One of the security tips which I often give to other bloggers is to host your domain and your website on different registrars. For example, if you are hosting your site on HostGator or Bluehost, use GoDaddy to host your domain.
This post is for all who have a domain registered with Namecheap & have a hosting account with HostGator (though the process is very similar for almost all domain registrars and hosting accounts).
How To Point Namecheap Domain To HostGator Hosting:
If you already have a domain purchased from Namecheap, log into your Namecheap account dashboard.
Under the “Dashboard” section, find the domain name you want to point to HostGator and click on “Manage.”
Scroll down to the “Nameservers” section.
Click on the drop-down menu where it says “Namecheap BasicDNS” and select “Custom DNS.”
You can get your HostGator name server details either on the welcome email, or simply log into your cPanel account, and on the left-hand side, you will see the nameservers associated with your HostGator account.
You just need to grab the nameserver details and update this information in Namecheap.
Again, make sure you add the nameservers provided by HostGator for your account. They can be found in the welcome email from HostGator.
When you’re done adding in the nameservers, click on the green checkmark to save your changes.
Your domain’s nameservers are now pointed to HostGator.
Adding addon domain with HostGator.
Let’s assume you have a Namecheap and a HostGator account. So in this case, we will buy a new domain from Namecheap and add that domain as addon domain on HG’s server.
When you sign up for HostGator, you can buy a domain name with them or mention the domain name you want to use with them.
- If you registered your HostGator account with this domain, changing the DNS (following the steps above) will complete this process.
- If you’re adding another domain to your HostGator account, continue reading…
Log in 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 a 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 nameservers and how to point domains to HostGator.
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