How To Point GoDaddy Domain Name To HostGator

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Istiak Rayhan
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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 which has been in the hosting industry since 2002.

Yes, you can buy a domain name from GoDaddy and host it on HostGator. Here I’ll show you how to connect GoDaddy domain to HostGator hosting in just 3 steps.

Step 1: Find The HostGator Nameservers

Nameservers are the things that will point your domain name to the actual location of your website. As you are going to host your site on HostGator, you need to point your nameservers to the HostGator server.

I assume that you’ve already bought HostGator hosting. And if you haven’t, no worries.

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Now login to HostGator Portal. Once you’re logged in, click on ‘Launch cPanel’ button.

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It will redirect you to the HostGator Control Panel page. Just scroll a bit and you’ll get the nameservers in the right-hand side.

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Just keep this tab opened and move to the next step.

Step 2: Enter HostGator Nameservers On GoDaddy

Now login to your GoDaddy account. After logging to your account, you’ll be automatically redirected to the ‘Products’ page. 

If you are not redirected, just click on your name from the higher right side corner and click on ‘My Products’. 

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Then scroll a bit. And you’ll find the ‘Domains’ section under ‘All Products & Services’. Simply click on the ‘Manage’ button beside the domain name that you want to connect with HostGator. 

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It will redirect you to the ‘Domain Manager’ page. Just scroll a bit and you’ll find “Managed DNS” under ‘Additional Settings’. 

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Then you’ll be redirected to ‘DNS Management’ page. Just scroll a bit and you’ll find the ‘Nameservers’ section. 

Simply click on ‘Change’.

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Then click on “Enter my own nameservers (advanced)”.

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Then enter HostGator nameservers there and click on ‘Save’.

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That’s it. Your GoDaddy domain is connected with HostGator hosting. Now it’s time add the domain name to HostGator.

Step 3: Add Domain Name To HostGator

If you’ve entered the domain name while signing up for HostGator, you don’t need to add the domain name again. It has already been added.

If not, read on.

Now go back to your HostGator cPanel and click on ‘Addon Domains’ under Domains.

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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. (Without HTTP)
  • Subdomain – This will be created automatically once you’ve entered the domain name.
  • Document Root – This will also be created automatically.

Simply click on ‘Add Domain’.

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On the next page, you’ll get the message that your domain has been added.

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That’s it. You are done. It may take some time to implement the changes. (Not more than 24 hours)

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Conclusion

I 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.

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  1. Hey ISTIAK,
    Actually i want to get my domain hosted and since last 2 days i have been searching for the Cheap Linux Hosting provider other than redserverhost.com so can you suggest me some better options to get it?

  2. Thanks for this article. Today I just bought hosting from hostgator but domain I already bought from godaddy. But I have a doubt my website is on news and in future I want to change my hosting provider can I do..? plz reaply

    1. As your site is still new, you won’t face any problem at HostGator. Once your site starts getting more traffic, you can upgrade your plan or you switch to other hosts that offer free migration. Hope it helps.

  3. Hello! the name servers for hostgator are ns6263.hostgator.com and ns6264hostgator.com I contacted them and that’s what they told me

  4. 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?

  5. 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.

  6. Jonathan Dradford

    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?

    1. Just add HostGator name servers to your Godaddy account. Name servers are ns1.hostgator.com and ns2.hostgator.com. It will work even if your site is on subfolder. If you need further help, just knock at HostGator Live Support.

  7. 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

    1. i believe Ravi’s main webpage is already the domain. I believe they should have stopped at the 4th part.

      The part wher eyou said read-on. They’re getting the error message addon0 addons avail…or something like that.

      I’m sure their site has gone live, once it propagated

      This site was very helpful. ‘Nameservers’ was crucial.

      thanks!

      ~jamie

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

  9. 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?

    1. Istiak Rayhan

      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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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?

  12. 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 nameservers.help me in this regard

  13. 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

  14. 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.

  15. 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

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