How do I use my domain with my Tumblr account

When you publish a free Tumblr site, it will automatically get its own site address (URL), e.g.,

If you would like to connect your own domain (a domain is a site address that you own, for example, www.mydomain.tld), please follow these steps to point a domain registered with us to your Tumblr account (note that your domain should be pointed to our BasicDNS, BackupDNS (a legacy option) or PremiumDNS nameservers, otherwise, the settings should be configured on the side of your hosting/DNS provider):

1. Sign into your Namecheap account.

2. Mouse over the Account option in the upper right corner of the page and choose Domain List or choose Domain List from the left sidebar:

3. Click on the Manage option next to the domain name you wish to point to your Tumblr account:

4. Click on the Advanced DNS tab and find the Host records section > click on the Add New Record button (not able to edit Host Records?):

If you already have a record set up, simply click on it to modify the value:

5. Configure the following records if you want to use a bare domain for your website, e.g.,

  • A record for @ pointing to
  • CNAME record for www pointing to

Once you've done so, you might also want to make sure that there are no conflicting records for the same Host and remove them, if there are any. The records you need to check may be of URL Redirect (Unmasked/Masked/Permanent), A or CNAME record types.

Here is the example of conflicting records:


If you want to use any subdomain for your website, for example,, the following CNAME record should be added to your current records:

6. Click on the Save all changes button once done. Normally, it takes 30 minutes for newly created records to take effect.

After your settings have been activated, you need to make sure Tumblr knows about your custom domain so that it can direct visitors to your site. Just log into your Tumblr account and follow these instructions:

- Click on the Account icon at the top right, then hit Settings:

- Choose the blog in question from the Blogs column on the right:

- Click on the Edit icon, select Use a custom domain name and enter your domain (e.g., or a subdomain (e.g., Then click on Test domain and hit Save:

After re-configuring your domain it may take up to 72 hours for Tumblr to verify your settings.

When you visit the subdomain/domain, you should see a Tumblr error page - this means that the domain is correctly pointed to Tumblr, but that your blog hasn’t been activated yet.

That's it!

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