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How to Connect Your Domain From Bluehost to Showit

Check out this step-by-step guide on setting your DNS records to display your site at your domain using Bluehost!

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Written by Jeff Willems
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These are the steps for how to manually connect your domain to your Showit site if you are using Bluehost as your domain registrar.

⚠️ If you are wanting to migrate a blog you cannot switch your DNS records until our Showit blog team has finished migrating your blog.

If you do switch your DNS records before your blog is migrated, our blog team will be unable to migrate your blog. Once the migration is complete, our team will message you and give you the necessary DNS records.

If you need to add or migrate a blog to your Showit site, you can find out how to do that here:

Getting Started

To get started you'll want to login to your Bluehost account where you have your domain hosted. Select the "Domains" tab on the left column, then in the dropdown menu on the right that says "Manage" choose "DNS."

You should be able to see and edit your records there.

Find Your Site Specific DNS Records

Note: If you have a blog tier Showit subscription, you will need to request a blog setup before you make changes to your DNS records.

Or, find them in your Account by following these steps:

1). Click your name in the lower left corner of the Showit Design App
2). Choose Manage Account
3). Click Your DNS Records below your domain

Note: If you see a message in your account screen that says "Your website doesn't appear to be connected to Showit," go into the Design App and ensure you have clicked “Connect Your Domain” in the upper left of the Design App to submit your domain.

This will take you to your domains screen within Showit. Under Your DNS Records are the DNS record values that you will want to apply within your Bluehost account.

  • If you have a Green Note, that record is good and doesn't need changed.

  • If you have a Red Note, that record is wrong and need to be deleted.

  • If you have a Yellow Record, that record needs to be set or added.

Apply Your DNS Records in Bluehost

You can work with your domain host customer support by giving them a screenshot of the records from your account app or add them manually by following the instructions below.

A Records

You will need two A Records.

If you don't have any A Records listed simply select the blue Add Record. Add a record that looks like this:

Host Record: @

Value: (the value found under "Your DNS Records" in the account app for this A record.)

Then add a second record that looks like this:

Host Record: *


If you already have an A Record set here, delete it or edit the record so that it matches one of the above records. You can only have two A Records set here.

Example: (Make sure the @ record is set with your unique value)

Note: Be sure that the Nameservers at the top are defaulted to Bluehost in order for the DNS records to apply.

CNAME Records

You will need one CNAME Record.

You may already have a CNAME Record set here with your domain. If this record is showing something different than the example below, you can edit it by clicking on the 3 dots to the right of the record.

Set the CNAME Record like this:

Host Record: www

Points To: (the URL found under "Your DNS Records" in the account app for this CNAME record. If you do not have a blog, this will be your domain. If you do have a blog, this value will be

Example of a non-blog subscription CNAME record:

⚠️ Make sure there are no other A Records named @ or CNAME Records named www

If there are, delete those records so the new DNS records will apply.


Once you have set up your DNS records, the changes that were made may not update immediately. While these changes can happen in a matter of minutes or hours, it can take up to 48 hours to fully propagate throughout the internet worldwide. So if you aren't seeing it live right away, give it another few hours, and refresh the page.

Check Your DNS Records

If you aren't sure that your DNS records have been set correctly in your registrar, you can check in your Showit Account.

On your Domains screen, click on the button that says Check Site.

This refresh can be used once every 5 minutes to run a check on your DNS records. If your records have a green note next to them, they are set correctly. If the note is yellow or red, some changes might still need to be made to your records.

If you are certain that you've set your records correctly, but you're still seeing errors after checking your site, your DNS records might still be updating. See Propagation.

Secure Your Site With an SSL

Once your DNS records have been set within your domain registrar, you will need to have an SSL set for your site in order for it to be secure. Your SSL will be set differently depending on what subscription you have with Showit.

SSL for Non-Blog Subscription

If you do not have a blog included with your Showit subscription and you have just finished setting your DNS records within your domain registrar, you can set your SSL within your Showit Account.

To do so, simply navigate to your Showit Account and then click on the Domains option in the top right corner.

On your Domains screen, click on the button that says Check Site.

This Check Site button will run a new check to see if your DNS records have been set correctly, and if they have, it will automatically apply your SSL to your site!

SSL for Blog Subscription

If you have either the Basic or the Advanced Showit Blog Subscription and your blog has been set up, your DNS records have been set and have had time to propagate, your SSL should automatically set itself.

Occasionally, something may happen to prevent your SSL from properly setting, or you may receive a 1001 error message when you try to load your site. If this happens, don't worry! We've got your back. Reach out to the Showit Support Team and request that they set your SSL or clear that 1001 error for you.


Where can I set my current DNS records?

Go to your Domain Registrar (where you purchased your domain).

Where can I find the right DNS records I need to input?

You can find them in your account settings in Showit. Just click your name in the lower left corner, choose "manage account," then "Your DNS Records." If you get stuck here, just ask support!

How do I apply the right DNS records?

Follow along here. Or, you can ask your domain host customer support to help you input them!

How long will it take for my DNS records to propagate?

Usually within a couple hours, but in rare cases up to 48 hours. If it takes longer than this, just contact support!

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