How to set up a custom domain with Hover

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Tech Note: In order to set up a custom domain for use with beehiiv, you must own the domain, or at least have the ability to modify its DNS settings. For more information about how to set up your host records in Hover, please refer to their support documentation here.

How to use a custom domain hosted by Hover

Before we get started, it’s important to understand that while there are a few back and forth steps that you’ll have to take between your beehiiv account and your Hover account, you should only need to set these aspects up once and when you’re done, you’ll be good to go. 

We’ve broken the process down into these 4 sections: 

A. Verify a custom domain

B. Configure a Web Domain

C. Configure a Redirect Domain

D. Configure an Email Domain

In the following instructions, we will be using newsletterhover.online as our example. 

A. Verify a custom domain

  1. Log into your beehiiv account and from the left panel options, go to Settings > Publications > then click on the Domains tab found up top.



  2. Scroll down to the Verified Domains section and click on Add Custom Domain

    Scroll down  and click on Add Custom Domain section

  3. Enter your custom domain URL and click on Add Domain.



  4. You'll be provided with a custom TXT record that you will need to add to the DNS records of your domain. Please keep this tab open, we will refer back to it.

    Note: Do not copy and paste the examples in the images.

    You will be provided with a custom TXT recod to add to your DNS records

  5. In a separate tab, log into your account at Hover and navigate to your Your Account.



  6. Click on the Control Panel option.

    Click on Control Panel…

  7. Click on the DNS tab.

    Click on DNS

  8. Click on the ADD A RECORD button.

    Click on ADD A RECORD

  9. Select a TXT record type.

    Select a TXT record type

  10. Refer back to your beehiiv tab from Step 4 and copy the Name content, then return to the Hover tab and paste it into the field for HOSTNAME.

    Paste within the HOSTNAME the beehiiv record

  11. For the CONTENT field, refer back to your beehiiv tab from Step 4 and copy the Value content, then return to the Hover tab and paste it into the CONTENT field.
    Note: Do not copy and paste the examples in the images.

    Paste in the TXT record value from beehiiv

  12. Review all of your inputs to make sure they are correct, then click on ADD RECORD.



  13. You will now see your custom TXT record added within your Hover domain DNS settings.

    You should now see the full TXT record saved within your Hover DNS settings

  14. Go back to your beehiiv tab from Step 4 and click on Verify.



  15. Once verified, you will see a quick success message at the top of your screen and ‘Verified’ next to a green checkmark icon under your new domain. Congrats! 🎉

    Once verified you will see the success message and green check mark. This may take up to 10-min to propagate so if it doesn't verify immediately please wait and then click verify again.

    If you would like to add additional domains that you may use as either a Web, Email, or Redirect Domain, you can click the Add Custom Domain button and repeat the process.

 


B. Configure a Web Domain

Now that you have added one or more custom domains to your account, you can configure one to use as a Web Domain where your beehiiv publications will live. 

  1. From the Domains tab in your beehiiv account, scroll down to the Web Domain section and click on Select Custom Web Domain.

    Click on Select Custom Web Domain

  2. Select a domain from the dropdown list of already Verified Domains that you'd like to be your Web Domain. In this example, we have added 2 subdomains and will use the "www" option for the Web Domain.

    Select your custom domain with "www". Remember that is for your web domain while "mail" will be for your email sending domain.

  3. Click on Configure Domain.

    Click on Configure Domain

  4. You will be provided with a CNAME record to add to your Hover DNS settings. Please keep this tab open, we will refer back to it.
    Type: CNAME
    Name: subdomain of your choosing (i.e. www, blog, newsletter)
    Value/Data: cname.beehiiv.com

    You will be given a single CNAME record to add to your Hover DNS settings

  5. In a separate tab, log into your account at Hover and navigate to your Your Account.



  6. Click on the Control Panel option.

    Click on Control Panel…

  7. Click on the DNS tab.

    Click on DNS

  8. Click on the ADD A RECORD button.

    Click on ADD A RECORD

  9. Select the CNAME record type. Refer back to your beehiiv tab from Step 4 and copy the name into the Target Name field. You can leave the TTL field as-is.

