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How to use your Dreamhost domain on a Hashnode Devblog

So you’re new to Hashnode Devblog. And maybe you too get a little confused about how to activate your Devblog platform (I did). Or you didn’t find the CNAME field your Dreamhost panel. Or both.

Well… your problems are over, my friend! ‘Cause now you’re going to find out how easy it is to use your Dreamhost domain on a Hashnode Devblog and not lose as much time as I did (not that it took me hours, far from it… I could just have googled it earlier).

Step one: your devblog

I found out about Devblog at Twitter. The ad took me to this registration page where I signed up. In order to use my own domain, I just had to access the dashboard to configure it, but the dashboard was nowhere to be found. That’s because the registration was only to Hashnode platform, not to Devblog. I figure this out through this post but, as you can see, this is not explicit on the text, you have to read the comments to realize that you have to request the access to the blog platform. And somehow this is done also at registration page.

After I made the request, it took only a few minutes to complete. And after that, the gear icon ⚙ that leads to the dashboard appeared on the upper right corner 🎉.

Step two: Dreamhost

Managing domains is not something I do regularly, so the first thing I did was hit the “Add Hosting to a Domain / Sub-Domain” link thinking I could configure the CNAME in there, after all I wanted to create a blog subdomain within my domain.

I failed.

All you have to do is click on the DNS link just bellow your domain and add a custom DNS record:

DNS page at Dreamhost

Just put whatever name you want (blog in my case), change the type to CNAME and add the value informed on your dashboard (I assume it’s hashnode.network for everyone). Hit the “Add record now” button and that’s it! 🍻

Step three: Celebrate

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