How do I connect a name to a web hosting account?
It’s not enough to just register a domain and purchase a website hosting package. You actually need to ‘point’ your domain to your hosting account. If you’ve come to us for both, we’d be more than happy to do it all for you (call 1300 368 359 and we’ll take care of the rest). If you’ve opted for another provider or would prefer to do it yourself, these are the steps to do so.
- Understand the essential jargon
There are a couple of terms you need to be familiar with: nameserver and DNS (Domain Name Server). These have the same meaning, but may differ depending on your registrar/hosting company. This is basically the phone book of the internet, transforming domain names to numbered IP addresses.
- Find out what your host’s DNS details are
For every domain, there are two different name servers, primary and secondary, the latter being a backup in case the former fails. You’ll need to speak with your website hosting company to determine what these are.
- Add the DNS to your domain
You can now log into your domain management account and input the DNS information you received from your web host. The process can take up to 24 hours to be completed.