Use a Custom Domain for Your Tumblr Blog [How-To]

Tumblr is a micoblogging service, which is at its peaks in the recent days mainly owing to its ease of use and wider customization options that are available. Tumblr has more than 50 million blogs and more than 20 billion blog posts as of April, 2012.

When you create a Tumblr blog, you will be given a  subdomain name which is similar to However you can add a custom top level domain if you wish. It is a very simple process and can be done in a few minutes.

All you’ve got to do is to change the A records of your domain to point to that of tumblr’s IP addresses and let tumblr know about it. It is as simple as it seems to.


How to Use a Custom Domain for Your Tumblr Blog

  1. You should get a domain name first.
  2. Go to your domain’s DNS manager.
  3. Delete the default A records and Create a new record to point at
  4. Now go to your Tumblr Dashboard and click Blog Settings.
  5. In the URL group, check the checkbox that says “.
  6. Enter your domain name without http://www.
  7. Click on Test your Domain to make sure the DNS changes have propageted. It’ll mostly take less than 48 hours for the DNS changes to propage. However it might take a maximum of 78 hours depending on the location.
  8. To prevent downtime, change the settings at tumblr after the DNS changes have propagated.
Once it is done, when you test your domain, it’ll look like this:

If your readers go to the original blog URL, that is, they’ll be redirected to your new domain. Adding a custom domain can help in multiple ways. It’ll help you market and share your blog much more easily and it looks a lot more attractive.

Hope this helped you in adding a custom domain for your tumblr blog. If you have any doubts in this process, let us know through comments and we will be more than happy to guide you through the process.