Custom Domain and Network Solutions

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When using custom domain names with the recommended procedure is to use a cname to point to your and then to edit the blog name in the portal to match your

Unfortunately, this is a problem when using Network Solutions as your DNS host. Network Solutions does not support using a domain name root, for example with a cname. They only support sub-domains such as

The solution requires two steps.

  1. create a cname at network solutions for and then name your site as within the hosting panel.

However if you stop here when someone types in instead of the sub domain they will receive an error. So the second step is:

  1. Use the Network Solutions forward option to forward to

I hope this is helpful.

P.S. I did not figure this out on my own. A shout out to the excellent support at


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