Add records at NearlyFreeSpeech.net to set up your SharePoint Online Public Website

Note: The SharePoint Online Public Website information in this article applies only if your organization purchased Office 365 prior to March 9, 2015. If you purchased Office 365 after March 9, 2015, use an Office 365 website hosting partner.

Before you rename the site to use your custom domain name, make sure you've finished designing the website (in Office 365) and that you're ready for everyone to see it. Then when you're ready to use your custom domain for the address, you create (at the DNS host for your domain) a CNAME record to point to your customized website.

Ready to create that CNAME record at NearlyFreeSpeech.net? Follow the steps in this article. (Need more help? Get support.)

Add the CNAME record to use your custom domain

First, review one of the two following linked articles (depending on the Office 365 subscription you have) for an overview of the process.

Then, when you’re ready to create the required CNAME record, use the steps in the following table.

Task

Action

Add a CNAME record.

  1. On the DNS page, in the Actions area at the right side of the page, choose Add a DNS Record.

    To find the DNS page, see Find your DNS records at NearlyFreeSpeech.net.

  2. In the new record, make sure that the fields are set to precisely the following values:

    • Name: Use the name of your custom domain; for example, www.contoso.com.

    • Type: Choose CNAME.

    • Data: Use name.sharepoint.com. where name is the name of your custom domain; for example, contoso.sharepoint.com.

      This value must end with a period (.).

    • TTL: Use the default value.

  3. Choose Add Record, and then choose Click here to continue.

Note:  Typically it takes about 15 minutes for DNS changes to take effect. However, it can occasionally take longer for a change you've made to update across the Internet's DNS system. If you’re having trouble with mail flow or other issues after adding DNS records, see Troubleshoot issues after changing your domain name or DNS records.

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Set up redirection so that people can get to your public website if they don’t type www

Currently NearlyFreeSpeech.net doesn’t support redirection. Learn about this service limitation.

Find your DNS records at the NearlyFreeSpeech.net website

If you need help finding the place where you work with DNS records at NearlyFreeSpeech.net, follow the steps below.

Task

What you’ll see

  1. In your browser, go to your domains at NearlyFreeSpeech and sign in.

  2. On the Domains page, find the name of the domain you want to update.

  3. In the DNS column, choose Manage.

    The DNS page opens.

In NearlyFreeSpeech.net, under DNS choose Manage

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Still need help?

Get help from the Office 365 community forums Admins: Sign in and create a service request Admins: Call Support

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