How to Get a Custom URL on Tumblr
By Ashley Poland
Tumblr.com 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 GoDaddy.com or 1and1.com. 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 "188.8.131.52" 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 tumblr.com/customize 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., yourdomain.com, in the text box. Click "Save" to save the changes to your blog.
Test that your domain name is configured properly by going to tumblr.com/check_domain 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.
- Users who enter your Tumblr URL, i.e., username.tumblr.com, will be redirected to your custom URL.
- It can take up to 72 hours for your domain name to load up your Tumblr page, even when configured correctly.
Ashley Poland has been writing since 2009. She has worked with local online businesses, supplying print and web content, and pursues an active interest in the computer, technology and gaming industries. In addition to content writing, Poland is also a fiction writer. She studied creative writing at Kansas State University.