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How do I use my custom domain?

Updated: 11/23/2015

SmugMug will always be there for you, but we don't have to be in your URL. With a few quick steps, you can hook up your custom domain to point right to your site.

Example:

Use http://www.theoriginalblackcat.com instead of http://blackcatphoto.smugmug.com.

Option 1: SmugDomains

No domain? No problem! SmugMug is hooked up with domains to get you one-step, effortless domain setup.

  • Go here and pick an available domain name. Follow the steps to make it yours.

  • Visit your SmugMug Account Settings > Me > Account tab for the "Custom Domain" line. Paste your new domain name into the box and click "Save Changes." That's it!

Option 2: GoDaddy

Already have a domain? Great!

If you purchased your domain name directly from GoDaddy, visit your SmugMug Account Settings > Me > Account tab for the "Custom Domain" line. Then click the link for GoDaddy Connect.

A window will pop up to walk you through connecting your GoDaddy domain to your SmugMug account.

Follow the on-screen instructions to log in with your GoDaddy account information and complete the connection to your SmugMug site.

Option 3: DIY

If you purchased your domain name from another provider, be sure to check your domain host's setup instructions to prevent problems.  

  1. Point your CNAME 'www' to domains.smugmug.com.
  2. Within the domain forwarding area, point the version of your domain address without the www to the address with the www: example.com > www.example.com.
    • Using a subdomain to point at SmugMug? There is no need to set up an A Record.
  3. Visit your SmugMug Account Settings > Me > Account tab for the "Custom Domain" line. Paste your new domain name into the box and click "Save Changes." That's it!

As long as you do not change the other DNS records, like the MX records, your domain email and subdomains connected to blogs and such will continue to work.

Note: We don't support domains from 1and1, and this won't likely change unless they change the way their domain service works. At 1and1, they don't allow you to configure separate MX records for any email accounts that may be using your custom domain name. This means if you configure a CNAME record for your 1and1 domain, your domain name would properly point to your SmugMug site, but any email you use under that custom domain would no longer work.

Gotcha: Custom Domains are limited to 50 characters.