How To Point GoDaddy Domain Name To HostGator

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

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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 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 and


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)

Manage GoDaddy Domains

On the next page, select the domain name for which you want to change the nameservers. And click on ‘Set Nameservers’ from ‘Nameservers’.

Set GoDaddy Nameservers

A box will be popped up. Then you have to select “Custom” as setup type and click on “ADD NAMESERVER”.

custom nameservers

On the next box, enter HostGator nameservers and click on “ADD NAMESERVER”.

Add HostGator Nameservers

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)

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Hope this post helped you to point your Domain name from Godaddy to HostGator. If you face any difficulty, feel free to ask us via comment. Don’t forget to share it on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.

  • Teena Mishra says:

    A great article put up.I recently puchased hosting from hostgator and domain from godaddy and finding out ways to combine both of the.As i have subscribed you so i got to know about the steps without much effort.Between i want to know if we purchase hosting from some other company than the steps will be the same ??
    Thanxx for sharing this article

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Yeah, steps will be similar. And thanks for the subscription. Stay connected!

  • Ngah Benoit says:

    Wow, thanks so much for the post. I just bought a new domain from godaddy and also purchase hosting space in hostgator and was stocked on how to link both. Thanks so much for sharing this post. It was really of help to me.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help!

  • Subbareddy says:

    from morning iam searching to map my domain to godaddy to hostgator i had changed the name servers but i didnt find the one that have to do in hostgator.

    Thank you very much Admin

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Don’t you find the ‘Addon Domain’ options in Hostgator?

  • shamstamimi says:

    i changed the nameservers of my godaddy domain. but my question is that process for new domain? because this article is about adding second new domain. my domain was already there on hostgator now i have changed its me in this regard

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Take help from HostGator live support.

  • Hesham says:

    How can i transfer my hosting files from godaddy to hostgator as i do not have any free transfers from hostgator to transfer it on my behalf. Can you please help me with that?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I would suggest you to take help from HostGator Live chat.

  • vinoth says:

    Apart from Name servers, do I have to change anything in DNS zonefile? It point to a default IP, Do I have to change it?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      No. You needn’t to change anything else.

  • Gordon White says:

    Thanks for the help Istiak,

    I had some issues with changing the Name servers on Godaddy to my Hostgator Name servers. Fortunately I came across your website and I managed to fix the problem. Thanks again.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Glad I could help.

  • Aakash says:

    Great tutorial. But what if I don’t want to use the nameservers given by HostGator. Let’s say I want to use a different DNS server to maintain the domain rather than the typical HostGator cPanel DNS. What should I do in such a case?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      If you want to host your site on HostGator, then you will have to use HostGator nameservers. If you want to use another host, then use that host’s nameservers.

  • Scuba Scobal says:

    Hi I followed your directions as dictated, but Cpanel hostgator responds “You cannot park your main domain.” Any solutions?

  • ravi says:

    i have did all the steps
    like what you did in this post
    i have renamed my host name servers…. but i am getting an error message when i am adding domain name in “addon domain” page…

    this is my first site…please help me

  • Mani says:


    Anyone can help me. I was purchased domain name in godaddy and hosting files are in hostgator subfolders ( ) . How i can map the to godaddy?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      Just add HostGator name servers to your Godaddy account. Name servers are and It will work even if your site is on subfolder. If you need further help, just knock at HostGator Live Support.

  • Jonathan Dradford says:

    But what would you suggest, buying the domain from Godaddy or buying it in Hostgator so that you don’t need to point the hosting?

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      I prefer buying the domain from GoDaddy and hosting it on HostGator.

      • Jonathan Dradford says:

        Thanks for sharing your preference. I have been using Godaddy as my hosting and 1and1 as my domain registrar.

  • Vivek says:

    Hi Istiak ,

    I need some Help. my domain is registered with godaddy and I am hosting my site on Hostgator . now I want to create subdomain . I am not sure whether this can be done directly on hostgator or we need to setup something with godaddy.

    • Istiak Rayhan says:

      You need to set up it from GoDaddy.

  • Amir says:

    Hello Istiak,

    thanks for your useful article. Finally I’ve pointed GoDaddy Domain Name to HostGator, However I would need to install SSL certificate for my website. In this scenario, where will I install the SSL certificate? on Hostgator or GoDaddy?

  • Mary says:

    Hello! the name servers for hostgator are and I contacted them and that’s what they told me