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Tumblr is a microblogging and social networking platform that allows users to create free public and personalized blogs with the ability to post and share multimedia and other contents.

Tumblr Bloggers are provided with a management dashboard that allows access and control of their publications and other site settings. Also, a default URL such as zmyblog.tumblr.com is automatically assigned to the site account.

Not all Bloggers want to use the default URL provided by Tumblr due to length, SEO or professional reasons. Hence, Tumblr has provided an access to its DNS server which allows such users or Bloggers to connect their Custom domain names e.g., zmyblog.com, to the corresponding Tumblr blog site.

If you’ve already registered your domain name with Z.COM, then this article will help you in setting it up to work with your Tumblr blog or site.

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The following steps will help you get your domain connected to Tumblr in minutes;

1. Sign in to your Z.COM account, using your username and password

2. Click on “DNS” from the top navigation bar:

3. Click the “+ Domain” button (a) to add the domain name to the DNS domain list;

Enter the domain name as seen in (b) then, click “Save” (c):

5. Next, click on the newly added domain (d) from the list to open its DNS records section;

Click the pencil icon at ( e ) to make the records editable:

7. you can now add the A record (f) or CNAME record that point to Tumblr, using the following details after clicking the “+” icon:

N.B: Tumblr gives an option of using either the A record or the CNAME. The A record is used for two level domains such as zmyblog.com while the CNAME record is for subdomains such as life.myblog.com.

a. For the A record
Type: A
Name: @
TTL: 3600
Value: (This is Tumblr’s IP address)

b. For the CNAME record
Name: www
TTL: 3600
Value: domains.tumblr.com

Also, ensure that you enter the A record correctly, as shown in the image below;

8. Now that you have saved (g) your Tumblr DNS record, just wait for about 30 minutes to allow propagation of the new settings:

9. After the propagation period, login to your Tumblr account and add the custom domain name, using these steps;

a. Go to “Settings” on your Tumblr dashboard

b. Click the pencil icon to the right of the username section

c. Enable “Use a custom domain”

d. Enter your domain (e.g., zmyblog.com) or subdomain

e. Click “Test your domain” to verify your setup was correct

f. Once successful, click the “Save” button and you are good.

It is also important to note that DNS record propagation can take up to 48 hours in few cases, so you will have to keep checking the setup status with the “Test your domain” button on your Tumblr dashboard within this period. If any issue persists, feel free to contact our support team for assistance.