How to Point domain from Namecheap to Hostgator

Point Domain From NameCheap to HostGator

One of the security tip which I often give to other blogger is host your domain and website on different registrar. For example, if you are hosting your site on Hostgator or Bluehost, use ShoutMydomain or Namecheap to host your domain.

Long time back, I used to use Namecheap for hosting my domain and my sites were hosted on Hostgator. This post is for all who have domain registered from NameCheap & have purchased hosting from Hostgator.

How to Point NameCheap domain to Hostgator Hosting:

If you already have domain purchased from NameCheap, it’s great else go ahead & buy your first domain name. I  assume you already have done it, so next step is to login to your NameCheap account dashboard. Under dashboard, click on the domain name, whose name server you want to point to Hostgator servers.

Click on Domain name server setup on next page and you will be taken to a page like below, where you need to add your hosting name server details. All you need to do is, find your webhosting NS and update the same here.


You can get your Hostgator name server details either on welcome hosting Email, or simply login to your cPanel account and on left hand side you will see Nameserver associated with your Hostgator account.

You just need to grab the NameServer details and update in Domain name server information under Namecheap.

Namecheap to Hostgator

Make sure you add the Name server provided by hostgator for your account. Name server is included in welcome email from hostgator.

Here is a video which will give you detailed overview of the steps:

Adding addon domain with Hostgator.

Now, lets assume you have a Namecheap account and you have a Hostgator account too. So in this case, we will buy a new domain from Namecheap and add that domain as addon domain in HG server.

When you signup for Hostgator, you can buy a domain name with them or mention your domain name you want to buy with them.

  • If you mentioned domain name there , changing DNS will complete the process
  • If adding another domain, follow the above step and continue reading

Login to your Hostgator control panel :

Click on addon domains under Domains

On the next page

  • Add domain name
  • Add FTP user
  • Add Root folder
  • Add password

On the next page you will get the confirmation stating : your domain name has been added.

Check out this detailed post with pictures: How to add addon domain on Hostgator

I hope this step by step guide will help you to understand Namecheap NS and pointing any other domain to Hostgator. Have any query? Feel free to ask in the comment section below.

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Harsh Agrawal is a blog scientist and a passionate blogger. He is blogging since 2008 & writes about Blogging, SEO, Make money online & tech. His blog, ShoutMeLoud receives 1 million Pageviews/month and have over 700K subscribers.


COMMENTs ( 16 )

  1. says

    Nice Tutorial Harsh! But a few minute i pointed my namecheap domain to hostgator, i tried accessing the URL and received this message “Error establishing a database connection” Is this normal due to the fact that the name is not yet propagated by hostgator or I’m getting something wrong?

  2. Mangesh says

    Hello Harsh. I recently bought hosting (with free domain) at Bluehost & I have a domain at Namecheap. In your tutorial (& many others on internet), you have mentioned that the nameservers are usually & However I have received different nameservers in mail from Bluehost & they are already mapped to the domain I got for free from Bluehost. I am confused. Which one I should use to point Namecheap domain to Bluehost? Thanks

  3. danicapage says

    Thanks that was super helpful. I couldn’t find this in many other places and definitely not this clearly.

  4. says

    Hello, Harsh I would like to know if I transfer my host gator host website to another host gator account can affect my SEO to a new host gator account..I’m actually using a host by a friend i want it to transfer it in my new host gator that i purchase . Please help me..

  5. Nikolic says

    Thanks man! This kind of setup tutorial could not be found on websites of major domain registrars and hosting companies.


  6. Sterling says

    Thanks a bunch for this. One thing you might want to change in your screenshots is the first screenshot showing “Domain Name Server Setup.” It actually doesn’t say this until you make the change. Instead it shows something like Transfer Domain DNS with a different icon next to it. It’s still the same option under general and in the same order as you show above. Once you have changed where the domain name is pointed, it then shows it as you have it above. Thanks again for the help!

  7. Levi says

    Thanks for the information. Do you know long it takes the re-direct/new domain to become the ‘true domain’ in the eyes of the search engines?

  8. ruzman says

    thanks for the tutor, but help me please..!! i got a problem when i was trying to addon my domain on hostgator. it appears :
    ” Error from park wrapper: You cannot park your main domain! ”
    what am i supposed to do?
    thank you first..
    please help me..

  9. HostGator says

    you have explained the pros and cons of free web hosting companies. I have used host gator and it is really nice web hosting company and providing the number of facilities to users.

  10. Surender Sharma says

    Harsh Hostgator is the best hosting provider,I am running 13 sites on a single hosting account.
    What do you say about Hostgator ?