Now that we've registered a domain and set up hosting, we need to get the two to "talk" to each other. Otherwise, we've got our domain over here and our hosting over there and the domain doesn't know it belongs to the hosting and vice versa. That's not particularly helpful.
If you registered your domain when you set up your hosting, you can skip this step and move on to adding a new user.
So, in order to get our domain to "point" to our host, we have to change our nameservers.
IMPORTANT! As soon as you change your nameservers, your domain will bring visitors to this blog. Therefore, if you are currently using your domain on another blog, do not complete this step until your new blog is ready to go. If this is the case, you can still access your new WordPress blog via the temporary URL you were provided with in your welcome email if you're using Bluehost. If you are using HostGator, simply call or chat with them and ask them for a temporary URL.
First we have to find out what the nameservers are from our host (Bluehost or HostGator) and then change those in our domain manager at our registrar (GoDaddy).
1. Login to your hosting account.
In my case, that's Bluehost.
2. Click the "Domain Manager" tab at the top of your screen (#1 below)
3. Once you're on the "Domain Manager" page, click on the tab called "Name Servers" in the right column about half way down the page. (#2 above)
You'll see two pieces of information that look something like this (#3 above):
Take note of both of those. You'll need them in Step 7 below.
4. Now, login to your account at your domain registrar.
In my case, that's GoDaddy. Click the "Login" button at the top left of the screen.
5. From your Domain Manager, choose your domain name.
Once you're logged in, click the black "My Account" button to the left of your name (again, top left of screen).
Click the "+" next to "Domains" to see your domain(s) if the list is not already expanded for you.
Click the "Launch" button next to your domain.
6. Click "Set Nameservers"
7. Input the nameservers.
First, select "I have specific nameservers for my domains." Then input the nameservers you took note of in Step 3. Click OK.
(It could take up to 24 hours for the changes to implement, but it usually takes considerably less time.)
Now when you type your domain name into your browser, you should see your blog (albeit generic – we'll get to that), but it should be there!
Want to move on? You can check out the Cheat Sheet for next steps.
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- How to Start a Blog or Website: Cheat Sheet
- How to Find (or Refind) Your Passion
- How to Decide What to Blog About: What Works for Readers?
- How to Decide What to Blog About: What Works for You?
- Understand Branding: 4 Tips
- Understand Keywords: Increase the Odds of Getting Found
- Writing Great Content: 3 Tips
- How to Write a Killer About Page
- 12 Blog Organization Tips
- How to Choose a Domain Name: 12 Tips
- How to Register a Domain Name
- How to Set Up Hosting and WordPress
- How to Change Your Nameservers
- How to Add a New User in WordPress
- How to Optimize Your WordPress Settings
- How to Install a Plugin
- My Favorite Plugins
- How to Get & Optimize a Feedburner Feed
- How to Choose a WordPress Theme
- How to Install a WordPress Theme
- Elegant Themes for WordPress
- How to Install Google Analytics
- How to Use WordPress: Tips & Tricks
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- How to Start a Blog or Website (In 15 Minutes or Less)