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How To Use Your Own Domain Name For Your Tumblr Blog

Custom Domain Name for Tumblr

Looking to make your Tumblr blog as professional as possible? Try using a custom domain name instead of the default yourname.tumblr.com address.

  1. Purchase a domain from your preferred registrar. Companies like NameCheap.com and GoDaddy.com sell domains for as little as $9.99 a year, and you won’t need any extra hosting.
  2. Once the purchase is complete, log in to your domain company’s account/domain management area to change the A (address) Record. The process is different for every host, so check their Help area to find out how.
  3. Point the A Record to Tumblr’s IP: 72.32.231.8. Leave the domain’s nameservers set to default.
  4. The change may take up to 72 hours. Once it does, you will see your Tumblr blog when you type the domain into the address bar.
  5. On the Dashboard, click your Tumblr blog’s name at the top, then click Settings on the right sidebar.
  6. Just under your Tumblr URL click the At the bottom, check Use a custom domain name and enter your URL (minus the http://), then click Save Prefferences at the bottom of the page.
  7. Once setup is complete, even if users type in your dot-Tumblr address, it will automatically forward to the custom URL.

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  1. Jesse B Andersen Says:

    Some of Tumblr’s templates look really amazing… That was about the only thing I liked about it. I just didn’t see clear advantages over other services like Blogger.

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