Transferring vs. Connecting Your Domain To Squarespace
Ready for the user friendly, modern, SEO ready, and little to no code Squarespace world? I hope I’m not making my love for Squarespace too obvious but if you’re reading this then I have a feeling that the feeling is mutual.
Whether you purchased your domain somewhere like GoDaddy but don’t have a live site or you have your domain already connected to a live site, the process is similar. The only difference is that if you have a live site with content then you will have to look into transferring the content over as well.
Squarespace makes it super easy to make the switch from other web hosts like Wordpress, Wix, Weebly, etc…! (Hmm just noticed how many web host providers start with the letter W). You can find more information on transferring your content here.
Ok, so let’s get to what you are here for.
You basically have three options when looking to use Squarespace as your web host. But we will only be looking at two since one of the options involves not having a domain name at all and registering through Squarespace from the start.
Note: Your domain name is like your house address and your web host is the actual house you live in. A web host stores all of the information that lives on your website and a domain name allows users to find the address to your website. You need both a domain name and a web host to have a live website.
Your two options are to #1 transfer your domain name and #2 connect it.
Squarespace suggests transferring your domain to Squarespace so that you only have to deal with one company for both your domain and your website content. If you transfer your domain to Squarespace then the Squarespace support team can help you with any issues that may come up so that’s another added bonus to keep in mind.
If you bought a domain through another provider but want to use Squarespace to build your website then you can transfer it over to Squarespace and actually manage both setting and billing it within your site.
The speed of this process really depends on which third party provider your moving from but ranges from one day to 15. There is also a cost involved with this process but it’s usually between $20 to $70 depending on the TLD.
Note: If your domain name ends in .com you are looking at a $20 fee since you will be paying for one year of domain registration (you aren’t paying for the transfer itself)
The how to on transferring depends on which third party provider you will be transferring from but Squarespace has custom instructions:
It’s also important to check if your domain is eligible for transfer before you go this route! Here are some of the transfer requirements.
If your domain doesn’t qualify for a transfer or you simply want to keep your third party provider you can just connect your domain name. The techy term of this is called “domain mapping since all you will be doing is adjusting your DNS records.
In order to do this you will need full access to your domains DNS settings. The plus side of going the connecting route is that there is no cost but you will still be paying your third party provider.
The procedure on how to go about this again depends on which popular provider you will be connecting from so here are a few popular providers:
Let me know in the comments below if you have any questions!