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Assign Custom Domain URL (Personal) - new Google Sites

How to add a custom URL using your own domain web address to a new Google Site made with a Gmail or personal Google Account

If you made your site with a G Suite account see Map Domain Web Address G Suite.

Instructions

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Assign a Custom URL (domain)

Verify domain ownership

  1. Go to the Google Search Console and ADD A PROPERTY
  2. Add the root-level domain, sometimes called the naked domain, with http:// prefixed to it (e.g. http://example.com) your site cannot use this address but you need to verify ownership of this domain.
  3. Verify your domain (not your Google Site) using the DNS provider method. Google Search Console will give you a value to add as a TXT record to your DNS records

Add DNS Records to your domain

  1. While editing your DNS records add the other DNS records you will need:
    • Add a CNAME record of www (or the subdomain you want to use) that points to ghs.googlehosted.com.
    • If your domain provider lets you redirect your naked domain to the subdomain address (e.g. make example.com redirect to www.example.com) then configure that
    • Alternatively add an A record of @ (or your naked domain) that points to 174.129.25.170 (a free service from wwwizer.com)
  2. Once the root-level domain is verified (may take hours depending on how quickly your domain name provider updates its public DNS records) use the ADD A PROPERTY tool again to add the subdomain you want to use on your site again with https:// prefixed to it (e.g. https://www.example.com). This will verify automatically as you have verified the root-level domain

Assign the custom URL

  1. Go to edit your site and use the three-dot More button at the top right and choose Custom URL
  2. Add the URL you want to use, e.g. www.example.com and use the ASSIGN button
  3. Once assigned it takes Google a little time to configure everything for your site at the back-end (in our experience normally 30 minutes) and the site will appear at the custom URL (provided you have published the site).

Verify domain ownership - Google Search Console

Verify domain ownership in the Google Search Console

Assign custom URL - Personal new Google Site

Assign a custom URL using your own domain to a new Google Site

Capabilities

  • Make your new Google Site appear at your own domain (up to 5 custom URLs are allowed)
  • Traffic to your site is secured via SSL (https) without any further configuration
  • If you have published the site to only a specific group of people the custom URL will redirect to the sites.google.com URL

Notes

  • You must verify DOMAIN ownership (e.g. http://example.com) NOT your sites.google.com URL
  • You cannot use the root-level (naked) domain (e.g. example.com) as your domain provider will not allow you to make the root-level DNS record a CNAME record, so you must use a subdomain (e.g. www.example.com)
  • If you made your site with a G Suite account see Map Domain Web Address G Suite and you will need your G Suite admin to help.

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