Publishing your site to a custom domain

You can easily publish your site to your own custom domain. Give your brand a professional look and get a unique domain name for your site.

Domain name extensions

You can choose from any of these domain extensions: .com, .net, .org, .club, or .biz.

You also have an option to purchase country code top-level domains: .ca,,,, .co, .de,, .it, .eu, .in, .us, .nl, .es, and .dk.

Domain hosting is not included in the price of a hosting package. You have a choice between the basic Yola Bronze hosting package, the feature-rich Yola Silver package, and the SEO-focused Yola Gold package. Domain hosting packages can be purchased on a monthly or annual basis.

Note: When you purchase Bronze, Silver, or Gold plans on an annual basis, you receive a free domain.

Why you need a custom domain

A custom domain is a very worthwhile investment for your site. A custom domain is short and easy to remember and appears more professional. When you buy a domain through Yola, we take care of the domain and  DNS settings for you and once your domain is up and running, you will be able to update your site at any time with a single click!

Published to a subdomain?

If your site is already published to a Yola subdomain, it will automatically redirect to your new website address, for example, This means that you won't lose the value of any links or visitors who only know your old website address, as they will be directed to your new custom domain.

Purchasing a domain for a new unpublished site

You have two ways of quickly purchasing a domain name. Here's the first one: Simply click the Buy a Domain button:


Alternatively, in your Sitebuilder, click Publish in the upper-right corner.

A dialog box will open up with the available publishing options.

From here you have an option to choose and buy the domain of your choice.

Click the Get your domain button and search for your desired domain name in the box provided to confirm its availability.

Find the domain name

On the next screen, choose the name for your custom domain.

For more ideas on how to choose the domain name for your business website, check out this article.

  1. Enter the desired domain name:



If the domain name is not available, you will see a screen that looks like this:



  1. Try  a domain name variation until you see the domain purchasing options:


  1. Once you have chosen your domain name and got the confirmation of its availability for purchase, click Continue.


 On the next screen, choose the following:

  • The length of domain hosting
  • Private registration (more details about the private registration here)
  • Yola Mail mailbox (learn more about Yola Mail)
  1. On the checkout screen, select the payment method you would like to use. either a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express, or Discovery) or PayPal. Enter your billing and credit card information in the form provided.
  2. Click Buy Now to complete the payment process.
  3. After the purchase is complete, a receipt will be sent to your registered email address.

Your site will be up and running on your custom domain shortly after purchase.


Purchasing a domain for a published site

You can upgrade to a custom domain in your My Yola dashboard. Here’s how to do it:

  1. Log in and, under Add a custom domain name, enter the desired domain name.

  2. Enter the domain name in the field that starts with www.

  3. Choose your domain extension. Note that pricing will vary for different domain extensions depending on the extension.

  4. Once you have chosen your domain name and got the confirmation of its availability for purchase, click Continue.

    Tip: In case the domain name you are trying to purchase is not available, Yola will offer you the domain name alternatives.

  5. On the next screen, choose the length of domain registration (1, 2 or 5 years) and whether you require private registration. You can also add a Yola Mail mailbox.

  6. On the checkout screen, select the payment method you would like to use. either a credit card (Visa, Mastercard, American Express or Discovery) or PayPal. Enter your billing and credit card information in the form provided.

  7. Click Buy Now to complete the payment process.
  1. After the purchase is complete, a receipt will be sent to your registered email address.

  2. Your site will be up and running on your custom domain shortly after purchase.

Important notes about your domain name purchase

  1. Your domain name and hosting package can be purchased separately, however, a hosting package subscription is required for the custom domain. If you purchase a custom domain first, you will be prompted to buy a hosting subscription at the same time.
  2. The number of custom domains you can purchase within one hosting package is not limited. You can purchase as many domains as you like.
  3. Buying a domain does not guarantee that your website will come up in Google search right away. You will still need to promote your site and allow up to six weeks for search engine crawlers to index your website.
  4. Any domain name you purchase through Yola remains your property and you can transfer it to another registrar if you'd like.
  5. If your site is already published to a free Yola subdomain, you will be given the option to upgrade to a custom domain.


How much does a Yola domain cost?

Yola offers competitive prices for custom domain name registration. The price difference depends on the kind of domain you want to register and its region of registration. There are no hidden fees, price increases, or advertising. All you need to do is to choose the right domain name and ensure that it’s available.

Note: When you buy a custom domain from Yola you also need a hosting subscription to publish your site. We offer three hosting packages: Yola Bronze, Yola Silver, and Yola Gold, available with monthly or annual billing periods.

Take a look at our Pricing page for more information about this.

Why do I need to buy a domain from Yola?

There are several reasons and benefits to this:

  • When you purchase a Yola Bronze, Yola Silver, or Yola Gold annual package, you receive free hosting for two months. 
  • When you purchase your first annual hosting package, you receive free one-year custom domain registration.
  • When you buy a domain with your package, you also get free domain privacy for one year.

Buy a domain name while choosing from all of the most popular top-level domains (TLDs) and the country code top-level domains. Check domain availability and buy a domain today.

Other helpful articles

Renewing your domain

Choosing a domain name

Pointing your domain to Yola

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Verifying your email before publishing

Adding a publish path for SEO

Making changes to the published site

Purchasing a custom domain if already published to a free subdomain

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