Notion custom domains: how to add them

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Going from a Notion link to a custom domain

Here's the short answer

Yes, you can add a custom domain to your Notion page.
There's a free, imperfect way, with your domain
There's a free way, giving you an "example.simple.ink" domain
🏅 There's a perfect way, with your domain
Click on any option that might be a great fit for you, or scroll to see them all.
But first...

Why add a custom domain to Notion?

What are the benefits, anyway? Why would you do that?
Comparison of Notion links and custom domains

Look more professional

First impressions matter. Having a domain for your website (or the page that you created in Notion) can set you apart. Besides, it tells people you're serious about what you do: whether it's a presentation, CV or just a help center. With a custom domain added to your Notion page, people get a better idea of you.

Have a memorable link

Sending people to you.notion.site/CV-ptt-283847... is simply not something you can tell somebody. Actually... yes... but not really. It's not practical. Instead, a custom domain (MarySmith.com) is something people can remember.

Avoid an ugly URL

Sending people to "Notion.com/About-us-npq-12837019" is... imperfect, let's say. Instead, sending them to "CleanSlate.com" or "cleanslate.simple.ink" is way better

Ability to add analytics, live chat, payments + so much more

With a custom domain, you can integrate a bunch of things: analytics, live chat, even payments. That's simply not possible with Notion pages, at least not without a bunch of headache-inducing workarounds. It's worth knowing, at least, how many people visit your page!
Learn more about how to add integrations

Ultimately, a custom domain is a must-have if, for whatever reason, you want to step it up: 

  • Some people do it for professional and commercial purposes e.g. they run a business, or they are the business. Think: freelancers, artists, personal brands, etc
  • Some people have to present themselves in a professional setting. Think: making a CV/Resume website, so that you can edit your website as your career progresses, and avoid having old information in sent CVs. This way, having your CV/Resume on RalphSmith.com instead of Notion.com/Ralph-Smith-CV-89m237168... might make the difference between you and another candidate
  • Memorability of the website — and the ability to actually communicate it to somebody when talking — is a must
  • Text limits are preventing you from linking the full, long page URL
  • You want to add analytics to see how many people have viewed your personal website, your link in bio website, etc.
  • etc.

However, if none of these apply to you, perhaps it's not worth adding a custom domain! Sometimes there's no need to step it up. Hopefully this will help you make a better, more calculated decision.

The free, imperfect way to add a custom domain

Setting a domain redirect to Notion page

If you own a domain, there is an option to have a 'redirect' from it.

What that means is: when people access you.com, even though you don't have a website on you.com, people get redirected to "you.notion.site/Learn-More-127483729..."

While imperfect, it's free and it could be the best way to go at it, depending on your scenario. Scroll below if this is not desirable to you, as we present different ways as well.

To do that, you will have to go on the website from which you've bought your domain. In the example I'll be presenting today, I'm using domains.google.com, but you might use something else, like Namecheap, GoDaddy, etc. Regardless, they will all have the settings that we're presenting below.

Anyway, back to Google Domains: I'll be selecting my domain, and then look for the sidebar settings section "Website":

Google Domains websites

Once in there, I'll want to click on the section in the right side →  "Forward domain".

You'll see something like the screen below.

Google Domains websites 2

In the only text field ("Website URL"), add in your Notion page link. Click foward (the blue button) and... that's it! 

Now anybody who accesses your domain will be forwarded to the Notion page you've got. That's not a Notion website per se, but it solves a few of the problems that come with not having a custom domain.

However, there are more options available... Scroll below to find out more about adding a custom domain to Notion!

The free way of adding a Notion custom domain: getting a you.simple.ink

Going from a Notion page link to a Simple.ink subdomain

Yep, this is still 100% free!

We offer a Notion website builder feature, but we have an unlimited free plan: meaning you can stick to it forever, with your website running 24/7, securely and safely — and we won't mind.

Our Notion Website Builder is by far the easiest way to create your own website, by turning your Notion page into a website. You can choose from a variety of templates, and then further customize your template.

Once your website is built, you can choose any subdomain, as long as it's available. For instance, in chdaniel.simple.ink, "ChDaniel" is the subdomain. I've already taken that (sorry other ChDaniels!) but maybe you'll find an even cooler one!

Here's how to get started:

  1. Have your Notion page ready. Alternatively, either create a blank Notion page, or duplicate one of our templates from here.
  2. Share the page, to get its' public URL. Don't know how to do that? Click the 'arrow' next to the 'Create website' button, in the navigation bar (upper right side of the screen)
  3. Paste that link into the field that's next to the blue 'Create website' button. And...🥁🥁🥁 — that's it! Your website is live!

As soon as your website is live, our beautifully simple dashboard will allow you to change your subdomain name. This way, you can pick the subdomain we've talked about earlier: something cooler than chdaniel.simple.ink

And that's it! You've got yourself a cool subdomain on Simple.ink.

Alternatively, if you own a domain, we offer custom domains as an option on our premium plan. What that means is: if you've bought a domain (e.g. CreativeAgency.com), you can have your website built over there. Scroll below to see more!

The perfect way to add your own custom domain to Notion

What are the benefits, anyway? Why would you do that?
Going from a Notion link to a custom domain

With Simple.ink's website maker, we offer the option of adding a custom domain on our paid plans.

You'll need to have bought a domain beforehand. Here's a guide on how to buy one.

Our Notion Website Builder is so easy to use, your website will be live in no time (it takes as little as 1 minute to launch your wbesite). You can turn your Notion page into a website by selecting from an array of templates. Choose from dozens of new template styles, or just start with an empty Notion page.

Once you Notion site is created, you can stick to a .simple.ink subdomain (that's 100% free), or you can add a custom domain that you own. Assuming you bought a domain already, here's how it works:

  1. You'll need to have the Notion document that you want to turn into a website ready. If you don't, you can either start with a template of ours from here, or just create a blank Notion page. The last option wouldn't be a problem since your website gets updated every time you Notion page gets updated
  2. You'll need the Notion page's public URL — just copy it.

    Need help with that? We can show you how. Just click the 'arrow' next to the 'Create website' button, found in the nav bar of our website. We have a quick demonstration there of what you need to do
  3. Paste the shared URL into our field ("Paste your link here") in our navigation bar and...🥁🥁🥁 — your website has been created! We can now add a custom domain to your Notion website.

Once your new site goes live, you'll use our simple dashboard: go to "Site customization" in the side bar → Domain.

Adding a custom domain in Simple.ink

In there, you'll have instructions for how to connect the domain that you own. That can take as little as 1 minute as well, so that's no biggie.

And then that's it! Your website will exist, with a custom domain attached to the Notion page you've created. So if you own a domain such as MaryJane.com, your Notion page will be your website, but accessed by people on MaryJane.com!

What's next? Use one of our beautiful templates, or integrate some other tools, such as analytics, payment methods etc!