How to connect your domain name to your hosting account

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While we’re answering the question of how one can build a website, we say that the first step if to decide on a domain name. The second important step is to choose your hosting platform. Of course, you cannot have an up and running website without these two working together. This is why you need to make sure your domain name points at your hosting platform.

First off, if you’re at the beginning of this journey, start by picking a domain name for your business and registering it. This will be your address on the Internet.

 

Afterwards, you should choose your hosting platform, which will be the land you will build your house on. You can have a look at GoDaddy’s popular hosting solutions including Web Hosting, Business Hosting and Managed WordPress to choose one that best fits your needs.

If your domain name and hosting platform are ready, we can start the process of connecting your domain name to your hosting account.

How to connect your domain name to your hosting account

Shortly summarized, the steps you need to take to connect your domain name to your hosting account are as follows:

  1. Login to your GoDaddy account

  2. Go to the management page for the domain name you’d like to connect your hosting account to

  3. Go to the “Manage DNS” page of the selected domain name

  4. Make the necessary adjustments under “Nameservers”

Now, let’s have a look at those steps in detail…

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First, go to ae.godaddy.com and login to your GoDaddy account by clicking the Sign In button on the top-right, under “Registered Users.”

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When you login, you’ll see a page with your GoDaddy products listed in it. If you end up on a different page, you can click the arrow next to your name and then My Products to view your products page. Under Domains, you’ll see a list of domain names you’ve purchased from GoDaddy. Select the domain name you’d like to connect to your hosting account and click Manage.

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As you can see above, this will take you to the page where you can manage that specific domain name. On this page, you can also view information related to your domain name i.e. when it will be automatically renewed. Having mentioned auto renewals, we should make a reminder:

If you don’t renew your domain names before the expiration date, someone else might take them.

If you would like to get more information on auto renewals and why they’re useful, read our article titled, GoDaddy domain name auto renewal: what is it, how does it work…

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When you scroll down on the Domain Settings page, you will see the Manage DNS option.

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When you click Manage DNS, you’ll be directed to the DNS Management page. On this page, scroll down until you see Nameservers.

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Now, this is where the actual process of connecting your domain name to your hosting account starts. Click the Change button next to where it says, “Using default nameservers.”

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To be able to point your domain to your hosting account, you need to choose the Custom option; not Default.

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After selecting the Custom option, you’ll see two lines below that say “Enter your nameserver.” In order to complete the process of connecting your domain name to your hosting account, fill in the nameserver addresses; one will start with NS1 and the other with NS2.

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When you purchase your hosting plan, your hosting provider emails you the nameserver addresses that begin with NS1 and NS2. If you don’t know what you should type in here, check your junk folders or get in touch with your hosting provider. After entering these address into the appropriate boxed, click Save and you’re done.

You’ve successfully connected your domain name to your hosting account!

Don’t panic when right after you hit Save you enter your address and see your website doesn’t load. Please don’t forget that it might take 24 to 48 hours for the information to be deployed on DNS servers.

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