How to connect a Domain Name to Web Hosting Elsewhere?

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Connect a Domain Name with Hosting

If you want to know how to link a domain name to a website hosted on another server, then you will be able to do so after reading this guide.

I have listed the steps below, which will help you connect a domain to the website for free.

So let’s see how to connect the website to the domain name to any hosting server within a few clicks.


How to point a domain name to a website hosted elsewhere?

In order to connect a domain name with a website hosted on a web server, you need to purchase a domain name.

You can also refer to this detailed guide on how to buy a domain name.

If you have already purchased your domain name, you can follow these steps to connect your domain name to your website.

Step #1: Find the Nameservers of your web hosting provider

First, you have to find DNS nameservers from your web hosting provider, which you will need when you connect to your domain name.

This nameserver information is generally provided on the web hosting provider’s documentation page or in the post-purchase email.

However, If you are still unable to find the information for nameservers, you should contact your web hosting provider.

With most web hosting providers, you can find all DNS-related information in your Hosting->Accounts-> Details.

In this guide, I am showing you an example of hosting from Hostinger and a domain from Namecheap.

I will show you how to point a domain to a hostinger web hosting provider.

How do I find nameservers in Hostinger?

#1: Log in to your host account.

#2: On the “Home” page, you will find the Hosting Section. Just click “Manage.”

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Hostinger Home Page>Select Hosting Plan>Hit Manage

#3: Select “Domain Name” from the upper left option.

#4: Select the “Accounts >Details” option on the left-hand side and you will see the important information related to your hosting, including the DNS nameservers.

#5: Copy the DNS nameservers highlighted in the picture and save them in the text file.

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Hostinger Account Details > Copy DNS Name Servers

It is common for web hosts to provide two or more nameservers.

You’ll need to enter all these addresses into your domain registrar’s control panel.

The Nameservers look similar to this:

ns1.dns-parking.com
ns2.dns-parking.com

Note: Copy the nameservers of your hosting carefully as your domain will redirect to hosting only when they are pointed or connected correctly.

So check twice.

Now, in further steps, we will cover how to link a domain name to a website.

Step #2: Visit your domain name registrar and select the domain to point to

The next step in connecting the domain name to the web hosting is to replace the domain’s old nameservers.

Here are the steps to do so:

#1: Log in to your NameCheap account (Domain Name Provider’s Account), where you bought your domain.

#2: Go to “Account Section” on the right-hand side and then go to “Domain List”.

In Domain List, click on “Manage” right next to the domain name to which you want to connect.

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Namecheap > Account > Domain List > Manage Domain

Note: Every domain name registrar has a different way of finding the domain name management settings. However, in general, you can find this setting option on the menu > Domain Management or Domain Overview.

Now we will use the custom nameservers for your domain.

How to set custom Nameservers?

#1. Once you enter the domain “Manage” page, you will find the Nameserver Setting option.

#2. There, choose the “Custom Nameservers,” option and put the nameservers you copied into the text file from the Web Hosting Provider, and click Save(Tick icon on the right side).

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Manage Domain > Nameservers > Choose custom Nameservers and Enter values.

You will need to enter the nameservers in the appropriate fields.

It should be written as Nameserver 1 for a nameserver that begins with NS1, and as Nameserver 2 for a nameserver that begins with NS2, etc. 

You should only enter the first two fields of your registrar if your hosting provider only provides you with two nameservers.

After setting up the nameservers, you must wait for the changes to take effect.

It typically takes a few hours, but it can also take up to two days. 

Depending on your domain host, your domain might be redirected immediately, but it may take up to 72 hours.

After 3 days, if your domain hasn’t been redirected to your website, contact your domain host.


Now, you have successfully mapped a domain name to your hosting server.

You can also tweet about this achievement on Twitter.

But, is your domain name secure?

Well, you need not worry about that because I have a solution as a detailed guide on how to protect your domain name.

You can follow and apply the essential steps in the guide, which I personally follow and make a defense against the attackers.


Wrapping Up

So, these were the simple steps, even if you are a beginner, you can do it very easily.

Did I miss any steps while connecting a domain name to a web host?

Please let me know in the comment section below.


FAQs

Can I host two domains on one server?

Yes, definitely. You can host as many websites as your particular hosting package allows with the appropriate kind of hosting account. Before starting to host more than one domain, make sure to check with your hosting company.

Can two domains point to the same IP?

Two domain names can’t be registered with the same server IP address, and two different SSL certificates can’t be issued.

What does “connecting your domain” mean?

Pointing to a domain simply means connecting your domain name to a web host server where your site files are stored. By pointing a domain to an external provider, you can control your domain name and emails.

Can you connect or point a domain name for free?

Yes. There is no need to pay to connect the domain name.

How to link two domains together?

You can direct traffic to your site from a variety of domain names by pointing two URLs to the same site. The two ways to accomplish this are either to redirect one of the URLs or to create an alias. A domain alias would point to your primary domain.

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