If you registered your domain name through a separate registrar from your hosting company, you will need to point your domain name to your hosting account. This is called a DNS setting. DNS stands for Domain Name System and is the way the internet routes someone who types in your domain name to your website at your hosting provider. The details really are not important, having your DNS settings correct very much is though.
If you registered your domain name through your hosting company, then this step does not apply to you. You domain name is already associated with your hosting account.
Pointing your domain name to your website requires just a few steps. The process is basically the same for most registrars, and they all offer detailed instructions on how to do it if you are confused (and many have telephone support for this as well). Just look for “DNS” or “name servers” in the administration panel.
Here are the steps for updating your domain name servers through Namecheap.
- Log in to your Name Cheap account and click My Account on the right side of the blue navigation bar. A drop-down menu will appear. Choose Manage Domains.
- Select your domain name. The Manage Domains screen displays a list of all the domains you have registered with Namecheap. Click the domain name you want to use.
- On the Modify Domain screen, select Domain Name Server Setup. In the left sidebar, click Domain Name Server Setup.
- Enter your hosting company’s domain name server information. On the screen Change Existing Domain Name Server Information, click Specify Custom DNS Servers (Your own DNS Servers) (the “Your own” part refers to your hosting company’s name servers, which your hosting company makes readily avaiable). If your hosting account is with Bluehost, fill in the first two fields as shown here. All Bluehost websites use these name servers (which are not case-sensitive): ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com.If your hosting account is with another hosting provider, you will need to contact them to find out what your name servers are. They are different for every hosting company.
- Click the blue Save Changes button.
The process of updating the name servers (also called propagation) can take up to 24 hours, though it often happens much sooner. You may not be able to access your website until this process is complete.
Once you’re finished you should be able to login to your hosting account and continue setting up your website. The next thing to do is to install WordPress.