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Connecting your Google domain name to an Elementor hosted website

Last Update: July 16, 2023

Introduction

Creating an Elementor hosted website is your first step on the road to success. Now it’s time to attach a great name to your beautiful site.

In order to do this, you will first need to make some changes to the DNS records of your domain name. This document will walk you through the steps.

Before you begin

Before adding a custom domain name to your Elementor website, make sure you:

  • Purchased an Elementor hosted website subscription and created a website.
  • Purchased a domain name from Google Domains.
  • Have access to your Google Domains login information.

Connecting your domain to your Elementor hosted website

  1. From your My Elementor dashboard, go to Websites and click the Manage This Website button located in your website’s card. This opens the Site Details screen. 
  2. In the Manage Domains section, click Connect my domain.
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    A popup window opens
  3. In the popup window, enter the custom domain name you purchased and click Let’s begin. Use the domain name without www in front of it. 
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By default, the system uses the name you entered as the primary domain and will connect the name with www in front of it. (e.g. mysite.com will be the primary domain, and www.mysite.com will also be connected.)

Note: Domain connection can take up to 72 hours. 

Editing the domain name settings with your provider

  1. If the default checkboxes are okay, click Let’s begin.
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  2. Open a new tab in your browser, and if you haven’t already, sign into your GoDaddy account
  3. Once signed in, go back to the Elementor tab and click I signed in, what’s next?
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Adding the DNS records

  1. Click My domains in the Google Domains tab.
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  2. Navigate to the domain you want to use for your Elementor hosted website. 
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  3. Click Manage
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  4. Now that you’ve found your domain settings, go back to the Elementor tab, and click Found it, what’s next?
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  5. Go back to the Google tab, and click the DNS tab to access the DNS records.
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  6. Once you’ve located the records, go back to the Elementor tab and click Found them, what’s next?
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    You can now access the A record and CNAME of your Elementor hosted website.
  7. In the Update your DNS records section, under A record and/or CNAME value, click the copy icon to copy the A record or CNAME from the Elementor tab.
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  8. Go back to the Google Domain tab and paste in the A record or CNAME as detailed below.

Adding an A record

Important: If your domain DNS records have an AAAA (IPv6) record set, you’ll need to delete it because IPv6 isn’t compatible with Elementor hosted websites yet.

The DNS Management page is where you’ll create an A record for your domain. If your domain already has an A record set to “Parked” or another address, you’ll have to delete it.

  1. Click Manage custom records.
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  2. Leave the Host Name field blank – it will default to your domain name.
  3. Navigate to the Type field and use the dropdown to select A.
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  4. Leave the TTL field to default to the 3600 value present. 
  5. In the Data field, paste in the A record value of your Elementor hosted website. This is the number you copied from the Elementor tab.
  6. Click the blue Save button to apply the record.
Animated GIF of A Record details being added in Custom records.
If only all your work could be as simple as adding an A Record!

Using a CNAME record for the www address

To direct the “www” address to your Elementor hosted website, you need to create a CNAME record with the host name set to “www”. You may  already have a CNAME record for the “www” address set to your domain. If you do, you can leave this as-is. If you don’t have a “www” address in your list, you  need to add it from the DNS Management page.

To add a “www” address:  

  1. Click Manage custom records.
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  2. Enter “www” in the Host name field.
  3. Navigate to the Type field and use the dropdown to select CNAME.
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  4. Leave the TTL field to default to the 3600 value present. 
  5. In the Data field, paste in the value of your Elementor hosted website. This is the value you copied from the Elementor tab.
  6. Click the blue Save button to apply the record.
Animated GIF showing a user adding in CNAME details for a website resolution.
Next let’s add the CNAME details!

Alternative CNAME method

You can also point your domain to your cloud account by adding a CNAME record that points your domain to your Elementor hosted website domain. For example, if your domain name is example.com and your Elementor website is example.elementor.cloud, create a CNAME record with example.com that points to example.elementor.cloud.

Finishing up

  1. Go back to the Elementor tab.
  2. Click I updated my records. Connect my domain.

So what’s next?

  1. Wait for the DNS changes to propagate (this can take up to 72 hours).
  2. We’ll issue an SSL certificate for your website.
  3. When your domain is ready, we’ll notify you by email.

Next steps

To get the best out of Elementor, check out the Elementor Academy for useful learning resources. If you have any other issues, please contact our Support Center for help.

Have more questions? We’re more than happy to assist.

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