UPDATE: I can no longer recommend HostGator or Bluehost – read this blog post to see who I recommend.
How To Point Namecheap To Bluehost Servers
In order to have a website, you need a domain name and a hosting plan. As you know, I recommend that people register their domain names with Namecheap, and then get a hosting plan with Bluehost.
This will allow you to get the domain name and hosting plan at an affordable price, and you will be in complete control of your business. I’ll use Namecheap and Bluehost as an example in this article.
I suggest getting your domain name registered with one company and your hosting package from a DIFFERENT company so as to keep them completely separate. Why?
The reason we keep them separate is – if ever a hosting company gets hacked or has a virus and goes down temporarily, the domain name can quickly be pointed to a new hosting (cheap) package and be up within an hour or so – - as opposed to many hours or even days until the problem is fixed with your hosting company. This prevents lost sales and ensures that you will have the shortest interruption in your business.
No matter HOW reputable the hosting company is, problems happen to the best of them, so this is a sure way to prevent losing income!
When you get your domain name and hosting plan from two different companies, you have to point the DNS servers to your new hosting plan. Today, I’m going to explain what a DNS server is, and then show you how to point your Namecheap domain name to Bluehost.
What Is DNS?
DNS stands for Domain Name System. The DNS translates a computer’s domain name into an IP (Internet Protocol) address and stores other records associated with the domain name. The address is a long chain of numbers that is difficult, if not impossible, to remember.
DNS servers eliminate the need to remember the IP address, since they associate the address with a domain name. Thus, people can access a website via the domain name, no matter where they are located.
When you register your domain name with Namecheap, Namecheap assigns its own DNS servers to the name. However you want the DNS to point to your hosting company, so your hosting company will be able to communicate with the site.
Fortunately, you just need to follow the steps listed below, and your domain name will point to your host, so people can visit your site by typing your domain name into the search bar on any given search engine.
Pointing The DNS To Your Website
Step 1 – Sign into your Namecheap account. If you do not remember your login information, check your email. You should have a confirmation email that contains your login information. Once you retrieve the email, type the login information in and move to the next step.
Step 2 – You’ll see a section that says “Number of Domains in your account.” Click “View.” This will take you to a new page that displays all of the domains you have purchased from Namecheap.
Step 3 – Click on the domain name that you want to change. If you have more than one domain name you want to change, you’ll need to access them one at a time. Thus, click on the first domain you want to change, and then complete the rest of the steps. Then, you’ll need to start the process over with the next domain name.
Step 4 – Go to the menu on the left side of the page and click “Domain Name Server Setup.”
Step 5 – Select: Specify Custom DNS Servers ( Your own DNS Servers )
Then, put ns1.bluehost.com into the first box and ns2.bluehost.com into the second box.
These are Bluehost’s name servers. Once you input these into the boxes, Namecheap will know that it needs to point the domain name to your Bluehost account, in essence, giving your “house” domain name some “land” to sit on.
Step 6 – Make sure everything is correct and click “Save Changes.”
After the Transfer of DNS
It will take 24 to 48 hours for the transfer of DNS (pointing) to take effect.
Once it does, you can begin uploading files and/or installing a free WordPress blog from your control panel (cPanel) on Bluehost. Then, once you are finished, people will be able to type your domain name into the search bar and access your website.
Follow these steps so you can use Namecheap and Bluehost. That way, you’ll get a cheap domain and an affordable hosting plan. Best of all, the pointing is simple, so it’s easy to save money using these two companies and also be in complete control of and easily protect your business.