Domain Mapping on Squarespace

Building on the domain mapping documentation I am putting together for Reclaim Hosting (my last post took you through Domain Mapping on GitHub), this post will take you through how to point your domain to Squarespace. 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.

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Advanced Zone Editor in CPanel

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 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.

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CNAME required for mapping to Squarespace

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

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CNAME required for mapping to Squarespace

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

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1 of 4 A Records required for mapping to Squarespace

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

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The 4 A Records your need for mapping to Squarespace

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.

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