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Pointing a GoDaddy hosted domain to SmugMug – manually

SmugMug offers a great tool that can automatically setup your GoDaddy hosted domain – so you do not need to use the tutorial below – if the GoDaddy connector worked for you.

If, for some reason, the connector did not work for you – use this step-by-step tutorial to point your GoDaddy hosted domain to SmugMug.

In my tutorial I will be pointing my old domain lgbt-stories.org to my SmugMug account – just so that you can follow my instructions in this tutorial.

Setting up GoDaddy

Log in to your GoDaddy account → click on your name in the upper-right corner of GoDaddy’s homepage → choose MY PRODUCTS → this will list all the products that you have on your GoDaddy account.

Find a domain that you would like to point to SmugMug and click the DNS button:

DNS Settings page on GoDaddy

Setting up CNAME record

Once you click the DNS button, you will see a new page with multiple records:

CNAME records on GoDaddy

You can ignore all of the records that you are seeing, except the www CNAME record – click on the PEN icon as on my above screenshot and now, we will point this record to domains.smugmug.com

Adding correct CNAME record to GoDaddy for SmugMug

Make sure that you point your domain exactly to ‘domains.smugmug.com’ and not your SmugMug website address.

Click the SAVE button.

This is how your edited CNAME record should look like:

Correctly setup domain on GoDaddy for SmugMug

Setting up DOMAIN FORWARDING

In order for your domain to work with and without the www at the beginning of the URL of your site – we will need to setup a domain forwarding.

On the same page where you have set up the CNAME record, scroll down to a section which says FORWARDING:

Click the ADD button and fill your boxes like this:

Forward To should be set to https:// and replace www.yourdomain.com with your own domain in my case I have entered www.lgbt-stories.org

Forward type: PERMANENT (301)

Settings: FORWARD ONLY

Tick the bottom option: UPDATE MY NAMESERVERS AND DNS SETTINGS TO SUPPORT THIS CHANGE.

Click SAVE.

Setting up SmugMug

Log in to your SmugMug account → open ACCOUNT SETTINGS → ACCOUNT → CUSTOM DOMAIN enter your custom domain address including ‘www’ at the beginning of the link:

Click the SAVE & EXIT button and that is it – your domain is now pointing to your SmugMug account.

TIP!

It may take up to 72 hours for your GoDaddy domain change to propagate. So, if you see an error message when adding the custom domain to SmugMug – don’t worry, it just means that you need to give this a little bit more time { up to 72 hours }.

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Tomasz Nowicki

My name is Tomasz Nowicki and I am a PHOTOGRAPHER and WEB DESIGNER based in the UK. Few years ago I have created my first website using SmugMug - a powerful platform for any type of photographer. I fell in love with it and from day one I have started exploring the possibilities of customizing my website. PHOTOM Portal is a my personal SmugMug knowledge base website where you can find some tips and tricks on how to use and get the most out of your SmugMug website.

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