Setup a GoDaddy Domain with Vercel

Use your GoDaddy registered domain for your Vercel deployments.

With Vercel, you can assign a domain name to any of your deployments in. If you have a domain registered on another service, such as GoDaddy, you must first point your domain to Vercel in order to use it for your deployments.

This guide will cover how to point your GoDaddy registered domain towards Vercel in order to use your domain for your deployments.

Step 1: Adding and Verifying Your Domain

The first step of pointing an external domain to Vercel is to add your domain to your Vercel account or team and verifying ownership.

To add a domain with Vercel CLI, use the following command in your terminal:

vercel domains add <domain>

Once you have added the domain, Vercel CLI will present you with some information about verifying it.

You will have two options. Either to verify your domain with nameservers for immediate migration or with a TXT record for thorough zero-downtime migration. The method you use is entirely optional.

Adding a domain with Vercel CLI.

Verifying with Nameservers

This is the fastest method of getting started with your domain on Vercel. When using nameservers, you are both verifying and pointing to Vercel all at once.

When using this method, however, if the domain was previously pointing to another host and if you have not yet configured Vercel for your domain, e.g. generating SSL certificates; when it does point to Vercel, it will invoke downtime until the configuration is done. To avoid this, use the TXT verification method.

If you want to verify with nameservers, you must use the intended set of nameservers given to you when you added the domain with Vercel CLI. If you need to be reminded of these nameservers, you can use the following command:

vercel domains inspect <domain>

With the intended set of nameservers, you shall need to apply them to your domain through the GoDaddy through their account dashboard and clicking through to manage your domain.

Going to and logging in will result in a page like this:

The GoDaddy domains dashboard.

Next, click on the "DNS" button on the domain you want to migrate to Vercel. You will be brought to a page with the two uppermost sections being "Records" and "Nameservers".

Apply the nameservers you received from adding your domain or from the inspect command in the order they are given and then save the configuration.

After GoDaddy has propagated the changed DNS for your domain, your domain is ready to be verified. Vercel will automatically check the domain periodically for verification, though if you want to verify it yourself, use the following command:

vercel domains verify <domain>

Verifying with a TXT Record

This method is used when you want to verify your domain but you do not yet want to point to Vercel, for example if you need to configure Vercel beforehand in order for zero-downtime.

You can add the TXT record by going to your GoDaddy domains dashboard, as in the nameservers method, and clicking on DNS on the domain you want to migrate, then clicking add in the "Records" section.

Select TXT as the record type to add, _now as the host, and the value you were given for the record when adding your domain or when using the vercel domains inspect <domain> Vercel CLI command.

Adding a TXT record with GoDaddy's domain DNS management settings.

Once you have added the TXT record, your domain can be verified. Vercel will periodically check your domain to see if it is verified, but if you do not want to wait and want to start using your domain with Vercel immediately, use the following command to force a verification check:

vercel domains verify <domain>

Verifying a domain with Vercel CLI

Step 2: Configuring Your Domain on Vercel

If you have used either verification method, the next step may be to configure your domain with DNS records and to use it for a deployment.

Adding DNS Records

Whether you are matching a previous configuration for your domain for a zero-downtime migration or just want to set up DNS records, Vercel provides an easy to use command that allows you to add DNS records from the CLI.

For example, adding a set of Gmail MX records with the vercel dns add command:

vercel dns add <domain> @ MX ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 1 && vercel dns add <domain> @ MX ALT1.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 5 && vercel dns add <domain> @ MX ALT2.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 5 && vercel dns add <domain> @ MX ALT3.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10 && vercel dns add <domain> @ MX ALT4.ASPMX.L.GOOGLE.COM 10

Read more about vercel dns to learn about the format of the command.

Adding a Domain to Deployments

‚ÄčVercel is dedicated to making deployment easy. If you have not yet deployed an app, take a look at the Deployment Basics documentation or at some other guides or examples to get started.

Adding your production domain to a project can be done from the Vercel Dashboard by selecting the project's Domains tab and entering it there, you can find more information on this in the custom domains documentation.

You can then deploy to your production domain with a single command:

vercel --prod

Deploying a project to a production domain.

We highly recommend using either the Vercel for GitHub, Vercel for GitLab, or Vercel for Bitbucket apps which will allow your app to be deployed to your production on push to your GitHub repository, GitLab project, or Bitbucket repository.

Step 3: Pointing to Vercel

As with the "Verifying with Nameservers" step, this final part of the migration process will point your domain to Vercel DNS with the intended nameservers set. If you did not save them when you added your domain, you can see the intended list by running the vercel domains inspect <domain> command.

If you verified with nameservers, this step is already complete!

To set your nameservers, on the DNS management page as you added the TXT record, at the bottom of that page will be a section that allows you to enter custom nameservers

Changing nameservers with GoDaddy's DNS management settings.

Once GoDaddy propagates the changes to the domain with the updated nameservers, your domain will then point to the app you deployed before.

That's all. Your domain is successfully migrated to using Vercel DNS and pointing to your Vercel deployed app.

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