Pointing a Domain to your Server
So once you have your domain name or URL, next you need to point that domain with a domain name server.
Pointing a Domain Name or URL just means telling the domain where on the web to “point to” or the final destination of the connection. You can think of this as going to the post office and telling them of your new home address so that mail is delivered straight to your house and not being left in some random mailbox.
Pointing a domain takes less than a minute and is very easy to to. Just follow the steps:
Find your receipt that you received from your hosting company. In the receipt or “welcome” email, the hosting provider will give you, at minimum, two different “DNS Server” URLs. For example, for my InMotion Hosting account, my DNS servers look like:
So, if you are using GoDaddy as your domain registrar, the first step is to go find the domain that you’ll use to create your new website on. Once you click on that domain, scroll down and you’ll see “Set Nameservers” as a hyperlink, go ahead and click on that and a pop up box will appear.
You’ll see some radio buttons, click on the last one titled “I have specific nameservers for my domains” and you’ll see 4 boxes right below this. Right now the default GoDaddy nameservers are there. Just write over them with your new Hosting company’s details. Then click on the Save button. Then you’ll need to click again when the second box opens (a bit annoying! I have no idea why they do that!).
That’s it, you’re finished! Easy, right? You just “pointed your domain”. Congratulations.
This can take a few minutes to a few hours to propagate throughout their system. So be patient. If it has been more than 4 hours, then there might be a problem. Before you contact your domain registrar, first go back and be absolutely sure you typed in everything correctly. This was always the problem for me, so look first.
And that should be it. I told you, super fast and easy, right? Here’s a video I actually did for a software product of mine called RedirectBacon.com, it’s a link cloaking and redirect software. If you’re still unsure, watch it and everything should be clear after.
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