Google Sites Editor: Use a Custom Domain Name

Learn how to connect a custom domain name in Google Sites.

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Tip: To use a custom domain for a Google Workspace account (formerely G Suite), see this article.

Connect a custom domain

Visitors can easily find and remember your site with a domain name like www.yourdomain.com. To use a custom domain with your site on Google Sites, follow the steps below:

Important: Only the owner of the site can connect a domain. Learn how to change the site owner.

Step 1: Add CNAME Record

  1. Open your Domain Registrar, then open DNS Management

Tip: If you can't find that setting, contact your domain registrar support for help.

  1. Add a new Record:

    • Record Name: WWW

Tip: You can enter any subdomain you want, but it should match Step 3.5.

    • Record Type: CNAME

    • Record Destination/Content: ghs.googlehosted.com

  1. Save your changes

Step 2: Verify Domain Ownership

  1. On a computer, open Google Search Console

  2. On the navigation menu (≡), tap Add Property

  3. Next to Domain, enter your domain without WWW (eg. yssf.ml)

  4. Tap Continue

  5. Under Copy the TXT record below into the DNS configuration, tap Copy

  6. Open your Domain Registrar, then open DNS Management

Tip: If you can't find that setting, contact your domain registrar support for help.

  1. Add a new Record:

    • Record Name: @

Note: If you run into an error, try leaving it blank as some registrars do not support the '@' value.

    • Record Type: TXT

    • Record Destination/Content: Paste what you previously copied in Step 2.5

  1. Go back to Google Search Console

  2. Tap Verify

Step 3: Add Domain to Google Sites

  1. On a computer, open a site in new Google Sites

  2. In the top navigation, tap Settings icon (⚙)

  3. On the left, tap Custom Domains

  4. Tap Start Setup

  5. Enter your subdomain (eg. WWW)

Tip: You can enter any subdomain you want, but it should match Step 1.2.

  1. Enter your domain (eg. yssf.ml)

  2. Tap Next, then Done

Warning: Publish your site before you exit, to enable custom domain. Learn how to publish your site.

Verify domain ownership - Google Search Console

Verify domain ownership - Google Search Console

Custom domain settings in new Google Sites
Custom domain settings in new Google Sites

Remove a custom domain

  1. In the top navigation, tap Settings icon (⚙)

  2. On the left, tap Custom Domains

  3. Next to the domain you'd like to remove, tap Trash icon (🗑)

  4. To confirm, tap Delete

Redirect your naked domain (top-level domain)

Google Sites are mapped to a subdomain (ie. WWW, etc.), which makes it available only by visiting the subdomain, and not the root domain. Unfortunately, Google Sites doesn't provide naked-domain redirection natively (exept if you use Google Domains), but you can either see if your domain registrar does or use this free and easy to use service, NakedSSL.com.

Last updated: Dec 28, 2021