After buying a good domain name from a domain registrar, your second move involve steps on how to connect your domain name to your web host so that the domain name points to your web/html files, making your website complete.
Two Steps on Configuring a Domain Name
There are basically two major steps to perform so that you could connect a domain name to the files on your web host.
- Configure the DNS Server settings on your domain registrar.
e.g. NameCheap, GoDaddy, 1&1, Name, Tucows, Internetbs.
- Configure the Domain Settings on your web host.
e.g. Blogger, NameCheap, 000webhost, Bluehost, Hostgator.
Configure the Name Server on The Domain Registrar
- Go to where you bought your domain name and find the DNS Server settings.
- There are usually two name servers to enter.
- Enter the name server of the web host you are using.
Name Servers: These are just examples and may be different from what you really must use. To find out what to use, go to your web host.
HostGator Hosting : ns1.hostgator.com, ns2.hostgator.com NameCheap Hosting : dns1.namecheaphosting.com, dns2.namecheaphosting.com GoDaddy Hosting : ns01.domaincontrol.com, ns02.domaincontrol.com
If you bought your domain on NameCheap, it may look something like this:
Configure the Domain Settings on your web host
Now that the DNS settings are configured, we go to the second step to connect a domain. Go to your web host and configure the domain name. This part is relatively simple. We just inform the web host what name we will be using for our website.
- Log-in to the cPanel of your web hosting account.
- Go to domains or Addon Domains.
- Enter the Domain name that you bought.
- Specify the Location of your documents.
- Enter a password, click create and you’re done.
Your website may not work right away. It usually takes an 1 hour up to 48 hours for the DNS to propagate. This time is spent for changing the Domains address to every DNS Server around the world.