Connecting or Transferring a Domain Purchased Elsewhere to Your Wix Account
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You can connect your domain to your Wix site, even if the domain was purchased outside of Wix and remains hosted elsewhere. If you prefer to manage the domain registration and payments at Wix, you can transfer your domain to Wix.
- You must upgrade your site with a Premium plan to connect or transfer a domain.
- You'll need access to your current domain registrar before you connect or transfer a domain. The registrar is the company that hosts your domain. If you don't know who your domain registrar is, you can find out by visiting whois.com and entering your domain name to see your domain details.
Connecting a domain to your site
Connecting your domain to Wix (also known as “domain mapping”) means that the domain management stays with your current domain host, but the URL of your domain points to your Wix site. When people type your domain's web address (e.g. www.mywebsite.com) they are brought to your Wix site.
There are two ways in which you can connect your domain to Wix - via name servers or via pointing. The method you use to connect your domain determines where the DNS records of your domain are hosted. DNS (Domain Name System) records tell your domain where to go to load your website.
If you want to connect a domain you already own to your Wix account, we strongly recommend you do so by changing its name servers.
Name servers vs. pointing:
Learn more about the differences between connecting your domain by name servers vs. by pointing.
Connecting via nameservers (recommended method)
Connecting via pointing
Transferring a domain to Wix
Most yearly Premium plans offer a 1 year free domain voucher you can use to claim a new domain, or get 1 year of free registration when you transfer your domain to Wix.
Connecting secondary domains to your site
Your primary domain is usually the domain name you choose when you first purchase your domain from Wix. You can choose a different domain as your primary domain, but you can only have one primary domain.
Secondary domains redirect to your primary domain. You can easily connect secondary domains to your primary domain. You can add an unlimited number of Wix domains, or up to six externally-purchased domains, to a single Wix site.
If you're connecting an additional domain that was purchased elsewhere, first connect the domain in your account. Once connected, you set up the domain to redirect to your primary domain.
Connecting subdomains to your site
A subdomain is a prefix that appears before your primary or root domain. For example, "shop.mysite.com" is a subdomain of the root domain "mysite.com".
You can connect subdomains in your Wix account. For example, if you own the root domain mystunningwebsite.com, you can connect blog.mystunningwebsite.com to your blog website. Read our subdomains overview for more information.
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Click below for answers to common questions about connecting vs transferring domains.
How long does it take for my domain connection to become active?
If I connect my domain to Wix via name servers, where are my billing and contact details for my domain hosted?
Can I switch to a different connection method even if I've already started connecting my domain?
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