Adding DNS records
Once you have a domain registered with a domain registrar, add the following DNS record on in your DNS editor:
If you want the blog on a subdomain (eg: https://blog.your-domain.com), substitute the @ for blog.
If you want a www subdomain as well, set up a redirect (URL forwarder) from www to @ in your domain settings.
If you're having an issue setting a root CNAME record go here.
If you're having a conflict between your CNAME and a TXT record go here
Validating your custom domain
Go to your domain in your browser. It should show
404 ʕノ•ᴥ•ʔノ ︵ ┻━┻.
If this page is not showing, then there is an issue with your DNS record setup, revert to step 1.
Note that DNS records can sometimes take a few minutes to propagate. You can check your DNS record propagation with DNS Checker
Adding your custom domain to Bear
Back in the Bear dashboard, add the domain (including the subdomain) to the
custom_domain field in the header.
If you receive an SSL error on your first load, reload the page. It is likely that your SSL certificate is being issued.
If you are having serious problems setting up your DNS records, you can email me with a screenshot of your records and a description of the problem.
Problems setting a root CNAME
If you're having an issue setting a @ CNAME record (some DNS providers have this issue) you can instead set a www subdomain then forward your root requests to it.
For setting up a www subdomain (eg: https://www.your-domain.com), use the following DNS record instead:
Then in your domain manager set up a page rule that forwards @ (your root domain) to www (your subdomain) to redirect all traffic from https://your-domain.com to https://www.your-domain.com.
CNAME and TXT conflict
If your DNS provider has issues with setting both a CNAME and a TXT record at the same location, try instead setting an A or ALIAS record rather than a CNAME record.
Bear uses CNAME records so that the IP address remains dynamic to allow for the proxy server to change if necessary. It works with both IPv6 and IPv4 under the hood.