Sorry if this is a basic question, but I'm a Sharepoint rookie learning as I go.

So, I have built a Publishing site in Sharepoint 2013 Online, and now I want to setup a custom domain for it.

My research on the internet only returns results on how to set a domain to a Public site, not for a Publishing site - is it because you can't do it for Publishing sites, or is it the same approach?

Also, I want to allow anonymous users to be able to browse the site. I've found a couple tutorials on that subjects, but I can't find in my Sharepoint Administration Center the option mentioned in both tutorials - the option I can't find is "Application Management" ->"Web Application Management"

And these are the tutorials I'm following (first is 2013, and 2nd is 2010):



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If your publishing site is intended to be a public site then yes, you can configure a custom domain. However, at the moment you cannot configure custom domains for any private/extranet sites.

  • Thanks for the answer Dave. The site is indeed intended to be a public site - so having a Publishing site that is intended to be public, do I need to configure anything else than configuring the custom domain?
    – Nuno Vidal
    Aug 9, 2013 at 9:28
  • The O365 admin site includes some good guidance on getting the DNS configured for your custom domain - once that is done then you need to tell O365 to use it for SharePoint. Aug 9, 2013 at 11:17
  • Just wanted to complete the details by saying the site is not in premises, but instead we're using Sharepoint 2013 Online - are there any restrictions due to this?
    – Nuno Vidal
    Aug 9, 2013 at 11:17
  • Just for a change I managed to read your initial question so yes, my response applies to SharePoint online :) Aug 9, 2013 at 11:30
  • Dave, I really appreciate your input, thank you. I've been following this step by step guide, unsuccessfully - in step 3 I have to place the URL to the Sharepoint site that is going to have the custom domain - CNAME table. The example they give is name.sharepoint.com but my site is located at name.sharepoint.com/sites/TheSite - which URL must I type in CNAME table then? This may be where things are going wrong...
    – Nuno Vidal
    Aug 9, 2013 at 13:35

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