Domains »Custom DNS
Custom DNS records are special settings that change how your domain works. They allow you to connect your domain to third-party services that are not hosted on WordPress.com, such as an email provider.
Before you begin, make sure you receive the records that would need to be entered from your service provider. You may want to check their support site or contact them for more information.
Custom DNS records are only available if you already added a custom domain to your blog.
Editing your DNS records
Your DNS records live live under Store → Domains in your dashboard. Every custom domain you added to your blog will have an Edit Domain link next to it.
Click on Edit Domain to open the domain management screen, and then click on Edit DNS on the left to see your DNS records.
Adding Custom DNS Records
At the top of the Edit DNS page, you’ll see three records that are set in place by default. These records will be followed by a “handled by WordPress.com” message. In order for your domain to work correctly, you’ll need to leave those in place. If you need to add separate DNS records, you’ll want to add them in addition to the preset records.
Custom DNS records are comprised of several pieces of information that have to be entered in the correct order. The actual information required depends on the type of record you are trying to add.
For example, a domain’s MX Record directs your emails to the right place. Using a custom MX record, you can point any email on your domain to a third-party email provider. This will allow you to create email addresses using your custom domain and use them with your preferred email service provider.
An MX record is comprised of the following pieces of information:
- Your domain (or subdomain)
- Your provider’s domain
You can get this information from your email service provider.
Editing DNS records
To edit an existing DNS records, hover over it with the mouse and click the pencil icon on the right. Note that some default records cannot be edited directly.
For more information about editing your A record and pointing your domain to another host, see the Setting a Custom A Record page.
Our DNS editor currently has a limitation of 192 characters for TXT records. If this poses a problem for your needs, the workaround is to create a CNAME record to an alternate domain and host the TXT record there. Alternatively, some third-party services may allow you to use an alternate, non-TXT form of authentication.