How to Set Up a Custom Domain Name on Tumblr

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Get Started with Setting Up a Custom Tumblr Domain Name (Using GoDaddy)

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Tumblr is a popular blogging platform allows you set up your blog so that it can be found at a custom domain name on the web. So instead of having a blog with a URL like blogname.numblr.com, you can purchase your own domain name from a domain registrar to have your blog configured with blogname.com (or .net, .org, .ca, and so on).

Having a domain name is sort of like having a home address. If you want people to find your house, they need your address first to get there. It's the same with needing a domain name to get to your blog. They need the domain to search for it in Google or to put in their browser's URL field.

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On the other hand, your blog is kind of like your house. It's where your content lives. Comparably, your house is where you actually live.

A domain name and a website (or blog) are separate things, but they both work together. Only unlike trying to change your postal address to your house, you can change your domain to your blog or site if you purchase one.

The benefit of having your own domain is that you won't have to share it with Tumblr's. It's also easier to remember and makes your blog look much more professional.

Click through the following slides to see how you can set yours up in just a few minutes.

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Make Sure You Have Your Domain Name Ready

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Before you can do anything, you need to make sure you have your own domain name ready to go. Domain names are pretty cheap, and you can get them for as little as less than $2 per month, but it will depend on which plan you select and and the type of domain you're buying.

You can purchase one from all sorts of domain name registrar. GoDaddy.com, NameCheap.com and 1and1.com are a few popular ones to check out.

You'll need to create a free account first with the domain registrar of your choice in order to purchase a domain. For this particular demonstration, we’ll be using a domain with GoDaddy.

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Access the DNS Manager

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From your main "My Account" tab in your GoDaddy account, click plus sign (+) to the right of the "Domains" option in the given list on the page. This will display a dropdown menu of all the domains you've purchased.

Beside your domain name, click on "Manage DNS." This will take you to the domain details.

Note: Every domain name registrar is set up differently. If you don’t know how to access your domain on a different registrar, try searching on Google or YouTube to see if there are any helpful articles or tutorials available.

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Make the Configuration Changes

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From the three tabs at the top, click on "DNS Zone File." Now we get to edit some of this information so that it works with Tumblr.

On the row where you see information for your "Host," "Points To" and so on, click the little edit icon (directly under the "Actions" label). A new window will pop up with fields that allow you to edit the information.

Make sure your “Host” is set to the “@” symbol. Next, you need to make sure that the “Points to” section has the right Tumblr IP address, which is 66.6.44.4.

You can leave all the other options alone. Click the green "Finish" button when you're done.

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Enter Your Domain in Your Tumblr Blog Settings

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Now you need to tell Tumblr which domain you want to set up. To do this, sign into your Tumblr account and press the little person icon in the top right corner to see a dropdown menu of options. Then click "Edit appearance," which should appear as the last option in the menu.

On the page that follows, you should see a "Username" option listed first along with your Tumblr URL. Click the edit icon to the right of it (marked by a pencil) and then click on the "Use a custom domain" button to turn on this option.

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Enter your domain in the given field and then click "Test domain" to see if it works. If a message appears informing you that your domain now points to Tumblr, then you can hit the "Save" button to finalize it.

If you get a message saying that your domain isn't pointing to Tumblr, and you know you input all the correct information given above (and saved it) for the appropriate domain in your domain registrar, then you may need to just wait a while. It could take some time before all the changes are put into full effect.

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Visit Your Custom Domain Name Online to See Your Blog

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Try typing your domain in your browser to see if your Tumblr blog shows up. If it doesn't don't panic!

You may not be able to see your Tumblr blog at your new domain right after setting this up. It may take up to 72 hours for it to properly direct you to your Tumblr blog, but for most people it usually only takes a few hours.

For more information about Tumblr custom domain names, you can have a look at Tumblr’s official instruction page right here. Just type "custom domain" in the search field to automatically see Tumblr's own instructions for setting it up.

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