Per the ghost.io website, there are two ways to set the DNS for your custom domain so that it works with a ghost.io hosted blog.
The first way they suggest is using a CNAME record to point a subdomain to
The above would redirect blog.<yourblogname>.com to <yourblogname>.ghost.io.
But what if you want your root domain to point to your ghost.io hosted blog, you'll have to do the following:
(In DNS, the @ sign represents your root domain.)
The problem is, most DNS providers DON'T allow a CNAME record to point to root (@). Instead, they require the root to point to an IP address.
Cloudflare is one DNS provider that DOES allow a CNAME root.
Now both <yourblogname>.com and www.<yourblogname>.com will work.