When your Google domain is set up correctly will load your Format site with showing in the address bar.

Throughout this guide mysite, and are EXAMPLES ONLY you will replace these with your own unique Format address and custom domain name.

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In this article

  • Format Domain Settings
  • Sign in to Google Domains
  • DNS Management
  • Confirmation Message
  • Still not working?

Format Domain Settings
  1. From your Dashboard, in the lower-left Sidebar tap 'Settings'
  2. Tap 'Domain'
  3. Under Format Address enter your unique site domain name
  4. Under Add your own domain enter your existing registered domain name (replace with your actual custom domain name)
  5. Save Changes

Sign in to Google Domains

If you have more than one custom domain name registered with Google, select the one you want to connect to your Format site.

Google Domains BETA list view of registered domains
  1. Tap 'My domains'
  2. If you have more than one domain it will be listed here
  3. Tap 'DNS' icon to configure

DNS Management

Scroll down until you see 'DNSSEC' panel.

The nameservers need to be using Google's default nameservers.

Set Forwarding
Under Synthetic records, forward the root domain to the 'www' version of your domain using a Subdomain forward.

Synthetic records for setting the root domain to the www subdomain url
  1. Go to the Synthetic records area
  2. Change dropdown selector to 'Subdomain forward'
  3. Ensure there is an ampersand '@' in the 'Subdomain' placeholder
  4. Add '' in the 'Destination URL' placeholder (replace '' with your own custom URL)
  5. Redirect type: 301 (Permanent)
  6. Ensure Forward path is selected
  7. Tap 'Add'
  8. The Subdomain forward should appear and match our example except you would have your own custom domain showing instead of

Set Forwarding
Under Custom resource records, add a CNAME alias pointing to your Format URL.

Google Domain adding custom CNAME record
  1. Add 'www' in '@' placeholder
  2. Set the record type to 'CNAME'
  3. Add your Format site address URL in the 'Domain name' placeholder
  4. Add

Confirmation Message

A confirmation message will be displayed. Sometimes it can take as long as 24 hours for your website to be connected to your domain.

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