Setting Up a Custom Domain on Vercel: A Step-by-Step Guide
Having a unique online identity is crucial. Whether you're a developer or a business owner, a custom domain does just that—it makes you stand out and appears more professional. Vercel, a top platform for web app deployment, makes this process easy. Here's a simple guide to help you set up a custom domain on Vercel.
1. Get Your Domain
Start by registering your preferred domain name with providers like Namecheap, Google Domains, DreamHost, or GoDaddy.
Make sure your desired domain is available, and after registering, ensure you have admin rights.
2. Dive into Vercel
If you're new to Vercel, create an account. If you're already a user, just log in.
Once you're in, you'll be at the dashboard, which is the control center for all your projects.
3. Pick Your Project
Your dashboard will show all your projects. Choose which one you want the custom domain for. If you're new, you can add a project by either importing code or starting afresh.
4. Navigate to Domain Settings
Within your chosen project, go to 'Settings'.
You'll see a text field. Type in your domain (like "example.com") and hit 'Add'.
5. Prove the Domain is Yours
Vercel will give you steps to verify your domain. This could mean tweaking a TXT record, DNS settings, or a CNAME record.
6. Update Your DNS Settings
After verification, you'll get DNS records from Vercel.
Add these records to your domain provider's DNS panel. This links your domain to Vercel.
7. Save and Wait
Once you've saved the DNS records, be patient. The changes can take a few hours to be visible everywhere.
8. Boost Your Security with HTTPS
Back in Vercel, turn on HTTPS for your domain. This adds a security layer to your site, making it safer for visitors. Vercel even throws in an SSL certificate for you.
9. Deploy and Check
Deploy your project on Vercel and visit your custom domain. If all's done right, your site should load perfectly.
For multiple domains on one Vercel project, use the "Edit" and "Redirect to" options.
10. Troubleshooting Tips
If verification fails, check if the DNS records on Vercel match with those on your domain provider.
Only keep the A record pointing to Vercel.
For subdomains, ensure you've set the right CNAME record.
Getting an ERROR 404? Make sure both the apex and www subdomains are added in Vercel.
Remember, DNS changes can take time. It may be up to 48 hours before everyone can see your site.
Setting up a custom domain on Vercel is a breeze. Just follow the steps, and you'll have a polished online presence in no time.