Point domain to Format

Official Format dns page:


 DNS Settings:

Record Name Target
CNAME www format.com.

On the Dreamhost Side:

From the panel,  Go to your  Manage Domains Page and make sure the domain is DNS only. If you have hosting on the domain, use the “remove” button under the “web hosting” column:

DNS only Example

Once the domain is dns only, click the dns link under your domain name and add these records:


Custom DNS Options:

Name: subdomain, leave blank for naked/root domain

Type:  type of dns record, such as A record, Cname, TXT

Value: Target

 Format only allows Cname sub-domain Records. 

Settings Needed for this setup:

Name:  www

Type:  CName

Value: format.com

 Then you must set your domain to redirect to the www subdomain of the site. Go back to the Manage Domains Page and use the add button:

DNS only Example


On the next page use the “Redirect” and redirect the domain to the www version of the site where the record is. This will cause all traffic to go to that record.


On the Format Side:

LOG IN to your Format account.

  1. Click Settings
  2. Click Site
  3. Under Domain enter your domain name and then click Save


  • DO NOT foward to your Format.com site- this is the most common issue with domain connections.

Note: This guide has been created to help simplify setting your domain up. The service you are pointing your domain to, DNS can/might has changed. Always check the hosts official page to verify the records.