How To Point Godaddy Domain Name To Hostgator Hosting

Last Updated on April 12, 2021 

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Godaddy leads the world when it comes to domain name registrars. Godaddy has 75 million domains registered across the globe.

Hostgator is one of the top web hosting companies around the world. By purchasing your domain name with Godaddy and purchasing your hosting with Hostgator your site will be set up for success.

In this post, I’m going to go step by step on how to point Godaddy domain name to Hostgator hosting. Pointing your Godaddy domain to Hostgator will only take you a few minutes.

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How To Point Domain Name From Godaddy To Hostgator Hosting

It’s very common for people wanting to buy their domain name separate from their hosting provider. Some common reasons why consist of cost or wanting full control over your domain name.

Buying your domain name from Godaddy is cost-effective. The cost for a domain name with Godaddy is $12 and then another $8 for domain privacy.

Buying your domain name with Hostgator is free if you purchase one of their hosting plans annually. For non-annual hosting plans, you’ll pay $4.99 for a domain name for the first year by clicking here and using our exclusive Hostgator promo code CUPID60. Hostgator offers domain privacy at a cost of $14.95 for a year.

If you are buying a domain name from Hostgator with no hosting purchase then the domain name will cost you $12.95 for the first year and $14.95 for domain privacy.

Depending on your needs Hostgator could come out cheaper but Godaddy comes out a little cheaper when it comes to the domain name cost without a hosting purchase.

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Another popular reason to buy your domain name separate from your hosting provider is in case something happens to your site your domain name is separate from your hosting.

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How To Point Godaddy Domain Name To Hostgator Hosting

How To Point Godaddy Domain Name To Hostgator Hosting

When you purchase a domain name that isn’t with your hosting provider you will need to point your nameservers from your hosting provider to your domain provider.

Once you purchase your hosting with a provider, you will be provided with nameservers in which you will need to point to your domain provider.

In this case, you will be pointing your domain name from Godaddy to Hostgator.

To get started in our how to point Godaddy domain name to Hostgator hosting guide is to point your Godaddy domain to Hostgator hosting.

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Hostgator Nameservers:

You can find your Hostgator nameservers by going to the welcome email Hostgator sent you after you purchased your Hostgator hosting plan.

You can also access your Hostgator nameservers by logging into Hostgator’s Cpanel.

Once logged in to the Hostgator Cpanel you want to find the preferences tab located in the left menu.

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Scroll down a bit under General, and you will see your Hostgator nameservers listed.

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Next, in our how to point GoDaddy domain name to Hostgator hosting guide you want to log in to your Godaddy account.

Once logged into Godaddy, go to the ‘My Products’ page found in the menu and find the button that says ‘DNS’ over to the right of the page. Click the ‘DNS’ button.

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You are now on the Godaddy DNS Management page where you will be changing your Godaddy domain nameservers to point to Hostgator hosting.

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Scroll down to Nameservers. Select the button that says change.

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Select the ‘Default’ tab.

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You want to select ‘Custom.’ Next, input Hostgator’s nameservers. Hit the save button. Below is an example. Keep in mind the nameservers shown more than likely will not be your Hostgator nameservers.

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You did it! That is how to point Godaddy domain name to Hostgator hosting.

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Some things to keep in mind is it could take up to 48 hours for your changes to start showing globally. From experience, within 5 minutes or an hour or two, your site will start showing.

So be patient if you see the Godaddy registered domain name page and not your site. Nothing went wrong it just needs time to make the changes pointing nameservers from Godaddy to Hostgator.

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Wanting to start a blog using Hostgator? Check out our guide on how to start a blog using Hostgator.

Need to add an addon domain in Hostgator. Click here to follow our beginner’s guide.

Here’s our guide to follow if you need help getting signed up for Hostgator.

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  1. Jeanne
    Jeanne says:

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    • Bryan Peterson
      Bryan Peterson says:

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