How to Use a Domain You Purchased Elsewhere

If you already own a domain name, you can use it with your Weebly site via one of the following options:

  • You can transfer your domain name to Weebly, which will allow you to manage and renew the domain within your Weebly account.

  • You can point your domain's A Records to Weebly's IP address, which means you'll be able to publish your site to your domain name while continuing to manage and renew the domain through the current company. Note that your website must be upgraded to use this option. 

Which option should you choose? It depends on what you want. 

If you’re looking to simplify things and manage your website and domain billing in one account, then transferring your domain to Weebly would be your best bet.

If you want to keep your domain and website billing separate, pointing the A Records to Weebly is a good choice. Read on to find out how to do that.

If you’re unfamiliar with domain name records, we recommend asking your domain registrar or host to do this for you. We’ve even written an email template you can use if you're not sure what to ask (don't forget to change "www.mydomain.com" to your actual domain name!):

I made a website using Weebly and would like to use mydomain.com there.  I need to change the A-Records for both "www" and my root domain to point to 199.34.228.59.

Note that I want to continue managing and renewing my domain name here.  I am not requesting a domain transfer, nor do I wish to change the domain nameservers.

Thanks!

It can take up to 48 hours for these changes to fully propagate (though this is very rare - it’s usually only a few hours). During that time the website may not be available, but once everything is complete you’ll be all set. 

If you’d like to try making these changes yourself, we’ve got you covered! Check out our guides for several of the most popular domain hosts:

GoDaddy

1and1.com

Google Domains

Wordpress

Yahoo / AT&T Small Business

Namesilo

You can also follow the instructions below - these are basic steps that should work with most any domain host. The first step, of course, is to log into your domain host account and navigate to the domain management page. The name of this page varies from host to host, so it might be better to send the recommended email above if you’re having trouble finding the right place.

When you point a domain here to use with your site, there are three key pieces of information that you’ll be working with:

  • The Record Type. There are other types of records you can select (e.g. a CNAME record), but in this case you’ll want to use A Records.
  • The Hostname (e.g. www and @)
  • The IP Address the Hostname points to  (e.g. our 199.34.228.59 IP Address)

Your website may already have A Records set up with a different IP address. If that’s the case, all you really need to do is edit the IP address and save the changes. You can use any one of the following IP addresses - they’ll all work the same, but make sure you use the same one for all of the A Records:

199.34.228.55

199.34.228.56

199.34.228.57

199.34.228.58

199.34.228.59

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When you’re done, you should see something similar to the above screenshot. While you’re waiting for the domain changes to propagate, you should make sure your site address is set to your domain name. If you were previously publishing your site to a free weebly.com subdomain, that address will now automatically forward to your domain name.

Not seeing your website online yet? Check out this guide for troubleshooting tips and suggested solutions.

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