Follow the step-by-step procedure to easily point a domain name registrar to a web hosting service.
I signed up with Hostinger Web Hosting Service and I want to transfer an existing website domain to it.
The existing domain “instantviralvideo.com”, which I acquired many years ago, is now sitting dormant in a domain name registrar, Namecheap.
“A domain name registrar is an organization or commercial entity that manages the reservation of internet domain names. A domain name registrar must be accredited by a generic top-level domain registry and/or a country code top-level domain registry.” ~ Wikipedia
Sidenote: I could easily save the hassle by registering the domain together with the web hosting service, but I chose to do it separately just so I can switch web hosts easily should anything undesirable happen with the service.
“A web hosting service is a type of Internet hosting service that allows individuals and organizations to make their website accessible via the World Wide Web.” ~ Wikipedia
Log in to Namecheap
We are now logged in to my Namecheap account where the domain is sitting.
Here I can see my domain instantviralvideo.com.
In the domain panel, click on the MANAGE button.
We are now on the domain management page,
Scroll down to the NAMESERVERS option.
Change Name Servers
Currently, it shows 2 nameservers from Hostgator.
Let’s change them to the nameservers given by Hostinger.
There are 4 of them, so I have to click on Add Nameserver twice, to add 2 more.
Then click the green tick to proceed.
The message also says the DNS server update may take up to 48 hours to take effect.
How do we know whether it has taken effect?
It’s now 12.15pm, 10 November 2017. Let’s see how long it takes to happen.
Let’s now go back to Hostinger Cpanel to check.
I will now proceed to set up the website at Hostinger.
The DNS change took less than 2 hours to take effect.
1.30pm, 10 November 2017, the website is up!
~ from the journal of Adrian Lee | Singapore
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