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Linking Your Domain with Your Hosting

2008-09-11 10:53:05

If you've purchased your domain name and your hosting from different companies, you need to perform a simple operation to essentially link the two together. In this lesson we'll take a look at how to Link your domain with your hosting.

Update your Hosting Account

Depending on who you're using for your hosting, you might be prompted to enter your domain name when you first sign up for hosting (HostGator) or you might be allowed to purchase hosting without having a domain name first. If you didn't tell your hosting provider your domain name when you signed up, you will need to log in to your hosting control panel (or similar) and "add" that domain.

If your hosting is already aware of your domain name, this will usually appear in the welcome email they send you, and you can skip this step.

Updating your domains

  • Log in to the domain administration panel (the address should be in the email from your domain name provider) and look for a section that talks about "DNS", "Domain Name Servers " or "Name Servers".
    • Note: If you have trouble locating this with your domain name provider, you can Google search where to find it with that particular service, or ask their support.
  • Delete the current name servers in the boxes and replace them with the two name servers provided by your host company. You should have two name servers.

DNS changes

  • Now click "Save" or "Update", and you're finished!

It can take anywhere between 20 minutes and 48 hours for these changes to filter their way through the internet (a process known as "propagation") so you won't be able to access your website through your domain immediately. You'll know when it's finished because you'll be able to type your domain name into your browser and more than likely encounter a "this page is under construction" sign from your hosting provider.

If you want to start uploading things to your website before it's propagated you'll need to use the IP address provided by your hosting company, or you can sit tight and wait.

Extra: What are "Name Servers"?

The name servers basically keep a record of the association between your friendly, easy to remember domain name (http://www.greatdomain.com) and the nasty, hard-to-remember IP address which is where your website is *actually* stored (eg.

By specifying your name servers in your domain control panel you're telling the domain to ask your website host about the real location of your website (all in a hidden and automatic manner).

The name servers you enter will generally follow the following format of these examples:


Of course, your real name servers will be in the information from your hosting company - most likely in your welcome email when you signed up, or possibly in their help system.

Additional Resources

HostGator also provide some nice instructional videos for changing your name servers at http://www.hostgator.com/dns.shtml. They have specific videos for a number of different registrars, and it doesn't matter if you're not using HostGator for your hosting -- the process is still the same.

Lesson Summary

Linking your domain from one place to your hosting in another place is a fairly simple process, and usually there are support tutorials available from both your domain and hosting providers. In short, all you need to do is:

  • Locate your nameserver information
  • Login to your domain control panel
  • Update the nameservers to your host's actual nameservers
  • Save!
  • Wait until the 'propogation' has completed


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Questions & Comments + Add a comment

Reply Fiona Wilson
Would it be easier to have the hosting and the domain name with the same company rather than farting about with name servers?
Melissa Johnson
Hi, Fiona!

That really depends on your level of comfort with technology and whether there are any justifiable cost savings in buying your domain from one source and hosting from another.

If you have any questions you can always contact our support team! https://www.affilorama.com/support
Reply Aleksandrs
This is for advanced

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