How to Get a Custom URL on Tumblr

By Ashley Poland

A domain name looks more professional than a Tumblr sub-domain name.
i Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images offers a basic service that allows you to enter a custom domain name that links to your blog. If you're using Tumblr to manage a professional blog, adding a domain name can give it a level of authenticity and legitimacy. Tumblr does not sell domain names, so before linking your domain name, you will have to purchase one via another service.

Purchase a domain name, if you don't already have one. You can purchase just a domain name (without other Web hosting) at sites like or IWantMyName is a service that's designed to work with Tumblr when purchasing your domain. Domain names are purchased and renewed by the year.

Change your domain's A Record to "" through your domain registrar. How this is done depends on the company you're working with. Check the documentation for further details.

Open the customization page for your Tumblr blog. You can access this at or by going to your blog and clicking the "Customize" button in the upper-right corner of the page.

Click "Info" and select "Use a Custom Domain Name." Enter your domain name, i.e.,, in the text box. Click "Save" to save the changes to your blog.

Test that your domain name is configured properly by going to or clicking the "Text Your Domain" link under "Info." Enter your URL and click "Check." If your domain is configured correctly, this page will tell you so.