How to Take Your Site Live

Taking your site live involves three steps:

Publish your site. To publish your site:

  1. Navigate to the editor for the site you want to take live.
  2. Click Publish in the navigation bar.
  3. Select the plan you want from the payment page.
  4. If your site was previously published, click Republish.

Set up your domain in Duda.

  1. Default Domain. This is a domain hosted by Duda. The URL will be a Duda subdomain with your custom naming.
  2. Warning

    Using the default domain is not a good option for your site's SEO.

  3. Purchase a domain. You can purchase a domain from Google Domains or Hover. When you type your domain of choice into the field, a drop down appears with suggestions. This domain will already be set up to work with Duda.
  4. Note

    If you choose option 1 or 2 above, you are done. You only need to continue with the instructions below if you are using a domain you already own.

  5. Use a domain you already own. You may use a domain you already purchased from your domain host. To do so, see Set up your domain in your domain host.

You can change your domain at any time after publishing your site. To do so, return to the Choose Your Website Domain screen by going to Site Settings > Site URL > Change site URL.

Set up your domain in your domain host.

After setting up your domain in Duda, you will need to set up your DNS settings through your domain host. In order to do this, you will need admin access to your domain. You will need to create:

  • Two A Records
  • CName Record

Some domain hosts will not allow you to set up multiple records for the @ domain. If this is the case, then add one record for the @ domain and include both IPs.

The Values you need to add for the CNAME and A records are below:

First A RecordValue
Second A RecordValue

The reason we use two A Records is for server balance and redundancy.


If you previously took your site live with instructions involving a 301 Redirect and CNAME, you will need to re-create your SSL certificate and remove the previous settings for the 301 redirect.

For more information, see Go Live, Publish, and Set Up Your Domain.

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