Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.

Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.

Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.

Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.”

Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.

Pointing Namecheap Servers To Bluehost

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.

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  • Lori

    Thank you for this invaluable information. These step by steps are the best thing for me right now!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      So glad to help, Lori. Let me know if you have any questions.
      Have a blessed weekend. :)
      – Carol

  • Titus Mckee, Jr.

    Carol, Hope this finds you doing great. I have a couple of questions I hope you have time to answer. I purchased this domain name before figuring out that the person that I was trying to learn from has more than less had me hooked into primarily selling me one promise after another. Don’t get me wrong I do believe the guy is very capable of helping someone suceed but I don’t believe helping others is his top priority as he comes accross. That being said I need to shut down my business with him but first need to know how I can park my domain name without it continuing to cost me sence I feel I was hooked into that already paid for one year subscription. Second do you know if I can change that domain name without throwing away some more money. I intend to use that name but it may be another month or so. I’m going to have to purchase another name to match what I am now working on. I honestly believe I have found the right teacher now and he has not ask for or sent me to something that has cost me additional money over what he stated from the beginning. Thanking you in Advance. You have been very helpful in guiding me in the right direction. I’ve been reading your blog and your e-mails and everything has been real helpful. May God Bless you are my prayers.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hello Titus,

      I sure am sorry that you are having a bad experience with your coach – I did too, only I was actually scammed out of $3,400! He STILL owes me those commission that I worked so hard for. Live and learn. lol

      I register all of my domain names with Namecheap, which costs about ten bucks per YEAR! Are you paying him for something else?!? The reason I ask is because paying for registration of a domain name is yearly or can be for 2 years, etc…..not monthly. Is it in combination with hosting possibly? Sorry I couldn’t be more help.
      Have a great weekend.
      – Carol

  • jim smith

    thank for your education. you give the tips step by step. I have question. What the best hosting? Bluehost good or not?

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      You’re welcome, Jim. Did you read the article? I recommended Bluehost in the article, lol. They are great.

      Have a great evening. – Carol

  • patsy

    Hi Carol, you are the best teacher.So easy to relate to and easy to understand.
    To nubies its all to hard to rap your brain around. Seems that all the Grus want to
    do is sell you their software only to sell more of their software which you cant
    seem to follow anyway. You seem to be a nice and honest person. I learn a lot
    more from you than all the rest put together. Merry Christmas to you and your
    family from patsy

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      hi Patsy,
      thank you so much – I’m so glad that the information I put on my blog is helpful to you. I remember what it’s like to just be getting started… As it was not so long ago for me.
      Anyway, I appreciate your kind words and wish you and your family a very Merry Christmas and a prosperous new year.
      – Carol

  • Leesa

    Hi Carol:

    Thanks for the info! I purchased my domain name through NameCheap (NC) and hosting services through BlueHost (BH). The sign-up process for both were virtually painless. :-)

    When I went to NC to access my domain name and follow the step-by-step instructions you posted above, I was in a bit of a dither. I did not have the ‘Domain Name Server Setup’ as an option on the menu. I only registered my domain name and nothing else through NC. When I initially went into my BH acct, I registered my domain name through them. I am assuming that I don’t need to take further action on my NC acct now that BH has my domain name registered.

    Questions: Could the lack of the menu option be because I didn’t purchase NC’s hosting services???? Am I in the clear now?

    Thank you in advance!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Leesa,

      You have to click on “Manage Domains”…..then click on the domain name and then it will show up. If not, not sure. As long as you put in the Bluehost DNS, you should be fine.

      They don’t require you to have hosting too…….I have domains registered with NameCheap and hosting with Bluehost! Love them both, and it’s wise to keep them separate. Hope it works out…let me know. :)

      Have a Blessed Day!
      – Carol

  • Leesa

    Hi Carol:

    I figured out the mystery! LOL Initially, the option is ‘Transfer Domain Name’. When you click on that, the window comes up to transfer the domain name to BlueHost as you have instructed above. Once you hit, “Save Changes”, the “Domain Name Server Setup” option appears on the side menu! 😀 Now, everything is in order.

    Thanks again!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Leesa,

      Okay, great, but make sure you don’t transfer the domain name to Bluehost…..Keep Namecheap as your domain name registrar…..and put in the DNS info for Bluehost in the manage domains area in NameCheap. It can be a little confusing. Just go slowly and read….and they have help files or FAQ in case you need to read about it.

      Have a good evening. :)
      – Carol

  • Leesa

    Hi Carol:

    Sorry. I meant “Transfer Domain Name Server”. I locked my registration on Namecheap so that the domain name doesn’t get inadvertently transferred. Now, I need to work on my website! ;D

    Have a Merry Christmas and Prosperous New Year – 2012!! 😀

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Oh, Ok, gotcha! 😉

      Have a good evening. – Carol

  • Jody Anthony Thompson

    Hi, Carol;

    Sorry that you haven’t heard from me in ages; been busy with school and gathering all the material at my disposal for my businesses. I had a falling out with my boss. So far, I’m adding Blue Host to my list. And I’ve already dowloaded all of the free materials posted on your blogs. What, I’ll also do is review all of your earlier emails and pick up from there as well.

    Have a good holiday and give my regards to the family.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Jody,

      Sorry to hear about the falling out….such is life, I suppose. Glad you are making use of the free downloads! :)
      Use the Search feature on the right side of my blog, to type in any term that you are wondering about. For example, type in “squeeze page” and hit Enter on your keyboard. You will see all the posts on my blog about squeeze pages…

      Have a good evening. :) – Carol

  • http://www.google.com Wow

    Thank God for this post… I had no idea what I was doing. Geeeez. You saved my butt. I had a website ready, but no idea about this forwarding stuff.

    Even the BlueHost “customer service” were useless.

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato


      Glad you enjoyed the post, however, whenever I have called Bluehost for assistance, they have saved me! lol

      Hope you have a great weekend.
      – Carol

  • Steve F

    Hi Carol – I just came across this blog post and found it to be excellent!! Thanks for sharing the good stuff. I’m with you, we love BlueHost. NameCheap is cool too -for domain reg.

    I have a quick question – If we point a Namecheap domain to BlueHost without actually transferring the domain over, do you know if can we utilize the BlueHost email system to provide email accounts for the “pointed” domain?

    I looked at NamaCheap’s email capability (openxchange), and it just isn’t going to work. Plus there is a charge and a limit (albeit small charge and 3 Gb limit).

    Thanks in advance Carol!!

    • http://www.CarolAmato.com/ Carol Amato

      Hi Steve,

      I appreciate your kind words and am so glad you’ve enjoyed my blog.
      The only thing I use NameCheap for is to register domains, period.
      I set up all of my emails associated with each domain over at Bluehost.
      I have many for each domain, so it’s awesome!
      Hope to help.
      Thanks for stopping by. – Carol