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This guide will take you through each step on how to connect your Google domain to your dazzly website. If you don't yet have a domain see our guide to registering a new domain with dazzly.

time required 10-15 minutes

If you haven't already, please make sure you have signed up to a monthly or annual plan in order to proceed with connecting your domain. View our guide to choosing a plan or pricing page for more information.

  1. Sign-in to dazzly and go the 'Domains' page

    Firstly, login to dazzly and go the 'Domains' page in the menu. Click the blue 'Connect Existing Domain' button.

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    The 'Domains' page within dazzly
  2. Add your existing domain

    In this example we'll be using our existing domain: mountalbert.co.nz

    Enter your existing domain name (without the www) and then press 'Add Domain'. Once you have done this it will take several seconds to process after which you should then see your domain added with the status: Pending

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    Enter in your existing domain without the www.
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    Domain added to dazzly as Pending.
  3. Click the blue 'Setup Required' button

    This will open up a window showing you the next steps you need to take. Dazzly will attempt to detect which provider your domain is currently with and direct you to the correct guide.

    You should see a red 'required' label next to Step 1 along with the first DNS record we need to set.

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    Click the 'Setup required' button.
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    3 Steps are required to connect your domain to dazzly.
  4. Login to your Google Domains account

    Login to your Google Domains account and select your domain, for this example we're using mountalbert.co.nz

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    Sign In to http://domains.google.com to manage your Domain.
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    Once you login to Google Domains, click the domain you would like to connect.

    Scroll down to the 'Custom resource records' section

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    Make sure the correct domain is selected.
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    Click 'DNS' on the left menu and scroll to the bottom of the page.

    If you have an existing website online or if you're not comfortable making changes to your domain records, get in touch with your local IT support and they can help you through this guide.

  5. Create the record from Step 1

    Select 'CNAME' from the dropdown box

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    Select 'CNAME' from the dropdown menu.

    Copy the text from the first line of Step 1 into the first input text box in the 'Custom resource records' section.

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    Copy the text from the first line and paste into the first text box in Google Domains.

    Copy the text from second line in Step 1 into the 3rd input text box in the 'Custom resource records' section.

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    Copy the text from the second line and paste it into the third text box in Google Domains.

    Click the blue 'Add' button to add the record.

  6. Wait for the record to be verified

    After successfully adding the CNAME record from Step 1, we need to wait a few minutes for dazzly to verify the record. You can periodically click the 'Check Status' button to check if is has been verified.

    Please note in some cases it can take up to 48 hours for Domain record changes to take effect.

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    Click the blue 'Check Status' button to check if the record has been updated.

    If the record is still not verified after 15-30 minutes or so please contact support and we can look into this for you.

  7. Create the record from Step 2

    Once the record from Step 1 is verified, you should see a green 'complete' label next to Step 1. Step 2 should now be showing another CNAME record. If no new record is showing, click the 'Check Status' button to check again.

    Back in Google Domains we need to add or update the CNAME record.

    If does exist...t.

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    If this record already exists, click the 'Edit' link on the existing record.

    If this record does not already exist in Google Domains, enter www into the first input text box.

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    Enter www in the first text box in Google Domains and select CNAME from the dropdown menu.

    Copy the 'Value', in this example: d3vfok7jh71bk3.cloudfront.net (your Value will differ) into the 3rd input text box.

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    Copy the 'Value' (xxxxxxxx.cloudfront.net) into the 3rd input text box within Google Domains.

    Click the blue 'Add' button to add the record.

  8. Create the record from Step 3

    The last record we need to update or create is an A record. Leave the first input text box blank and copy the 'Value' into the 3rd text box.

    The Value to use for this A record is: 13.211.41.71

    screenshot showing the 'edit' button for an existing A record
    If this record already exists, click the 'Edit' link on the existing record.
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    Enter the IP address (13.211.41.71) from dazzly into the 3rd text box in Google Domains.

    Click the blue 'Add' button to add the record.

  9. Wait for the records to be verified

    Like the first record we had to enter, these last 2 records will also take a few minutes to verify. You can click the 'Check Status' button to periodically check this.

    screenshot showing 'check status' button to check domain status
    Click the blue 'Check Status' button to check if the records have been updated.

    If the record is still not verified after 15-30 minutes please contact support and we can look into this for you.

  10. Your existing domain is successfully connected to your dazzly website!

    Once the last 2 records are verified, your domain is now connected to your dazzly website. Sometimes it can take several minutes for this to fully take effect across the Internet, but you should be able to type your domain into your browser to visit your new website!

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    All the steps will show complete when the records have been successfully updated.
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    Your domain will be marked as Active once the setup is complete.

    If your website is still not showing after 1 hour, please contact support and we'll look into this further.