This page demonstrates how to connect your domain to your hosting account if you registered it with a registrar, other than your hosting provider. If you registered your domain name during sign-up with your hosting provider, your domain is already connected and you can skip this page.
The demonstration assumes you have your domain registered with NameCheap. If you are with another domain provider, your provider’s website will look different, but the process should be similar.
At the top-left of the NameCheap homepage, click the SIGN IN link, enter your login details and click the [Sign In] button.
After login, you should be on the Dashboard page. This is where NameCheap will notify you of expiring domains and any other issues. Click on the Domain List option below Dashboard.
You will now see a list of all domains you have registered with them. Click on the [MANAGE] button to access the settings for your domain:
By default, your domain nameservers will be set to NameCheap BasicDNS. If anyone types your domain name into a browser, they will see a default NameCheap page. Try it and see – in another browser tab, enter your domain (e.g. http://domain.com).
When you purchased hosting, your hosting provider sent you an email containing hosting details. This email will contain the names of their name servers (e.g. ns1.hosting.com and ns2.hosting.com). There will be at least two name servers for redundancy, in case one temporarily stops working.
Use the nameservers drop-down to select Custom DNS and enter your host’s name servers:
Click the green tick to save your changes. A message will be displayed saying you cannot change them again for a short period of time. The nameservers for that top-level domain (TLD) will take some time to share your update. Messages often say 24-48 hours. It can take as little as 15 minutes to an hour but can be longer.
In another tab, enter your domain name and refresh the page from time to time. When your domain is pointing to your hosting, you won’t see the default NameCheap page.
If you followed my instructions and set up a web page, that is what you should see. If you haven’t set up a page, you will get an error message in your browser saying it could not find the site or server.
NOTE: Your browser may be caching the web page. Where the browser assumes that pages do not change often and re-displays the page it has, rather than going out to the internet and downloading the current page. If you hold the SHIFT key down on your keyboard, while you click the browser Refresh button, it should force the browser to download a fresh copy.
While you are on the Domains page at NameCheap, take the opportunity to view your contact details at the bottom of the page:
You should have been offered WhoisGuard by default when you registered your domain. If someone queries who owns this domain and you do not have WhoisGuard, this is the information they will see. This will include marketers, who will then target this email address.
To check the information currently being provided, hold CTRL on Windows or Command on a Mac and click here, to open a new browser tab and enter your domain name, over on the right side of the page in the Whois box.
You may prefer to use a dedicated email address, rather than your personal email address and a PO Box number, rather than your home address if these details are being displayed.
Additional protection for your domain account
Hackers are likely to attempt to access your domain account. From the main screen menu above, select Profile, then Security and click on the [MANAGE] button to make this much harder.
At the moment you access your account using a username and password. Assuming you have a mobile phone. Turning Two-Factor Authentication on will mean there are now two things required to log in to your account, something you know (your password) and something you have (your mobile phone).
You have two options for using Two-Factor Authentication:
- Smartphone – You can use the App provided by NameCheap. It will display a number that changes regularly.
- Non-Smartphone – NameCheap will text you a different code each time you log in.
Either way, the hacker would need both your password and the code on your mobile phone to log in.
I highly recommend turning Two-Factor Authentication on.
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