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Using a Third-Party Domain

If you have a domain registered through a third-party domain host — like hover.com or namecheap.com — you can link it to your Cargo Site by changing its DNS configuration.

Begin the process in the Cargo Admin:   → Connect an existing Domain Name → Enter a Third-Party Domain.

To configure a top-level domain, like example.com, for use with a Cargo 2 site, set the domain to use only Cargo’s nameservers (be sure to remove any other nameserver records):

This hover.com support article shows an example of what this process looks like. The interface used to set a domain's nameservers will vary from service to service.

Note: If you have email at your domain, Cargo will attempt to maintain its required DNS settings during the transfer process. This includes MX and TXT records; Subdomains and CNAME records will not be transferred. If you are verifying your domain with CNAME Records, as with G Suite or Zoho, you will need to re-verify your domain after connecting it to Cargo using Cargo’s DNS editing interface.

To point a subdomain, like cargo.example.com or anything.example.com, change the DNS CNAME record for your subdomain to point to Cargo’s subdomain URL:

Note: Use this record as-is; it should not be changed to your Cargo site URL.

If you’re having trouble making these changes to your domain on your own, Cargo offers a free Domain Configuration Service.