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How to Connect a Domain Name and Hosting Account

By hostingblog | hostingblog | 17 Mar 2022


If you've recently switched web hosting providers, your domain name can still be registered with the prior registrar. It can lead to a huge problem in directing traffic to your site. Why does it happen? Let's remember the basics.

A domain name is the website's address on the internet, while a web hosting is the vehicle that powers the site, stores its data, and allows people to access it. To create a website, you need both. Because of this, several of the world's most popular domain registrars also provide hosting services.

If you don't hold a domain name, your website is invisible to people on the net. Without web hosting, it's impossible to develop the site itself. Now, we're going to explain how to connect a domain to a new hosting provider using some of the simplest methods.

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3 Procedures to Follow

We will go over a few possible scenarios below since there are so many domain registrars and host suppliers. 

Scenario 1: The first scenario involves connecting domain to hosting. For the sake of convenience, we are assuming you've registered the domain name with Namecheap. For other registrars and hosting providers, the process is nearly similar. It means that you can take the same steps, even if you're with a different web hosting provider. But first, open the Namecheap site and then log in to your profile if you have already signed up. Then:

  • Pick the Domain list from the options displayed on the left
  • Tap the "Manage icon" on the far right
  • Tap the "Custom DNS" icon from the BasicDNS drop-down option to modify your info 
  • Type in the name servers that your host supplier gave you within the two fields that appear
  • Another alternative is to click the "Advanced DNS " option at the top if you got instructions from your host to change your domain's A-Record 
  • Add a new record by clicking the red "Add New Record" icon and selecting "A-Record" from the pop-up menu that appears
  • Type the IP address provided by your host supplier
  • Finally, click the color green checkbox to store your edits when you are done 

After the above details are updated, it could take up to 48 hours for your name to be updated globally.

Scenario 2: If you own a domain created with GoDaddy and own a plan with Namecheap web hosting, the next step is to tie your site name to your profile.

  • Enter your Namecheap account
  • Tap the DNS option that appears on your profile page
  • Scroll down and reach the Name servers section. Click the Change button
  • A new page will pop up. Choose the "Enter my own name servers " option
  • dns1.namecheaphosting.com and dns2.namecheaphosting.com are the relevant names that must be typed in
  • Once you finish entering the above data, tap the "Save" button

After the modifications are stored, your site will be directed to the supplier. On average, DNS (Domain Name System) transmissions take around 24 to 48 hours. In some cases, it can take a bit more time. 

Scenario 3: If both your name and host plan are with Namecheap, follow these steps:

  • Go to Namecheap and log onto your account
  • Tap on "Manage" in the sidebar displayed on the left to open the list
  • Namecheap Web Hosting DNS could be seen in the Name servers section. In order to store your edits, hit the checkmark

The name must be linked to your own personal or reseller's name servers.

After the change of the name servers, your website could be unavailable for a short period of time. Transmission takes one day in most cases (in a few situations, the caching period differs between ISPs). Due to its automated setting, this procedure may not be changed or hastened.

How to Verify the Domain Name Is Linked to the Host Supplier?

It takes some time for the DNS records to transfer properly after the domain name is linked with the hosting provider. There is a simple-to-use internet tool that can tell you if your name and web platform are interconnected: whatsmydns.net. If verification is needed, follow the steps below:

  • Type your domain name in the whatsmydns.net search toolbar
  • Pick "NS" from the selection list (the second tab)
  • Tap on the "Search" icon

The relevant records will appear alongside the country name to prove the integration of your website name and hosting account. If the records haven't been transmitted yet, the field next to the country name will be blank or show outdated records, so you might have to wait. 

Conclusion

After reading this article, we're certain that you now understand the basics of how to link a site name with your host account. The integration is simple if you follow the instructions above.

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