    Copy and paste your beehiiv records here

  10. Review all of your inputs to make sure they are correct, then click on ADD RECORD.



  11. Go back to your beehiiv tab from Step 4 and click on Verify Setup.

    Click on Verify Setup. Remember this could take up to 10-min to propagate so be pacient.

  12. Once verified, you will see a quick success message at the top of your screen and ‘Verified’ next to a green checkmark icon under your new domain. Congrats! 🎉

    Once live you will see your green Live checkmark

Tech Note: It can take up to 24 hours to propagate a new DNS setting, during this time, your beehiiv account might show the status as “Verifying Configuration” which means that you just need to wait. If you have fully set up a custom domain and are still experiencing issues after 24 hours, we advise you to grab a full screenshot of your DNS records and then contact support so we can try and solve the issue with you.

 


C. Configure a Redirect Domain

Now that you have added one or more custom domains to your account, you can configure one to use as a Redirect Domain. 

  1. From the Domains tab in your beehiiv account, scroll down to the Redirect Domain section and click on Select Custom Redirect Domain.

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  2. Choose an option from your Verified Domains and click Configure Domain.

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  3. You’ll be prompted to Verify Domain Configuration and should follow the instructions in the box that pops up.
    If you’re adding a root domain (yoursite.com for example) as the Redirect Domain, then it will provide you with this A record that you will need to add to your DNS records.

    Type: A
    NAME: @
    Value/Data: 104.16.243.55

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    Or, if you’re adding a subdomain (www.yoursite.com for example) as the Redirect Domain, then it will provide you with this CNAME record that you will need to add to your DNS records.

    Type: CNAME
    NAME: subdomain of your choosing (i.e. www, blog, newsletter)
    Value/Data: cname.beehiiv.com

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  4. In a separate tab, log into your account at Hover and navigate to your DNS records, then refer back to your beehiiv tab to add either the A record or the CNAME record that you were provided to your DNS account.

  5. Go back to your beehiiv account page and click on Verify Setup. If all is correct, then your domain will be verified, and you will see the green success checkmark under your Redirect Domain. Congrats! 🎉

 


 D. Configure an Email Domain

Now that you have added a couple of custom domains to your account and used one as a Web Domain, you’ll need to select and configure one to use as your Email Domain. 

  1. From the Domains tab in your beehiiv account, scroll down to the Email Domain section and click on Select Custom Email Domain.

    Click on Select Custom Email Domain

  2. Choose a domain from the dropdown list of already Verified Domains that you'd like to be your Email Domain.

    Select your custom domain with the "mail" option since we will be setting up your custom sending domain

  3. Click on Configure Domain to confirm.

    Click on Configure Domain

  4. Click on the dropdown trigger and select Verify.

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  5. You will then be provided with 3 CNAME records that you will need to add to your Hover DNS account to verify for sending. Please keep this tab open, we will refer back to it.

    You will now be given 3 CNAME records to add in your Hover account to finish setting up your custom sending domain.

  6. In a separate tab, log into your account at Hover and navigate to your DNS records, then refer back to your beehiiv tab to add the 3 CNAME records that you were provided to your DNS account.

    Click on Add a Record and copy over these 3 CNAME records into your hover DNS settings.

  7. Review all of your inputs to make sure they are correct, then click on ADD RECORD.



  8. Go back to your beehiiv tab from Step 5 and click on Verify Setup.

    Click on Verify Setup. Remember this could take up to 10-min to propagate so be pacient.

  9. Once verified, you’ll see the green checkmark confirming your Email Domain is ready. Congrats! 🎉

Option to update your email username

You will automatically be assigned a working Email Username for your publication but you have the option to change this. It will be the email address that your subscribers will see your newsletters being sent from. 

  1.  Under your verified Email Domain, click on Update Email to change your email username.

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  2. Type in the name you’d like to use for the “from” emails that your subscribers will see. Click on Confirm to verify.

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  3. Your Email Username is now set up for sending and your username is set. Congrats! 🎉

    Your custom sending "Email Domain" is now fully set up and ready to send

 

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