Ultimately, a custom domain is a must-have if, for whatever reason, you want to step it up:
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.
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":
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.
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!
Yep, this is still 100% free!
(It also works with Notion's free plan)
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:
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!
With Simple.ink's website maker, we offer the option of adding a custom domain on our paid plans.
You must have bought a domain first. 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 website). You can turn your Notion page into a website by selecting from an array of templates. We'll even host the website for you! Choose from dozens of new template styles, or just start with an empty Notion page.
Once your 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:
Once your new site goes live, you'll use our simple dashboard: go to "Site customization" in the side bar → Domain.
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!
Lastly, let's answer one of the most popular questions:
A Notion domain is the automatically-generated URL that Notion makes when you create a new page. You can customise that link once you've started your free Simple.ink website, and once you've connected your preferred domain from a registrar.