Tumblr is a micro-blogging service that offers you the ability to replace your Tumblr URL with an external domain. It requires you to change the DNS A record for your registered domain to Tumblr's IP address.

This article describes how to configure a custom domain registered with DreamHost for use with Tumblr as well as setting up optional DNS records for Round Robin DNS protection.

  • The following instructions are only necessary if you want your root domain (or the www version of your domain) to point to Tumblr.
  • If you want a subdomain to point to Tumblr, you just need to add a custom DNS record.

Configuring Tumblr for a custom domain registered with DreamHost

  1. Go to the Manage Domains page.
    The Manage Domains page opens.
  2. To the right of your domain, click the Edit button under the Web Hosting column.
  3. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Host DNS only! button.
  4. On the Manage Domains page, click the DNS link under the domain's name.
  5. Proceed to one of the following sections based on how many levels your custom domain contains:
    • If your custom domain contains two levels (e.g., example.com), use the A-record method.
    • If your custom domain contains three or more levels (e.g., www.example.com or blog.example.com), use the CNAME-record method.

Using the A-record method

Enter the following
    • Name: leave it blank
    • Type: enter A
    • Value: enter (Tumblr's IP Address)

Using the CNAME-record method

Enter the following
    • Name: enter www
    • Type: select CNAME
    • Value: enter domains.tumblr.com

Finishing the setup

  1. Click the Settings button under the account menu at the top of the dashboard.
  2. Select the blog you’d like to update.
  3. Click the pencil to the right of the Username section (the Tumblr URL section for secondary blogs), and then enable "Use a custom domain."
  4. Enter your domain (e.g., example.com) or subdomain (e.g., blog.example.com). Then click “Test your domain.”
  5. Correct any problems if the test finds any, and then click “Test your domain” until the test is successful.
  6. Click the Save button.

You can view additional information on the Tumblr page:

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