4.5 Linking Your Domain Name and Hosting Account

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Helpful links from this video: https://stoppingscams.com/how-to-build-a-blog-from-scratch-a-comprehensive-guide/#connect-your-domain

In this video I discuss:

  • An explanation as to why this is necessary (and why it’s not for some viewers)
  • How to update nameservers for domains purchased separately from your hosting company

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4.5 Transcript Below


By the time you’re starting this video, you should have… as I mentioned at the end of Lesson 4.5… you should have your hosting secured and you should have your domain name registered. So if all of that’s set up, we’re ready to keep going.

So this I think is something that people are intimidated by because it can be easy to get lost but I’m going to show you step-by-step with screenshots how to do this here.

So basically, what we’re doing in this process is we’re tying your two islands together. You know, it’s kind of… again, an oversimplification… but you’ve got your domain name on one island, you’ve got your hosting on another island – we need to tie those two things together so that your browser can serve up the files to you from someone’s website when you go to their domain name. Because if they’re on two totally separate islands, nothing good’s going to happen.

So I do want to say again: skip this video if you just purchased your domain name through Bluehost. No worries. But for everyone else (I think the vast majority of people will have probably opted for NameCheap or GoDaddy) this will be really quick and painless. I promise.

So this is done – like I said – by updating our nameservers. It’s similar for all domain registrars that… you know, it’s kind of you have to click in different places to get to the settings but every domain registrar has a place where you can update nameservers. And it’s pretty easy to Google. Say, for example, for whatever reason you had hosting on HostGator and your domain was with GoDaddy. You could search ‘update GoDaddy nameservers to HostGator account’ and you’d find articles probably from HostGator and from GoDaddy directly that would walk you through that step-by-step.

The important thing is that you need to know your nameservers. It’s really simple for Bluehost because everyone has the same nameservers. But if you sign up with a company like HostGator, depending on… you know… what server you’re on in what region, you’re going to have different nameservers. So your nameservers may be ns288.hostgator.com and ns289.hostgator.com or they could be ns.1181 and ns.1182 or… yeah… ns1182.hostgator.com.

But anyways, that would be included. Your nameservers for most hosting companies (for most humping companies, my God!) for most hosting companies are going to be listed in that initial registration email that you received from your hosting company. But again, if not, it’s very easy to search and find out how you find your nameservers for your hosting account. But again, if you’re with Bluehost, it’s really simple. We all have the same nameservers.

So it’s easy: Google it. End of story. Because I’m going to show here NameCheap to Bluehost, if you have a different registrar or if you have a different hosting company, just Google it. You’ll find a good article or a good video on YouTube.

I also show how to do this in this particular link on https://stoppingscams.com/how-to-build-a-blog-from-scratch-a-comprehensive-guide/#connect-your-domain. It’s a long link so you would have to do a lot of typing. But on our article about How To Build A Blog From Scratch: A Comprehensive Guide, we talked about in there how to connect your domain name from NameCheap to Bluehost.

So I’m just going to show you how to do this in screenshots really quickly. The only reason I’m not going to do this one live is like you can see, I’ve blurred out my… you know… full name and any private domains that I don’t really want to share. Apologies, again. But it’s easier for me to do this way through screenshots if the process looks exactly like this. But if I do it live, then I have to go through and I have to blur the video and stuff. So it’s just easy blur screenshots than it is to blur videos. So I’m just going to show you how to do it in screenshots.

The screens would look exactly like this. Over time, this process may change a little bit – like if NameCheap changed the design of their website – the steps may be a little bit different but they’ll probably… even if they look slightly different… they’ll probably be the exact same steps, you may just have to go looking for them. And if they’re totally different, send me an email because it means I need to update this video. Okay? But it should be pretty self-explanatory overall.

The first thing is you need to log into your account and you need to get to the domains settings. So RueTattoo isn’t reflected here because I took these screenshots a few weeks ago for the article on stopping scams. So you would log into your account and then over here on the left-hand side, you would click ‘Domain List’ and that would take you to this page and it would kind of show you all of your different domains.

The PillPupper I’m okay sharing publicly because it’s just not anything anyone’s going to be able to replicate; it’s patented – all that stuff. So I’m not concerned about sharing this one in particular.

So what you want to do from there and once you click domain list, you see this screen, you want to hit ‘Manage’ for whatever domain name that you want to update the nameservers for. And the cool thing about this process is you don’t even have to log into Bluehost to do this. You know your nameservers already because the same thing for everyone on Bluehost. So as long as you know your nameservers, there’s no reason to log into your hosting account for this process.

So if you feel like, “Uh Ian, I never even logged into the hosting account.” That’s okay. That’s correct. It’s nothing to worry about.

So once you click ‘Manage’, you’ll be taken to this page and you’ll see this little section down here magically-named ‘Nameservers’ – that thing we’ve talked about over and over again. So you would just click right here, you would select ‘Custom DNS’ and then you’ll be able to put in ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com (and those are your nameservers if you’re hosting with Bluehost; they don’t have a bunch of different nameservers like other hosting companies do) so you would put those in there. That’s enough. You don’t need to hit ‘Add Nameserver’ or anything like that. That’s just going to add more lines. You just need to select ‘Custom DNS’, put in ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com, and then you need to click this little green checkmark and then they’ll kind of… you’ll see that it’s processing and it’ll say, okay change is saved – and that’s it! That’s how you update your nameservers.

And so now, you’ve tied those two islands together. You’ll possibly see a notification message too that says like, “Hey it could take up to 48 hours for nameservers to fully propagate.” In my experience, that’s not the case. It can happen and don’t freak out if it does. You can always contact NameCheap support or the support for your registrar if you’re concerned about it. But in my experience, it usually happens within a few minutes; it’s reflected within a few minutes. I’ve never had it really take more than a couple of hours and certainly never the full 48 hours they warned you about. So just know that. It’s probably not going to be instant, but they’ll probably propagate within the next few minutes – 15, 30 minutes at max. And if not, don’t freak out because it can take up to 48 hours.

Okay, so that’s it! That’s how you update your nameserver to tie your hosting and your domain together – at least for Bluehost and NameCheap. Again, if you have a different registrar or if you have a different hosting company, just Google it. You’ll find a YouTube video or you’ll find step-by-step documentation with screenshots from either your hosting company or your domain registrar as long as they’re fairly major, okay? So that’s that!

Now we are going to move on in to actually setting up the website, installing WordPress, and getting everything set up. So things are going to start getting really excited because if you feel like this is tangible output, within the next few lessons, you’re going to have a website with… you know… it’s going to be up and live and it’s going to have some content on it. That’ll be done by the end of Section 4 so we’re just a few videos away from that.

As always, if you have questions, feel free to post them to the Facebook group – that’s free for registered users – and I will see you there and I’ll see you in the next video.