Using a custom domain with Ghost(Pro) not only makes your site memorable, but also establishes your publication as a professional brand.

You can connect any domain or subdomain you've purchased from Google Domains to your Ghost(Pro) publication by adding a CNAME record to your domain's DNS settings. SSL certificates are automatically provisioned  (and renewed each year) for you.

Regardless of how a user enters your publication's URL in their browser, they'll always be directed to the correct site.

If you own a domain through Google Domains, the following steps explain how you can map your custom domain to your Ghost(Pro) publication.

Step 1: Access Domain DNS Settings

The first step in setting up your custom domain is to sign into your Google Domains account and head over to your domain's DNS settings.

Step 2: Create CNAME Records

In the "Custom resource records" section of your DNS settings, create the following DNS records:

Subdomain DNS Configuration
Record Type Host Value
CNAME www <subdomain>
A @

Note: The A record will automatically redirect the http and https root domain to the subdomain you configure.

Root Domain Configuration
Google Domains does not support CNAME root domain configurations and using an A record to achieve a root domain is not supported. To setup a root domain configuration, we recommend that you consider using Cloudflare for additional flexibility.

Step 3: Activate the Custom Domain

Login to your publication's Ghost Admin area, and go to the Ghost(Pro) > Domain settings.

Click the “Setup” button and follow the prompts to activate your custom domain.