Now that we have a domain name and a hosting plan in place, we need to make sure that when someone types in our domain name into a web browser, it’s going to retrieve the files from our web host.

In order to make that happen, we need to redirect our domain, because at the moment, they’re separate entities with no connection.

To do this, we change the named server settings on the domain.

Finding our Named Server information

First of all, we need to grab the named server details from our hosting provider, which in our case is SiteGround.

Log into your account, click on the My Accounts tab, and the Manage button.

Then, on the page with the account management information look at the Account DNS information.

You will be typically looking for 2 lines of information which start ns1. and ns2.

If you’re not using SiteGround, and you’re unsure of where to find the named server settings, contact your hosting provider and ask them to direct you to them.

It’s not common, but some domain registrars require that you also provide the corresponding IP addresses as well as the DNS settings. For this reason, you will find the correct IP addresses listed next to the ns1 and ns2 settings.

Changing the named server on our domain

Now, we need to log into our domain management area where we registered the domain. In our case, this is NameCheap.

Select Domain List from the left sidebar and click the Manage button next to your domain.

domain list

Find the Nameservers section and select Custom DNS from the drop-down menu.

When you select Custom DNS, you are able to copy and paste the named server settings from your host onto those 2 lines.

Click on the green checkmark to save the changes.

Nameserver changes do not take effect instantly. They have to go through a process called propogation which can take up to 48 hours, but usually happen much sooner, often within the hour.

Checking your named server settings

If you’re not sure if the changes have taken effect, you can look up your domain on the WhoIs records by going to https://whois.net/ and typing your domain into the search field.

If the named server settings listed in the details are different to those you copied across from your hosting provider, it means that the settings have changed yet, and you will need to check back later.

 

Once they have moved across, you’re ready to log into your hosting plan and start installing WordPress.

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