If for some reason you already have a domain name (that you bought at GoDaddy), but want to sign up with BlueHost as your hosting provider, you’ll need to point your nameservers over to BlueHost.
This basically means that you are telling your domain provider where to find your blog. This is a very quick tutorial but be aware that it can take up to 24-48 hours for the changes to take effect (most times for me it was instant).
- First you will need to find out what your nameservers are. If you’re with BlueHost, that’s easy….your nameservers are probably NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM (you can double-check this info by referring to the the email you would have received at sign-up with all your account information).
- Log into your GoDaddy account to get to your dashboard. Click “Manage” next to “Domains”.
- On this screen, you will see all of your domains listed. Click on the little drop down menu icon and then click “Set Nameservers”.
- Make sure that “Custom” is chosen and click “Edit Nameservers”. You’ll need to add the nameservers from Step 1 in these boxes. Click OK and then Save. You should get a message saying that the changes have been made.
That’s it! Like I said you may have to wait a little bit before the changes take effect. You can always check by typing your domain name in the search bar. If a GoDaddy “parked page” comes up, the domain is still propagating (still in transition).
Are you just starting your blog but don’t know where to start? Check out my easy-to-follow post How to Start a WordPress Blog.
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