Point your domain to your Web Host

Point your domain name to your web hostTo start your own website or self-hosted blog, you need to register a domain name and signup for hosting. You then need to point the domain name to the host servers. You need to link the two together, to tell the domain address where the website files are housed.

If you’re following along with our recommendations, you’ve registered your domain with Namespro and you’ve signed up for hosting with WPEngine or Flywheel. Now you need to tell Namespro to point the domain to the Host servers.

1. Login to your Namespro.ca account

2. Click on “my domains” on the left menu

3. Click directly on the domain name to edit its settings

If you are with Flywheel you will use IP Forwarding. For WPEngine you will create a CName record.

IP Forwarding FLYWHEEL

Under Web Settings change Type: to option “3) IP Forwarding  – Free”

Now you need to find what your IP address is to enter it into the Namespro box.

The IP address of your site can be found in the Flywheel control panel under “Domains”Flywheel screenshotCopy the IP address into the Namespro fields and then click SAVE at bottom of screen
screen-namespro-ip

CName Record WPEngine

For WP Engine: Open your WP Engine welcome email to find your WordPress login. In a new tab go to http://yourusername.wpengine.com/wp-admin – enter your username and password and login to the WordPress dashboard.

At the top then click on WP Engine at the top left – See image below to find your IP address or your CName. If your domain registrar doesn’t allow for a CNAME record you will use the IP address found here.

ip-wpengine
RECOMMENDED: WPEngine recommends that you utilize a CNAME when configuring DNS as this provides flexibility in the event that your site needs to be migrated.

Back on Namespro Under Web Settings change Type: to option “5)DNS Hosting (free)”. Then click to launch the zone editing tool
Namespro DNS Hosting

Create a CName

  1. put www in the first box
  2. your wpengine install address in the second box
  3. click create
  4. now create a second record type FWD to forward the non-www version of your site to http://www.yourdomain.ca

This means that the default version of your domain will include www. If you don’t want that just use the IP forwarding method above.

screenshot how to create a cname record Namespro

The change will be submitted to the appropriate registry immediately and may take some time to fully propagate through the Internet.  You don’t have to wait for the domain to propagate, you can start building your site right away at either http://yourusername.wpengine.com/wp-admin or http://yourusername.flywheelsites.com/wp-admin.

Using a different host company?

If you are using a different domain registrar or a different hosting company you may find these instructions for changing the DNS helpful or you many need to call their technical support for assistance with this step.

More tips in our WordPress for Beginners series

We hope that you’ve found these WordPress for Beginners tips helpful.

This post is part of our WordPress Beginners series. If this post was helpful you may be interested in reviewing our WordPress Launchlist.

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