How To Point A Domain Name To A Website Hosting Account


Pointing a domain name is also known as “delegation”. A couple of
other examples of jargon you’ll need to know about in connection with
delegation are the terms are “name server” or “DNS
server”; which are essentially the same thing.
A DNS (short for Domain Name System) server translates a name into numbers.
You add your website host’s name server numbers to your domain name’s settings.
That tells the Internet browser or other application where to search for the
website for the related domain. At the other end, the web hosting server receives the
request, looks at which name it is associated with on the server, searches for
and then
retrieves the right pages. All this happens automatically and incredibly
Each domain name needs to have the details of 2 name servers recorded.
These are known as primary and secondary DNS servers. The secondary setting is
there just in case the primary server is not functioning or is inundated with

So, how do you get these DNS server details?
When you opened your website hosting account, your host probably provided the
details in a “welcome” email. The DNS server details will usually
follow this sort of format: (primary DNS or name server) (secondary DNS or name server)
If you no longer have these details, just ask your web host for them – they
may even be listed on their web site.
You’ll then need to visit your domain registrar and log into your domain
name administration interface. When logged in, search for options such as
“delegation” or “nameserver” – try the domain registrar’s
help or search feature if these aren’t apparent.
In the nameserver editing screen, there should be 2 or more boxes where you
enter the nameserver details. Note that only the first 2 need to be entered in
most cases, the rest can be left blank. Be sure that the primary DNS server
goes n the first box and the secondary in the second.
With that done, save the changes and you should be set.
Bear in mind that it can take up to 24 hours for the new information to
propagate throughout the Internet. During this “propagation” window,
in some locations your domain name will be linked to your website hosting account
and in other location it may not be until later on during this phase. Once
this 24 hour time frame is over, the name should be fully associated with your
web hosting account from any point on the planet.

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Michael Bloch currently consults for Domain Registration Services, an Australian registrar – start your domain name search or review their website hosting plans
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