Azure Static Web Apps are a great way to get started with an application. For most static web apps, the cost is FREE so it’s quite appealing. In fact, adding a custom domain and SSL to your static web app is available in the free tier. Learn more about Creating Your First Azure Static Web App by clicking here.

Azure Static Web App Hosting Plan Features

To add a custom domain, head into your Static Web App and choose the Custom domains menu option. When the Custom domains pane opens, first, copy the name of the auto-generated domain:

Copy the Azure Static Web App Auto Generated Name

Mapping Custom Domains

Click the Add button in the pane to add a custom domain. Put in your custom domain name and click next. Before continuing in the wizard, I usually add in my CNAME value into DNS with the copied value from the auto-generated domain. This will allow my application to begin working as soon as the domain has been verified. If you do not plan on using a subdomain, such as www, you can simply continue in the wizard (see below). If you are using a subdomain, update your DNS by adding a CNAME record set with a name of your choosing and paste the value of the auto-generated domain in the value field. Once you are done and the record set is saved, you can continue in the wizard to the next step: the Validate + Configure step.

Validate + Configure step

Click to Generate code if choosing to validate using the TXT method. I tend to use TXT if I’m using the root domain and the CNAME method if using a subdomain, such as www. If I am using a subdomain, my custom domain should be validated rather quickly.

Most DNS services, such as GoDaddy, do not offer A-Alias records in their custom DNS. By using `@` as the name and a non-IP as the value, you are effectively creating an A-Alias. If you cannot do this within your DNS and want to use a root domain, I recommend using Azure's DNS services instead.

Using Azure DNS

I prefer using Azure DNS for a few reasons. First, if I need to make changes to Azure resources, I have near instantaneous DNS replication between name servers. Second, there are features Azure has added to their DNS that are not available in other DNS. We’ll see that in the second step below. For example, when adding the root domain and pointing to our static web app, we can choose the A type and state that it is an Alias record set. This allows us to specify a subscription and an Azure resource.

Adding the root domain using Azure DNS and Alias A records

This will create the necessary mapping of your domain back to the Azure static web app.

Static Web App SSL

Any custom domain for static web apps automatically is provided with an SSL certificate. So, there are no other changes needed for your application.