Associate Godaddy Domain with a render project

5 months, 3 weeks ago

Hey, ever found yourself wrestling with the wild world of connecting your Render domain to your GoDaddy one? Been there, done that! But don't sweat it – I've got your back. Let me walk you through the steps in my signature style.

So, assuming you've got:
1. A fancy project chilling on Render.
2. Already snagged a domain from the GoDaddy aisle.
3. Played around with the domain hosts in your project settings.

With those bases covered, let's dive headfirst into the how-to!

First off, trot over to your Render account, tap on the project you want to sprinkle that domain magic on. On the left panel (as of 2024), scroll down till you spot 'Settings'. Clickety-click on 'Settings', scroll down, and you'll find the magical realm of domains – looks something like this:


Now, time to take a stroll over to GoDaddy. Click on the top-right where your name is doing the limelight dance. Head to your products, locate the domain you want to cozy up with. Click on 'Domain DNS', and you'll be greeted with a scene that resembles this:


Back to Render – copy that CNAME and pop back into GoDaddy. Slap a new record on there. The type? Of course, CNAME. The name is 'www', and the value is that treasure you swiped from Render. Paste it, save it – easy peasy.

Now, let's snag the value of ANAME/ALIAS from Render (which GoDaddy, as of my last update, doesn't fully support). No worries, just replace it with type A in GoDaddy.

Type A, name is '@', and the value is the secret sauce from Render. Copy-paste-save. Disable all the forwarding in GoDaddy – right on top, after DNS records, you'll spot forwarding. Click on it, disable any sneaky forwarding tricks.

Hop back to Render, double-check your inputs. After a few nail-biting minutes, you should be greeted with this beauty:


Voila! That's the whole shebang. Easy peasy, right?


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