So you have bought a domain name from Namecheap and now want to host it on HostGator.
Congrats! You’ve taken the right decision. Namecheap and HostGator are two most popular companies in web hosting industry.
Namecheap is very popular for its cheap domain names, and HostGator is famous for its affordable web hosting services.
In this post, I’ll show you how to point Namecheap Domain to HostGator to create your website or blog.
Step #1: Sign Up For HostGator Web Hosting
If you have already bought the HostGator hosting, you can skip this step.
This deal is only for HostGator Shared Hosting. Shared Hosting is the most affordable web hosting service. HostGator has 3 shared hosting plans – Hatchling, Baby, & Business. Baby plan is my personal favorite as it lets you host unlimited sites.
Once you’ve signed up for HostGator, move to the next step.
Step #2: Find HostGator Nameservers
Now you need to grab the nameservers from HostGator.
Login to your HostGator cPanel. You can find your cPanel login by visiting http://yourdomain.com/cpanel. If it doesn’t work, check welcome email sent by HostGator. You will see the login details there.
After logging to the cPanel, check the “General Information” section on the right-hand side.
You will find primary nameserver and secondary nameserver there.
Keep this tab opened and move to the next step.
Step #3: Change Namecheap Nameservers [DNS]
Now you need to change the Namecheap nameservers to connect your domain with HostGator.
Login to Namecheap and go to “Domain List”. The click on “Manage” button.
Scroll down to “Nameservers” section and select “Custom DNS”.
Then enter the primary and secondary nameservers of HostGator and click on the tick mark (green color) to save your settings.
Your Namecheap domain name servers are now pointed to HostGator hosting. However, DNS update might take few hours.
Step #4: Add Namecheap Domain to HostGator
Now you need to add the domain name to HostGator.
Login to your HostGator cPanel again and click on “Addon Domains” from “POPULAR LINKS” section.
On the next page, enter your domain name on “New Domain Name” field and other fields will be filled automatically. Then just click on “Add Domain”.
You will get a success notification.
Step #5: Install A Platform
Now you need to install a platform to create your website.
We use and recommend WordPress. It’s the best CMS as well as the best blogging platform. It’s very easy to use.
Now the great news is, HostGator offers 1-Click WordPress Installation.
Just go to HostGator cPanel and click on “Build a New WordPress Site” from Popular Links section.
On the next page, select the domain name on which you want to install WordPress and click on “Next” button.
Then enter your Blog Title, Username, Name & Email and click on “Install” button.
That’s it. You are done.
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