Question:
Can I use a custom domain name that I purchased from a domain registrar?
(e.g., GoDaddy, Hover, NameCheap, Google Domains)

Answer:
Yes, you can use a custom domain name you already own that is parked (not being used) at a domain registrar and forward it to your Simplecast website. 

Housekeeping Notes:
→To use a custom domain name, at the root (yourname.com), you will need to modify the DNS Records wherever you purchased the domain (Instructions below). This will include editing the CNAME for 'www' AND adding 3 A-Records (instructions below).

Every domain registrar is set up a little different. If you are not sure how to manage the DNS Records or need additional help, you can always reach out to us in support via the chat window or contact your domain registrar directly.

In this article, you will see www.yourcustomdomain.com. This is only an example. You will replace this with your custom domain name.

→You will start by modifying the DNS Records and then return to your Simplecast dashboard to finish the setup of your custom domain.

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Step 1: Modify the DNS Settings of your Custom Domain

1. Log in to your domain registrar account (e.g., GoDaddy, Hover, NameCheap, Google Domains), then locate the DNS settings or management page for your custom domain. 



2. Edit or Add CNAME
Look for an existing CNAME record for www and click pencil to edit.
If there is no existing CNAME record for www, click 'Add' and select CNAME.

🤓Did you know? www is the subdomain of your root domain. The root domain is the domain name you purchased. If you preferred, you could replace 'www' with 'podcast' so the URL that would point to your Simplecast website would be podcast.yourcustomdomain.com instead of www.yourcustomdomain.com. For this tutorial, we are going to use 'www', but this is how it would look if you added a sub-domain other than 'www':

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3. Fill in CNAME Fields

4. Add A-Records  


You need to add three (3) A-Records in order to use your root domain (yourcustomdomain.com) in addition to creating a CNAME for your www sub-domain (www.yourcustomdomain.com) If you only want to use a sub-domain you can skip this step. 

Note: To have yourdomain.com setup correctly, you'll need A RECORDS and a CNAME for www.

Simplecast A-Records to add:
3.209.36.65
34.239.225.42
54.158.235.112

  • Edit any existing A Records with Host Name @ 
  • Do not edit or delete A-Records for Mail or Email as it could interfere with your email service.

1. A-Record: 3.209.36.65 

  • Host or Name: @
  • Points To: 3.209.36.65
  • TTL: 1 Hour
  • Click Save 

2. A-Record: 34.239.225.42

  • Host or Name: @
  • Points To: 34.239.225.42
  • TTL: 1 Hour
  • Click Save 

3. A-Record: 54.158.235.112

  • Host or Name: @
  • Points To: 54.158.235.112
  • TTL: 1 Hour
  • Click Save 

---------------------------------- ✅Completed DNS Settings----------------------------------

DNS Settings may look different for each registrar. This is GoDaddy.

Step 2: Simplecast Site Settings & Design

  • Login to your Simplecast dashboard
  • Click the drop-down arrow next to your podcast name in upper left corner,
  • Click 'Site Settings & Design'
  • Click the box to 'Enable Custom Domain'
  • Type/Paste in your custom domain name in the field (www.yourcustomdomain.com)
  • Click 'Save'

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Step 3: Test your Custom Domain

Note: It could take a few minutes or a couple hours before your custom domain is properly forwarding to your Simplecast website, but give it a little time and feel to reach out to our support team with a screenshot if you're uncertain about your CNAME or forwarding settings.

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Does Simplecast support HTTPS/SSL for custom domains?

Yes. Once you configure your custom domain in 'Site Settings & Design' and modify your DNS records, we provide you with a free SSL Certificate (https://) for all custom domains automatically and no additional configuration is required. Seriously. 

When visitors to your site type in www.yourcustomdomain.com they will see https://www.yourcustomdomain.com in the address bar which will give them peace of mind knowing your Simplecast site is safe and secure. 

Note: Modern web browsers do not require you to put https:// when typing in a web address, but will be in the address bar after the website loads.

Links to popular domain registrar help articles:

  1. GoDaddy
  2. Hover
  3. NameCheap
  4. Google Domains

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Still have questions? We'd be happy to answer them. You can start a live chat with someone from our team by clicking the chat icon down there on the right.

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