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How To Setup Custom Domain Name For Tumblr Blogs


If you are wondering why you should setup custom domain name for Tumblr blogs, then it’s pretty simple, it’s cheap and comfortable. Because example.com is always better than example.tumblr.com, it looks branded and professional. Earlier we shared how to configure custom domain name for Medium.com blogs and now we are back with the steps for Tumblr.com. Let’s get started.

We divided this article into two segments – 1) Making the changes on your domain registrar. 2) Making the changes on your Tumblr account.


5 Reasons Why You Should Be Using Custom Domain For Your Blog

Setup Custom Domain Name For Tumblr

If you haven’t purchased a domain name yet, I would suggest GoDaddy for domain names like .com, .net, .org, etc. and Name.com & 101Domain for ccTLDs like .gy, .sc, etc.

A & CNAME Records – Domain Registrar

We are using GoDaddy for this article, but the steps will be almost the same for every domain registrar.

Log into your GoDaddy account, click on the desired domain name and go to it’s “DNS Zone File”. Here you can edit or create the required A and CNAME records.

A Record: If you are going to use something like “example.com” for your blog, then select A (Host) for “Record Type”, type @ for “Host”, type for “Points To”, and keep the “TTL” default (1 Hour).

Tumblr Custom Domain A Record

CNAME Record: If you are going to use something like “blog.example.com” for your blog, then select CNAME (Alias) for “Record Type”, type blog for “Host”, type domains.tumblr.com for “Points To”, and keep the “TTL” default (1 Hour).

Tumblr Custom Domain CNAME Record

That’s all we have to do on the domain registrar account. Just make sure you have entered all the details correctly and save the settings once again. Now, let’s go to your Tumblr account.

Configuring Custom Domain Name – Tumblr

Log into your Tumblr account now, in the top-right you’ll find something like a user icon, click on it. Below your desired blog, click on the “Edit Appearance” link.

Tumblr Edit Appearance

Now, use the toggle button to enable the custom domain name option. Enter your desired domain name here and save the settings.

Setup Custom Domain Name For Tumblr Blogs

This is the final step. Now you just have to wait for some time and access your Tumblr blog using your custom domain name.


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If you have any queries related to this, kindly let us know in the comments below, we’ll be happy to help you out.


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    • Prakhar Shrivastav

      Thanks for sharing such a useful article about tumblr blogs. Custom domain on tumblr is requisite because its is also good from SEO point of view.

    • Ravinder Dande

      Hi Pradeep Bro,

      I didn’t know if we can setup custom domain on tumblr but yes as showed we can . I used to be there. I do not think that people will like to be on tumblr with custom domain.

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