing interface for the final steps. Hang in there, we're almost done!
    • Open the site Settings Panel by clicking the "Settings" icon in theTool Rack on the left. Use the top section of the Settings Panel labeled Site Address to make these changes.
    • Enter your newly configured custom domain name, including the “www” at the beginning (or whatever value you entered for “Host” in your domain registrar’s interface) and click “Test Settings”.
    • If you created your CNAME correctly, you should receive a success message. IMPORTANT: Don’t forget to click save!
    • You did it! Congratulations! You can now click “View Site” in the bottom right to see your custom domain name in action.
    • If you get an error, wait an hour and try again. It sometimes takes a bit for your new CNAME to take effect.