Instructions for Namecheap and GoDaddy domains
hosted on DreamHost or HostGator web hosting
Now, how do you get those two services communicating with each other so you can actually start working on your website?
If you registered your domain name with Namecheap, follow the directions below.
If you registered your domain name with GoDaddy, click here for instructions.
1. Go to the list of domain names you’ve registered with Namecheap.
When you login to your Namecheap account, you should be taken to your account dashboard. In the left-side navigation, choose “Domain List”.
You should now see a list of all the domains you have registered with Namecheap (if you only have one, this step is super-simple).
2. Choose the domain name you want to use for your WordPress site.
Click the “Manage” button to the right of the domain name you want to use for your WordPress site.
3. Scroll to “Nameservers” and choose “Custom DNS”.
Clicking “Manage” next to a domain name will take you to the Domain Details screen.
Scroll down to the area labeled “Nameservers”. Next to that label, there is a drop-down menu. It will probably say “Namecheap BasicDNS” if this is the first time you’re managing the domain name. It may say “Custom DNS” if you previously used the domain name.
Click the drop-down menu to reveal four choices: Namecheap BasicDNS, Namecheap BackupDNS, Namecheap Web Hosting DNS, and Custom DNS.
Choose Custom DNS.
4. Enter your web host’s nameservers.
Type your nameserver information directly on the dotted lines that appear. If you only see two dotted lines but you have three nameservers (as is the case with DreamHost), you can click the orange “+Add Nameserver” link below the bottom dotted line.
If your web hosting account is with DreamHost, fill in the first three fields exactly as shown here. All DreamHost-hosted sites use these nameservers (which are not case-sensitive):
If your web hosting account is with HostGator, you will need to look for the welcome email you received when you first signed up for your HostGator account. That welcome email contains your nameservers, among other helpful information (if you can’t find your welcome email, email firstname.lastname@example.org and ask them to re-send it, because there’s nowhere else you can find this information). Fill in the first two or three fields on this Namecheap screen with your HostGator nameservers.
Once you’ve filled in the nameserver fields, click the tiny green checkmark that appears to the right of the nameserver fields (if you want to cancel your changes, an orange X also appears).
You should see a success message appear briefly at the top of the screen, plus a warning that you shouldn’t edit the nameservers again for a few minutes.
Now your domain registrar and your web hosting account are “shaking hands,” so to speak. Good job!
Please note: You may need to wait as long as 24 hours after updating the nameservers for the communication between the two to be firmly established across the internet (you may see this waiting period referred to as propagation), but usually the connection will be established much sooner.
Once propagation has occurred, you should be able to log into your web hosting account and continue setting up your website. The next thing to do is to install WordPress — stay tuned for that tutorial!
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