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Connect Register.com Domain with Wix

Connecting a Register.com domain with Wix is a 2-part integration process.

The first part requires you to Add your custom domain through Wix website while the second part is for you to Configure the DNS through Register.com or your DNS provider.

The second part varies depending who’s hosting the DNS of your domain. But to make a long story short, you either need to add Wix DNS resource records like A record and CNAME(Pointing method) or redirect your domain to Wix name servers(DNS method).

I’m using the terms Pointing method and DNS methods based on Wix vocabulary, but those have different meaning for other providers.

If you’re a beginner, I recommend to use DNS method. This way, the Wix support team can help you with DNS and website concerns at the same time.

Redirecting your domain to Wix nameservers will allow them to host the DNS and easily configure it on your behalf.

But if you’re already comfortable or have a lot of experience managing the DNS on your own, then you may use the Pointing method instead.

Before you begin:
You must upgrade your Wix site to a Premium Plan before you can connect your domain.

Part 1: Add Your Custom Domain through Wix

  1. Go to the Domains page in your Wix account.
  2. Click Connect a domain you already own. Note: If you already have a domain in your account, click Add an Existing Domain, then select Connect a domain you already own.
  3. Select the site you want to connect your domain to and click Next.
  4. Enter the domain name.
  5. Click DNS next to Connection Method at the bottom of the page.
  6. Select DNS or Pointing.
  7. Click Confirm.
  8. Click Next.

Wix will display the necessary CNAME and A record or Name servers where you can point your domain name to.

Pointing method / A and CNAME

Connect Register.com to Wix via DNS

DNS method / Name servers

Connect Register.com to Wix via nameservers

These are just examples, you may see different values for your account.

 

Part 2: Configure DNS via Register.com or DNS provider

This part is where you need to add the A and CNAME record or redirect the domain to Wix name servers.

This can be done either directly through Register.com or through a DNS provider where you domain points to.

 

Pointing method / A and CNAME

You should edit or add Wix A and CNAME records. Here are example Wix resource records:

Host NameTypeData
@ (domain.com)A23.236.62.147
www (www.domain.com)CNAMEwww170.wixdns.net

To add or edit A record, follow these steps:

New Account Manager View:

  1. Click here and log in to your Register.com account.
  2. Hover your mouse over Domains, then choose Manage.
  3. On the next page choose Manage next to the domain name.
  4. Scroll and look for the Advanced Technical Settings. Click Edit A Record (IP Address).
  5. Place your alias in the left hand box and your IP in the right hand box.
  6. Click Continue, then Continue again.
  7. You have updated your A records.

Classic Account Manager View:

  1. Click here and log in to your Register.com account.
  2. If you see your domain name as a blue link in the center of the page, then click it.
  3. Click Edit IP Address (A record). This option is found under the Advanced Technical Settings heading.
  4. Scroll and look for the Advanced Technical Settings, then click Edit A Record (IP Address).
  5. Place your alias in the left hand box and your IP in the right hand box.
  6. Click Continue, then Continue again.
  7. You have updated your A records.

 

To update CNAME records, follow these steps:

  1. Click here and log in to the Account Manager.
  2. Within Account Manager, use the drop down under My Domain Names to choose the domain you’d like to manage, then click the Go button.
  3. In the green box, select Change Where Domain Points.
  4. Select Advanced DNS.
  5. Click the Continue button.
  6. If the domain name was not previously pointed to Register.com name servers (DNS), you will receive a page with messaging regarding this change. If you would like to continue, click the Move Name servers to Register.com button.
  7. In the Host Alias (CNAME Records) section, click Edit CNAME Records.
  8. You have updated your CNAME records.

To add or edit CNAME records, follow these steps:

  1. Enter or edit the alias name in the Alias text box.
  2. Select one of the two options, Refers to Host Name or Other Host.
  3. Select Other Host, enter Wix CNAME or edit a name in the Other Host text field.
  4. Click Continue.
  5. You have updated your CNAME records.

 

DNS method / Name servers

Redirect or point your domain to Wix name servers. Here are sample Wix name servers:

ns4.wixdns.net
ns5.wixdns.net

Follow these instructions to move or change your DNS information to Wix name servers:

  1. Click here and log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Within the Account Manager, select My Domain Names.
  3. Select the domain name you want to change and click Manage.
  4. In the green/purple box, select Change Where Domain Points.
  5. Select Domain Name Server (DNS).
  6. Under Specify the Domain Name Servers section, type Name Server 1 and Name Server 2.
  7. To enter additional Domain Name Servers, click the Add More Name Servers link.
  8. Click Continue, then click Apply Changes to accept the changes.

You have updated your DNS information to point to a new server.

 

Verify Your Domain Connection

Once you’ve updated your domain’s DNS records, return to the Domains page in your Wix account and click Verify Connection. Due to DNS propagation delay, you may not be able to verify the domain connection immediately.

Connect Register.com with Wix - Verify Domain Connection  

 

DNS Propagation

All DNS changes may take up 48 hours to fully take effect online so you may not see the changes you just did in the domain name. Be patient and give it more time to propagate in the entire internet. Given that the DNS was properly configured, it’s just a matter of time before your domain connects with Wix.

 

Check this out if you have another domain from a third party domain registrar you wish to connect with Wix from a different 3rd-party domain registrar.

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