Linking Google Sites + Cloudflare Domain


I’ve been struggling away trying to link my Google Site with a new Cloudflare domain. Finding it staggeringly difficult for someone who’s not tech-savvy…

I’ve added the custom domain successfully from the Google Sites side.

I’ve done the following under DNS settings:

Searched far and wide to resolve this, but when I enter the url I get ‘SSL Handshake Failed’ (error code 525)

I’ve tried in incognito mode, but this doesn’t resolve the issue.

Any help greatly appreciated!

What is your domain, and did it work over https before adding it to Cloudflare?

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Hi Laudian, thanks for replying!

My domain is lafosterhomerenovations[dot]com

It worked as a Google Sites domain before I bought the .com via Cloudflare.

Can you change your www CNAME record to unproxied?

Right now, Google does not have a certificate for your domain, and with the record proxied, they cannot obtain one either.

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I’ve just changed that, thank you.

Is this looking right?

Google Sites is not offering a certificate for your domain yet.

openssl s_client -showcerts
40377A375B7F0000:error:0A000126:SSL routines:ssl3_read_n:unexpected eof while reading:../ssl/record/rec_layer_s3.c:308:
no peer certificate available
No client certificate CA names sent
SSL handshake has read 0 bytes and written 340 bytes
Verification: OK
New, (NONE), Cipher is (NONE)
Secure Renegotiation IS NOT supported
Compression: NONE
Expansion: NONE
No ALPN negotiated
Early data was not sent
Verify return code: 0 (ok)

You are certain this was successful? If it was, maybe wait a little longer. If it still does not work, try removing the domain and adding it again.

Did you add, or both to Google Sites?

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Thanks Laudian, I appreciate your help.

“Google Sites is not offering a certificate for your domain yet.”

Sorry, I’m not sure what this means. Would you mind briefly explaining?

I just added www[dot]lafosterhomerenovations[dot]com to my Google Site again, and it says it’s worked (there’s no option to do so without the www).

How long would it normally take?

To make HTTPS (secure connections) work, the server needs a certificate. Certificates can only be used for the domains named on the certificate. Google does this automatically after you connected your domain, but the process is apparently taking its time in this case.

I’d just wait and see if the problem is still there in a few hours.


Hi, looks like it’s working now.

Thanks again for your help and have a good day!


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