A couple lessons ago, we went through the process of registering a domain name. Then in the previous lesson, we signed up for web hosting.
Now its time to put those things together, to make sure our domain is pointing to our web hosting, and then begin to familiarize ourselves with the web hosting control panel…
(Watch this video…)
I recommend registering your domain with a domain registrar other than your web hosting company.
DNS = Domain Name System (on the video I said Domain Name Server, which is also a commonly held definition for the acronym)
Your name servers should be listed in the welcome email from your web host.
Log into your domain account, and change the DNS to your assigned name servers
(Video shows how to set up an account using WHM – the administrative side of Cpanel, which is included with Hostgator reseller accounts)
After you change the DNS in your domain account, it can take anywhere from a few minutes up to a couple days for it to propagate throughout the web.
To log into the cpanel for your account, you would go to:
http://yourdomain.com/cpanel or http://yourdomain.com:2082
or https://yourdomain.com:2083 (secure)
If your domain’s DNS hasn’t resolved to your hosting account yet, you can access your control panel using the server’s IP address in place of the domain.
1) Set your domain’s DNS to point to your hosting account
2) Look around in your Cpanel control panel, and familiarize yourself with it
In the next lesson, I’ll show you how to set up email account(s) on your own domain.
As always, you are welcome to post your questions and comments below 🙂
Have a great day!