How To Setup Custom Sub Domain For Your Tumblr Blog

Tumblr is one of my favorite blogging platform and its only because of its simplicity at work. Tumblr is often used for personal blogging, so this post might be helpful for some who plans to set up a personal blogging with a custom sub domain  on your Tumblr blog. I think many still are not aware of Tumblr and its feature. Well, I am not going to talk about the features here, rather how to set up a custom domain for your Tumblr blog. I thought of writing this post, after many requested me – how to setup custom sub domain for Tumblr. The setup process is very simple, so here we head to the instructions. You can also check out my Tumblr blog using custom sub domain

Step 1: Login to your domain registrar webpage. For example if you bought your domain from Godaddy, get into your Godaddy account domains page and select advanced details. Actually the process which I am going to instruct is common for all the domain registrar. So just follow the steps.

Step 2: This step will teach you how to add a sub domain to you Tumblr blog. Get into the domain manager page. Select Total DNS control and add a A record with the host name as your preferred custom domain and enter this IP address and click OK.

Godaddy custom domain setting

(Optional) For those who have changed the nameservers to your hosting providers nameserver, you need to select  Simple DNS Zone Editor option in the Cpanel and select the main domain of which you need to create a sub domain. Enter A Record name as frank (your preferred sub domain) and type the IP address and hit on Add A Record button.

Configure sub domain for tumblr blog

Step 3: Login to your Tumblr account and select Customize, then navigate to Info tab which is visible on top-left position.

Step 4: Now hit on Info and you get a popup box, where you see the basic information and most importantly the setting to setup a custom domain. Check on “Use a custom domain name” and enter your preferred custom sub domain.

Tumblr custom domain

Step 5: Once you finish adding up the custom domain, click on Test your domain link to check whether the DNS is correctly configured. Some times the DNS setup would probably 24 hours to take effect. So you won’t be able to see your Tumblr blog for sometime.

May 8, 2010. This entry was posted in Tutorials and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink.

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  2. How do you find enough time to write this blog ?!?

  3. @Odzyskiwanie – I rarely get time to blog. Since I don’t want to disappoint my blog visitors I blog once in a week.

  4. Thanks for this article. There are definitely tips in here that I will use.

  5. Thanks for the post bro, I did not knew about this features, surely I’ll try to set up a sub domain for my Tumblr blog.

  6. Thank you for you thorough explanation of this process. I just tried doing it, and my custom domain name is not working yet. You mentioned that this might be the case for 24 hours, so hopefully it will start working by then.

  7. Thank you, was looking for this . Now i have a custom tumblr URL.
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  8. thank you for the tumblr tutorial

  9. Totally worked! Thank you.

  10. Thanks for the tutorial.It works.Great job dude.Very helpful tutorial.After reading your blog and posting the code in the correct area, it seems to be working now.

  11. Some of these screens in particular the (Optional) Simple DNS Zone Editor part seems to have changed in GoDaddy’s interface. How does this work now?

  12. Hey Franklin,
    Do you know if there is a way to set up two domains to point to a Tumblr? I want my tumblr to be a subdomain of my personal website, but also have its own custom domain, but Tumblr only has the one place in ‘Customize’ to enter your custom url. Is there a workaround? If possible, I’d like to keep permalinks unique to the site the person used to access the blog (ie and…
    Thanks in advance for your help!

  13. Thanks!
    I just set up my account using your instructions.
    I worked perfectly.


  14. This really is the knowledge I needed. Thank you writing this article.

  15. Any recommendations to obtain a free domain name and hosting? Thanks

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