Point Godaddy Domain to any hosting

How To Point Godaddy Domain to Any Web Hosting using IP or NS

In this comprehensive guide, I’ll walk you through the straightforward process of connecting your GoDaddy domain to any web hosting service. Whether you’re dealing with an IP address or name servers, this step-by-step tutorial is crafted for those who’ve recently acquired a domain, be it from GoDaddy or any other company.

The beauty of this guide is that it extends beyond GoDaddy domains, providing you with the know-how to link any company’s domain to your chosen hosting provider. Follow along, and we’ll guide you smoothly through the necessary steps, making it easy to connect your domain to any hosting service.

What You Need Before Starting:

Before proceeding, ensure you have the following:

  • Access to your GoDaddy domain account
  • Your web hosting service details, including the IP address or name servers

How to Point Your GoDaddy Domain Using an IP Address

Step 1: Access DNS Settings

First off, log into your GoDaddy account and go to the DNS Management page for your domain. Here, you will make the necessary changes to point your domain to your web hosting server. 

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Step 2: Update the A Record

Look for the A record, which helps point your domain to your hosting’s IP address. Click the ‘Edit’ button next to it. If there’s no A record, you’ll need to create one. Set the “Host” to “@” if you want to point the root domain.

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Step 3: Enter Your Hosting IP Address

Now, paste the IP address provided by your hosting service into the ‘Points to’ field.

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Make sure to save changes. Typically, DNS changes take anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours to propagate worldwide, but let’s say five minutes for now.

Step 4: Verify the Changes

After waiting for a bit, say about five minutes, you can check if the IP has updated correctly using various online DNS checkers tools such as DNS Checker or MXToolBox. If it shows your entered IP, congrats, it’s pointing correctly!

DNS Checker

Pointing Your Domain Using Name Servers

If the direct IP method isn’t available or suitable for your needs, using name servers is the way to go.

Step 1: Locate Your Hosting’s Name Servers

Your hosting provider should give you information about their name servers. Note them down; they typically look like ns1.examplehost.com and ns2.examplehost.com.

Step 2: Change GoDaddy Name Servers

Back in your GoDaddy DNS Management page, locate the section for updating name servers. You’ll need to replace the current ones with those provided by your hosting.

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Step 3: Save and Wait for Propagation

After saving the new name servers, some waiting will be involved as the changes take effect. Again, this could be anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours.

Step 4: Verify Your Domain is Pointed Correctly

Use a DNS checker tool to ensure your domain is now pointing to the new name servers.

DNS Checker NS

Additional Steps for Your Website

Once your domain correctly points to the hosting server (via IP or name servers), you can add your domain to your hosting account. Access your hosting control panel, look for the ‘Domain’ section, and use the ‘Add Domain’ feature.

Setting Up Email

Don’t forget to configure your email settings! If you changed your name servers, make sure your MX records (responsible for your domain’s email flow) are set up correctly in your hosting panel.

Troubleshooting Common Issues

No process is without its hiccups. If your website isn’t going live immediately, don’t panic. DNS changes can take some time to proliferate. If problems persist, double-check your settings or contact us for personalized support. Need assistance with pointing your domain to any hosting? Feel free to get a free quote to explore how we can help you seamlessly connect your domain to the hosting of your choice.

Wrapping It Up

That’s all there is to it! Pointing your GoDaddy domain to your web hosting using an IP address or name server is a fundamental step in getting your website up and running. Remember, this process isn’t instant, so a bit of patience is key. If you’ve followed these steps correctly, your site should be live shortly.

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