GoDaddy is the world's largest domain name registrar. If you have purchased your domain name from GoDaddy, you've taken the right decision. But when it comes to hosting the domain name, GoDaddy is not the best solution.
It's better to go with a company which is famous for web hosting. HostGator is one of the most popular web hosting providers. It has already hosted 9,000,000 domains on its server.
Buying a domain name from GoDaddy and hosting it on HostGator is the best combination. In this post, I will show you how to point GoDaddy domain name to HostGator web hosting.
It's extremely easy. Just follow the simple steps.
1. Sign Up for HostGator
If you've already signed up for HostGator, you can skip this step.
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It's up to you which discount offer you want to avail. But my recommendation would be going with 60% discount for a longer period.
Once you've bought a HostGator web hosting plan, let's move the next step.
2. Get HostGator Nameservers
Nameservers are the things that will point your domain name to the actual location of you website. As you are not going to host your site on GoDaddy, you need to point your nameservers to Hostgator server.
You can get your HostGator nameservers on your welcome email from HostGator. Or you can get it from cPanel.
Most of the time your cPanel Login link will be http://yourdomain.com/cpanel. Once you’ve logged in to HostGator Control Panel, you’ll find the nameservers in the right-hand sidebar under ‘General Information’.
Your Name Server will be something like ns1.hostgator.com and ns2.hostgator.com.
Keep this tab open so you can copy and paste the nameservers later.
If you are using HostGator WordPress Cloud Hosting, you will find the nameservers under “Packages” tab.
3. Enter Nameservers on GoDaddy Domain Setting
Now login to your GoDaddy Account. Once logged in, click on “Manage” from DOMAINS. (Follow Screenshot)
On the next page, select the domain name for which you want to change the nameservers. And click on ‘Set Nameservers’ from ‘Nameservers’.
A box will be popped up. Then you have to select “Custom” as setup type and click on “ADD NAMESERVER”.
On the next box, enter HostGator nameservers and click on “ADD NAMESERVER”.
Click on OK and your nameservers will be pointed to HostGator.
It will take some time for the nameservers to propagate.
4. Add GoDaddy Domain Name to HostGator
If you entered the domain name while signing up for HostGator, you don’t need to add the domain to HostGator. It has already been added.
If not, read on.
Now go back to your HostGator cPanel. Click on ‘Addon Domains’ under Domains.
On the next page, you’ll have to enter following information.
- New Domain Name – Enter the domain that you want to add to your host.
- Subdomain/FTP Username – This will be created automatically once you’ve entered the domain name.
- Document Root – This will be created automatically.
- Password – Enter the password and take note of this.
And click on ‘Add Domains.
On the next page, you’ll get the message that your domain has been added.
That’s it. You are done. It may take some time to implement the changes. (Not more than 24 hours)
If you are going to start a WordPress Blog, then here are some key posts for you.
- How to Install WordPress on HostGator
- Essential Settings to Configure After Installing WordPress
- How to Install New WordPress Theme
- How to Install WordPress Plugin
- How to Create New Blog Post in WordPress
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