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How to point your domain to your web host: a step by step guide

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Congratulations! You've just gotten your own domain name, and you need to point it to your web host. This is easier than it sounds. Here we're showing an easy illustrated step by step guide for how to do that.

1. Find out the nameservers for your web host

If you already have a hosting plan

If you have already signed up for a hosting plan, then the nameserver information will already have arrived in your welcome email shortly after signup. Somewhere in there (there's a lot of stuff in the welcome email!) it'll say something along the lines of:

nameservers: ns1.yourhost.com, ns2.yourhost.com, ..

It's usual for them to list anywhere from 2 to 4 nameservers. The nameservers will have different names depending on how your host names them. There is no guarantee they will start with ns1, ns2, etc. The point is, this information will be in the welcome email.

If for any reason you can't find it in the email, or can't locate your welcome email, just contact your host (support ticket, email, whatever) and ask what your nameservers are. They'll tell you! This is important information every customer needs.

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2. Log into your domain name registrar

Pointing your domain name requires you to change the nameserver records at your domain name registrar (it's OK, we'll show you every step). This would be at the place where you bought your domain name. For example, NameSilo, NameCheap, GoDaddy, or wherever else you got your domain name.

Click on "domain manager" - it's at top right at NameSilo after you log in. GoDaddy, NameCheap, and other registrars have similar names for this (although the link may be located in a different place). Look for domain manager or "manage my domains" etc. It will be easy to find because it's one of the most common actions that most of their customers will want to use.

Now you will have a list of your domain(s). Whether you have 1 domain, 5, or 100 domains, the process is the same. Simply click on the domain of interest. Then there will be a place somewhere on the page that says "change nameservers" or "update nameservers". This is what you want to click on.

3. Change your nameservers

This is the important part. Below is what the "change nameserver" page looks like in NameSilo. At other registrars, you'll see a similar section with a set of text boxes for the nameserver information. You'll notice that there are already some nameservers shown there. That's OK; that'll be your domain name registrar's default nameservers. In the case below, you can see that NameSilo's defaults are ns1.dnsowl.com, ns2.dnsowl.com, and ns3.dnsowl.com.

Below: The page for changing nameservers at NameSilo.

How to point your domain to your web host - change nameserver page

What you want to do is replace these defaults shown in the pic above with your own nameservers that you received in step 1.

Next is an illustration when doing this with one of my own domains that I'm pointing to the nameservers at A2 Hosting, where I have an account.

Below: Changing the nameservers for a domain at NameSilo to point to A2 Hosting:

How to point your domain to your web host - changing the nameservers

Remember to replace them with whatever your nameservers are (using the info you got from step 1). Even if you too have an account at A2 Hosting, there's no guarantee that your nameservers will be the same as mine, so don't just copy what I've put.

Don't worry if your web host only gives you 2 nameservers and not 4 like I have. If you only have 2, just fill in the boxes for NameServer 1 and Nameserver 2, and delete anything that may be in other nameserver boxes.

There will be a save button or confirm button that you'll need to click to ensure these changes get saved.

4. Wait for the changes to propagate through the internet

It can take anywhere from 2 to 48 hours for these updated nameservers to propagate through the internet. Even though your registrar will make those changes faster than that, it could take awhile even after those changes are made until you actually see it when you type in your domain name on your browser.

So get a cup of coffee or do something else.

Congratulations! You just finished pointing your domain name to your web host. After waiting for those changes propagate, you'll be able to set up your website. If you're not sure how to do that, we describe it in the last section of our beginner's tutorial page.


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