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Your site's domain is like its street address; it lets other people find it. Setting up your site domain is very important as it allows people to visit your sites. While our site builder does not host your domains, you can purchase a domain and connect it to your published site by creating a CNAME and two A records in your DNS settings.
Taking your site live requires publishing your site, setting up your domain, and setting up your domain through your domain host.
Publish a Site
For your site to show up at any domain, you first need to publish it. To publish your site:
- In your editor, on the top right, click Publish. If your site was previously published, click Republish.
- A payment page appears. Select a plan, and continue.
Set up a Domain
After a site is published, you are prompted to select from one of the following three domain options:
- Default Domain. This is a domain hosted by Duda, and is not good for your site’s SEO. The URL will be a subdomain of Duda’s with your custom naming. You may use the original default domain.
Purchase a new domain for your site. Purchase a domain from Google Domains or Hover. When you type your domain into the field, a menu appears with suggestions. This domain will already be set up to work with Duda. For more detailed instructions, see Purchase a Custom Domain.
Use a domain you already own (make sure you added "www." to the URL). You may use a domain that you already own from the domain host you purchased it from. Ensure you add "www." to the URL. If you choose to use your own domain, continue to Go Live, Publish, and Set Up Your Domain.
If you chose to use the Default Domain or to Purchase a new domain for your site, you do not need to set up your domain with your domain host.
After setting up your domain in Duda, you must set up your DNS settings through your domain host. In order to do this, you will need admin access to the domain which you intend to use. In your domain host, you need to create two A records and a CNAME record.
To watch a video on how to set up a domain from an expert, see:
For more expert content, see the Video Library.
Use the following information for the CNAME record and A records:
- Host: www
- Points to: s.multiscreensite.com
- First A Record:
- Host/Alias: @
- Target/Destination: 126.96.36.199
- Second A Record:
- Host/Alias: @
- Target/Destination: 188.8.131.52
Two A Records are used for server balance and redundancy.
The following is an example from Google Domains, in which they use one A record with two IP addresses:
The following is an example from GoDaddy, in which they use two A records (one for each IP):