If you don't have a custom domain, you can buy one through Verst with our Google Domains integration. For those specific instructions, click here.
If you already have a custom domain you want to transfer to your Verst site, read on!
These are general instructions for how to set up a domain's DNS records to point to your Verst site. Specific instruction can be found at the bottom for several Web domain providers.
If you are only going to point a subdomain (e.g. blog.mysite.com) to your Verst site then you can skip to step 2.
- To point your general site (e.g., www.mysite.com ) to Verst, you must first set up site forwarding for the root domain of your site (e.g., mysite.com) to the subdomain of your website eg. http://www.mysite.com. Each domain registrar has slightly different terms for this, so see the below links for more specific instructions. Once you have done this you can move on to Step 2, where you will point www.mysite.com to your Verst account.
Tip: Almost all providers will have an FAQ for forwarding your domain. Usually, it is in DNS or General settings. If you find a helpful article that we don't have below, shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org
2. Within the DNS settings create a CNAME with the following values:
Name: www (or something like blog if you use blog.mysite.com)
This will direct all traffic from www.mysite.com (or whatever Name you choose) to your Verst site.
Note: “Name” and “Value” are generic words for these fields. Each hosting site may have different words. For example, Godaddy uses "Host" instead of "Name" and "Points To" instead of "Value".
Once your are done, login to your Verst account, click on "Account", and go to "Site settings". From there add your domain to "custom URL". Make sure to add the full domain (e.g., www.mysite.com) instead of just the root domain (e.g., mysite.com). Example below:
Voila! Because of the way the internet and DNS works it may take a little bit of time for custom domains to begin working. If it takes longer than a couple of hours don’t worry! We know how complicated this can be so feel free to email us at email@example.com for more help :)
Instructions specific to other platforms: