Configuring DNS for a Namecheap Domain

If the domain added to BL.INK is managed through Namecheap, follow the steps below to configure DNS to use BL.INK.


In order to use BL.INK, DNS must be configured to point the domain to BL.INK so that we are able to route the traffic to the links to the correct destination. There are two options for configuring DNS depending on the type of domain being used for short links.


Caution: If the domain is currently being used for a website, please consider adding a subdomain and using Option 2 so that the DNS changes do not bring down the website with connecting the domain with BL.INK.

Many users opt to set up a different domain for use with BL.INK and point it back to the existing website using our Home page setting.


Option 1: For use with a primary or root domain

If the domain added to BL.INK is the root of the domain (ex. yourdomain.com), the A record must be pointed to BL.INK. This essentially tells the domain where to point.


Here’s a guide from Namecheap walking through the steps to update the A record.  


Required fields:

Host: @

Value: 18.208.85.101


Note: For the Enterprise IP address, please contact the account's Client Success Manager.


Please allow 24-48 hours for DNS to propagate.


Option 2: For use with a subdomain

If the domain added to BL.INK is a subdomain of the primary domain (ex. links.yourdomain.com), a new CNAME Record needs to be added to the DNS configuration. This is another type of DNS entry that routes the traffic to the specific subdomain. 


The benefit of setting up a CNAME is that users will not have to worry about future DNS changes in the event we have to migrate the domain.


Here’s a guide from Namecheap walking through the steps to add a new CNAME record.


Required fields:

Host: {Whichever keyword precedes the domain in your subdomain}

Value: bl2.blink.domains


Example: For the subdomain links.yourdomain.com, the Host would be links


Note: For the Enterprise DNS configurations, please contact the account's Client Success Manager.


Please allow 24-48 hours for DNS to propagate.


If you have more questions on DNS for domains registered with Namecheap, please reach out to us at help@blink.


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