If you’re looking to create a website for your business or blog, then the first step is to purchase a domain name.

But what happens after you have purchased your domain name?

How do you actually connect it to your website?

Don’t worry, I have got you covered. I’ll show you how I did…

In this article, I’ll provide you with a comprehensive guide on how to connect a domain name, including the necessary steps and important considerations.

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

Connect a Domain Name with Hosting

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, so that you can learn how to connect a domain name to your website.

So, let’s go with steps to connect a domain name to hosting,

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

To connect a domain name to 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.

Name servers are a set of guidelines that inform your domain name where to locate the files for your website.

The name servers for your website host are typically listed in their support documentation or contact their customer support.

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. In my case, I’m using Hostinger Hosting.

#2: Here you can see on my Hostinger Hosting’s Home page, here you will find the Hosting Section. Just click “Manage.”

Note: On other hosting providers like you

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.

Hosting > Plan Details > Nameservers

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:


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 domain to hosting.

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.

Now you have to find DNS Management or Name Server Settings.

Then change Domain Nameservers and point to a Different Provider (GoDaddy, Namecheap and Others)

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.

How to connect godaddy domain to another godaddy hosting?

You can connect godaddy domain with the same process. The difference is only with the User Interface and navigations.

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.

Now let’s see how to find the dns name of a server.

How to set custom Nameservers?

Now, it’s time to update Name Servers to Your Hosting Provider’s Name Servers

#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).

You will need to enter the name servers in the appropriate fields.

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

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

Connecting a domain name to your website with the right steps and considerations in mind, you’ll be well on your way to establishing your online presence.

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.


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.

How long does it take for changes to my Name Servers to take effect?

It typically takes up to 24 to 48 hours for changes to your domain name servers (DNS) to take effect. This is because it can take some time for changes to spread across all of the DNS servers connected to the internet.

Can I change my domain’s name servers at any time?

Yes, you can change your domain’s name servers at anytime.

Can I connect my domain name to multiple website hosts?

No, a domain name can only be connected to one website host at a time.

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