What does that mean?
Well, your domain and your hosting are in two different locations. So you now have to tell your domain to “point” towards your blog host. That way when someone enters your domain URL into their browser bar, they will be taken to your blog.
In order to do this you are going to need to be logged into your GoDaddy (not an affiliate link) account (or wherever you registered your domain) and your SiteGround (affiliate link) account (or wherever you purchased your blog hosting).
You are also going to need to locate your blog hosting company’s DNS (Domain Name System). Which is essentially, their online address.
What you then need to do is enter that information in the DNS records of your domain registrar.
I know, I know. It sounds complicated. Thankfully it’s not.
In this post I’m going to walk you through exactly how to do it. For my video lovers, I have a video tutorial. For those of you who prefer a step-by-step photo tutorial, I have included that below the video.
Please note that I am using SiteGround and GoDaddy. If you are using different services, the process should be similar.
Video Tutorial: How To Connect Your Domain To Your Web Host
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Step-By-Step Photo Tutorial: How To Connect Your Domain To Your Web Host
In order to follow along with this tutorial please make sure that you are logged into both SiteGround and GoDaddy. I like to have them open on separate tabs.
Step 1. Go To “My Accounts” on Your SiteGround Dashboard
Once you are logged into SiteGround, click on the “My Accounts” tab. From there you want to select the “Information and Settings” tab. You will see the account DNS. There will be two numbers. You are going to need them both.
Step 2. Go To “My Products” Section in Your GoDaddy Account
In the “My Products” section you should see a listing of your domain(s). Otherwise, navigate to where your domains are. Beside that you’ll see a button that is labelled “DNS.” Click on that one.
Step 3. Select Change Nameservers
From your DNS Management panel, under Nameservers, click on the “change button.”
Step 4. Select Custom Name Servers
The information that you currently see in the nameservers are the default nameservers for GoDaddy. Click on the dropdown arrow and select “custom.”
Step 5. Enter SiteGround’s DNS information
Go back to your SiteGround account, copy the DNS information and paste it into the NameServer section in GoDaddy. Hit “Save”
Initially, you’ll get a message saying some features may be unavailable, but that will eventually disappear.
Once the process is complete, your DNS Management panel should look as shown below. As you can see the records section now shows a message saying it can’t be displayed. That is totally normal. In the nameserver section you should see your SiteGround DNS information.
There you have it! You have now connected your domain to your blog hosting.
Note that it can take up to 24 hours (sometimes more) for that process to resolve.
In my next post, I’ll be showing you how to add a Site Security Certificate to your SiteGround blog.
*Please note that I am an affiliate for SiteGround. What that means is that if you choose to sign up for SiteGround using my link I receive a commission (thank you!). It does not affect your price at all.