Connecting Your Domain Name to Your Web Hosting Account

In today’s lesson, we focus on how to connect you domain name to you hosting account if you’ve purchased your domain name and your hosting from different companies, Let’s assume your domain name provider is Godaddy, and you want to connect the domain to your HostMeNg hosting account.

Linking your domains

  • Log in to the domain administration panel (the address should be in the email from your domain name provider) and look for a section that talks about “DNS”, “Domain Name Servers ” or “Name Servers”.
    • Note: If you have trouble locating this with your domain name provider, you can Google search where to find it with that particular service, or ask their support.
  • Delete the current name servers in the boxes and replace them with the two name servers provided by your host company. You should have two name servers.

DNS changes

  • Now click “Save” or “Update”, and you’re finished!

It can take anywhere between 20 minutes and 48 hours for these changes to filter their way through the internet (a process known as “propagation”) so you won’t be able to access your website through your domain immediately. You’ll know when it’s finished because you’ll be able to type your domain name into your browser and more than likely encounter a “this page is under construction” sign from your hosting provider.

If you want to start uploading things to your website before it’s propagated you’ll need to use the IP address provided by your hosting company, or you can sit tight and wait.

What are “Name Servers”?

The name servers basically keep a record of the association between your friendly, easy to remember domain name (http://www.greatdomain.com) and the nasty, hard-to-remember IP address which is where your website is *actually* stored (eg. http://74.53.88.17/~hostmeng).

By specifying your name servers in your domain control panel you’re telling the domain to ask your website host about the real location of your website (all in a hidden and automatic manner).

The name servers you enter will generally follow the following format of these examples:

ns1.yourwebhost.com
ns2.yourwebhost.com

Illustration with Pictures

You should have purchased your domain name (I use GoDaddy for the flexibility, support and opportunity to resell my domains through GoDaddy ).

1. Access your domain manager by clicking on “Domain” (see below)

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2. Go to the Domain Manager (Manage My Domains)

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3. Click the Domain you’ll be “pointing” to HostMeNg

Here, you will see the list of all your domains, there is only one domain registered in the picture below, you click on the settings icon to reveal the settings option as shown below

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– Click on Domain Details

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4. Click on Manage Nameservers

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– Select “Custom” to add your hosting nameservers

Your hosting nameservers will be included in the confirmation mail of your billing

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5 Add in HostMeNg’s Nameservers

You simply replace the Nameservers with:

Nameserver 1: NS1.HOSTMENG.COM

Nameserver 2: NS2.HOSTMENG.COM

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6. Confirmation of Changes

Once you click “SAVE”, you should get a confirmation of changes. Realize that it may take from a few minutes to hours for the Internet to recognize your new Nameservers. I usually find that it can take from 5 minutes to a couple of hours.

After the above settings, you will need to login to your cpanel, a websites cpanel always look like this http://yourwebsites/cpanel

Find Domain Manager in Your Cpanel

Once you log into your HostMeNg account, you’ll be in your Control Panel (called “cPanel”). There are a lot of things in here (we’ll get into more about them later), but find the “Domains” section and then click on the “Domain Manager”.

If you are adding a sub domain, click on the “Sub Domain” Option

If you are adding an Add on Domain, click on “Add-On Domain” Option.

Resources mentioned in this post:

  • Buy domain names: GoDaddy
  • Hosting WordPress: HostMeNg

Ready to get started?

So are you ready to get started with your new website? Let me know in the comments if you have any questions and please share this with your friends who are just getting started and need a little assistance!

 

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