This is the most common issues people come across while managing or building a site. You get your Domains from one service provider and the Web Hosting from another service provider. Why would one do that, you ask? Well, the answer is simple, Good offers from various providers.
Godaddy.com is the most preferred Service provider for purchasing Domain Names. They provide Domain Names as low as ₹ 99/- for an year.
On the other hand one of the best Hosting Service provider out there is Bluehost.com. Bluehost has a great uptime guarantee of 99.98%. No web host can provide 100% uptime, so 99.98% is a strong showing – it translates to roughly one hour and 45 minutes of downtime per year.
Getting back to the original issue at hand – So you got a super cheap Domain Name from Godaddy and a Web Hosting from Bluehost, now what?
What do you do, so that, if anyone types in the domain name that you got, let’s say thinkwebindia.com, remember which is on GoDaddy.com opens the website that is stored on Bluehost servers?
Confusing? I know. But trust me it is super simple once you understand the basics of it.
Domain Names are nothing but pointers to a physical space. So in order to let these pointers work properly, we have to make a route to the correct physical space, i.e., your Web Hosting Server – which is BlueHost in our case.
How to Point a Godaddy Domain to BlueHost Hosting Server?
Get the Domain Name Server names from BlueHost. This is your Web Hosting Service provider where the website is located.
Login to Bluehost using your credentials.
Once Logged into the BlueHost account. In the left bar locate Domains and click on it.
In the My Domains section, you’ll see all the domains that you have tagged with BlueHost. Click on the Manage dropdown and choose DNS to locate the DNS server address for BlueHost.
And here are your Bluehost DNS addresses. Copy these and keep it safe for a later use.
Now let’s move to GoDaddy to update the physical site address location. As of now, if someone types in the domain name that you purchased from GoDaddy will ONLY show a page from Godaddy and not the actual site that resides on Bluehost.
Anyways, once you are logged in to your Godaddy Account, click on the Account name dropdown and click on the Manage Domains option.
On the My Domains page, click on the Manage DNS to reveal the DNS addresses on Godaddy
Here you are. You have the Godaddy Nameserver Addresses. There are DNS address that we need to replace with the Godaddy DNS addresses.
Click on the Button – Change. On the next page, you’ll have the option for updating the new DNS addresses.
Paste the Bluehost DNS addresses here and click save.
Note: The DNS updation could take upto 48-72 hours to take effect. So be patient if everything is done correctly, the Domain Name that was on Godaddy will point to a physical site on Bluehost.
And that’s about it. We have successfully configured Godaddy domain name to point to a website that is stored on Bluehost. Hope this helps!
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