ENTERING THE DNS SETTINGS OF YOUR WEBSITE IN YOUR DOMAIN CONTROL PANEL – COMPLETE TUTORIAL!
You have bought a domain from a domain seller and a hosting account from a web host.
To understand this post better, first read how a visitor’s request in the browser address bar is fulfilled by the browser. When a visitor types the address of your domain in his browser’s address bar, the browser first connects to the web server that has stored your domain name (in brief, your domain seller’s server). Then, the browser’s request is redirected to the web host’s server (computer) where your website has been hosted with a link to your domain name.
You should connect your domain and website. That means you should redirect the request coming to your domain to your hosted website/ blog. Though your domain seller and host are the same person, the request may have to go to two different computers only because your seller may not have the same server for both domain and hosting space.
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Now, let us know how to enter the DNS settings details from your hosting account into the control panel of your domain name.
Consider that you have purchased a domain with name : www.mydomainname.com from the domain seller: www.domainseller.com. And, you have purchased a shared hosting account with the webhost: www.myhosting.com.
Now, you have to link your wordpress website hosted at www.myhosting.com with the domain name www.mydomainname.com.
To do this, you should know the DNS setting details given by your webhost in the control panel provided by him for your hosting account.
First go to the website of your hosting provider: www.myhosting.com.
When you purchased hosting from them they would have emailed you your login id and password for your hosting account.
Enter those details in the boxes provided in the login panel.
You will find a control panel for your hosting account.
(1) In the column ADD A DOMAIN, enter the domain name www.mydomainname.com. Click SAVE or ADD.
(2) Then, click HOSTING SETTINGS.
(3) Enter your website name if it has been asked. If not, omit this (The name you give to your website – preferably similar to your domain name)
(4) Enter your domain name in the box opposite to DOMAIN NAME.
(5) Hosting type: Enter as WEBSITE.
(6) Website Status: Once you install the wordpress, it will automatically show as ACTIVE. Therefore you need not change this now.
(7) Document root: Usually this is automatically shown when a database is created after you install wordpress. While installing wordpress, you may be asked to give a name for the database. It will be shown here.
(8) PREFERRED DOMAIN:
This is very important. When your site is shown in search engines the default format of your domain will be shown. That default is set here.
If you like your website to be shown with ‘www’ then click the option of www.mydomainname.com.
If you like your website to be shown without ‘www’ then click the option of mydomainname.com.
To avoid errors, it is always safe to click NONE option. I have chosen NONE option in all my blogs that has no issues. In the search results, our websites are shown without ‘www’.
(9) In the hosting settings there may be some other columns such as SECURITY SETTINGS and WEB SCRIPTING AND STATISTICS. Those columns need not be filled now. They will be automatically filled by the Panel.
After entering the domain name and hosting settings you should link your website and the domain name.
Let the DNS settings be like this for your website in your hosting account:
Now you can enter the above details in the DNS settings column for your domain in your domain control panel. Some examples are given below:
Go to the Control panel of your domain name. Click a button with any of the following words: MANAGE YOUR DOMAIN (or) SETTINGS (or) MANAGE (or) JUST CLICK ON THE DOMAIN NAME ITSELF. This command may vary from company to company.
Now you can find an option of DNS MANAGEMENT (or) DNS SETTINGS.
Click that option.
Now you will find many setting options. Let us see one by one:
SETTING UP OF DNS DETAILS OF YOUR WEBSITE FOR YOUR DOMAIN NAME
(1) “A” RECORDS:
Click ADD RECORDS or similar option.
Type the domain name without ‘www’ as mydomainname.com under the title HOST NAME.
Under the title DESTINATION IP ADDRESS, copy the IP address ( 126.96.36.199 )of the host server where your website has been hosted.
Do the same IP ADDRESS settings by clicking ADD RECODS option for the same domain name with the following domain prefixes:
www. mydomainname.com – Set the same IP address (188.8.131.52)
mail. mydomainname.com – Set the same IP address (184.108.40.206)
webmail. mydomainname.com – Set the same IP address (220.127.116.11)
none. mydomainname.com – – Set the same IP address (18.104.22.168)
That’s all. “A” records have been set.
(2) MX RECORDS:
Under MX Records Option click ADD RECORDS.
Just enter the MX record given in the above table mail. mydomainname.com under this option.
That’s all. MX Records have been set.
(3) “C” NAMES:
Under “C” NAMES Option click ADD RECORDS.
Under ALIAS, add ‘www’. Under HOST SERVER, add ftp.mydomainname.com.
In case your host had given any other value for HOST SERVER, add that under HOST SERVER by clicking ADDD ANOTHER RECORD OPTION.
(4) URL REDIRECT:
If you like to redirect this domain name to any website with another domain name, type that website’s domain name with www. When the people type this domain name it will take them to another website added by you.
If you do not need to redirect the visitors to another website leave this option untouched.
(5) NAME SERVER (NS):
Click ADD RECORDS option and then enter the NAME SERVER details given in your hosting DNS SETTINGS ABOVE as given below:
If your host had given two NS records, add another one also.
Simple. NS records have been entered.
(6) WHOIS RECORD:
You need not do anything here. Just check that all the details about you added by the domain seller in the domain ownership details are correct. If there is any mistakes in the details you yourself can edit and correct them and then save. These details are very important that informs the world and authorities that this domain is owned by you. Therefore, check for mistakes. Enough.
(7) TXT RECORDS:
This column is also not necessary now. This is used only when you are asked to confirm your ownership of your domain by any services.Eg: Google or Facebook or Amazon need your domain ownership confirmation when you use their advertising / earning related options.
That’s all. You have learnt the basic details of DNS Settings in your Domain control panel by taking the details from the DNS SETTING DETAILS from your HOSTING CONTROL PANEL.
After entering the settings it may take atleast 30 minutes to 3 hours for the details to come to effect since they need time for propagation everywhere in the internet.
If you find any step difficult, just try once or twice more. You will become familiar soon.
If you like to use my services to set up your domain and host settings you may contact me to: firstname.lastname@example.org for my friendly and foolproof and safe service with a cost. You can get the cost details through mail.
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(NOTE: The entries of values given by me in this post has been given based on the SAMPLE DNS details I have taken above. Replace those details with your ACTUAL DNS details given by your host appropriately. Do not input the same details including IP addresses given by me.)