Updating Your Domain to use GitHub Pages in 3 Steps
Over the past few articles on my blog, I’ve been documenting the migration path that I took to move my blog - from a custom, self-hosted domain - over to GitHub Pages.
There’s been a few bumps on the road, but it’s definitely been smoother then what I was anticipating.
In this installment, I’ll be going through the steps to update your own domain DNS records to make sure that
finds it’s way to your
Step 1 - Buy a Domain
If you don’t have one already, then head towards your favorite domain registrar to pick up the custom domain you want.
Step 2 - Update your GitHub Pages Settings
In your GitHub blog repository
Settings page, add the custom domain name you bought (or own already) from Step 1.
Note: make sure you do THIS Step before Step 3. It might sound obvious, but there are security implications if you do these steps in the reverse order.
Step 3 - Update your DNS Records
In the control panel of the registrar with your custom domain, there are a few records we need to add.
First off, add a
CNAME record with the following settings:
CNAME will help DNS to resolve requests for
customdomain.com to reach
Here’s a screenshot of mine:
Next, we’ll need to add some
A records - 4 of them to be precise which will contain the addresses to 4 different nameservers
belonging to GitHub.
There’s a GitHub documentation page with these 4 addresses, but I’ll paste them here:
188.8.131.52 184.108.40.206 220.127.116.11 18.104.22.168
Let’s go ahead and create those
A records I mentioned:
Repeat this step 3 times, until you’ve got 4 entries - 1 for each ip address.
Here’s a screenshot of my page as a reference:
Step 4 - Profit
It may take up to 24 hours for the DNS record changes to make their way around the internet, but after a period of time you
will now be able to use
https://your.customdomain.com to reach your GitHub Pages site!