What does domain pointing mean?
Pointing a domain is the technical term used for connecting a domain to a web host’s server. However, it is also the term used to describe the process of redirecting additional domains to a primary domain. This process takes place after you register your domain name with a domain registrar. To put it simply, it is like hanging a signage for your business of the building, which is the server, so that customers can find your site.
Most often, you do not have to do this process yourself, especially if you register your domain from a webhost, as the webhost will do this process for you. However, it is often a good idea to do the process yourself. But if you want the registrar where you registered your domain to do the process for you, you simply need to tell them where you want to point your domain by telling them where your website is hosted.
How to point your domain to a hosting account?
To point your domain, it is expected that you already have a domain name and a web hosting account. This is important because the nameservers which you need to use in pointing your domain will be given to you by your chosen web host. Pointing a domain is a simple process; all you have to do is to follow the following steps:
- Open your account where you registered your domain name;
- Look for the tab Domains and scroll you mouse over it until you find the tab My Domains;
- Scroll down on My Domains until you find your own domain and then select it by clicking on it;
- A page will now open displaying the domain information. On the bottom part of the page, you will find a portion displaying Nameservers;
- Look for the Manage tab and open it. You will then be brought to a page with the title Nameservers;
- There should be displayed on the screen at least two spaces for the nameservers. You need to key-in the nameserver that your web hosting account gave you. An example of a nameserver looks something like this, ns1.yourwebhost.com and ns2.yourwebhost.com. Sometimes there can be as many as four nameservers but there should be at least two.
- After keying-in your nameserver, click the OK tab after which the page will be automatically submitted. In a little while, if your codes are correct and are accepted, you will receive a message like “Your changes have been submitted. Please allow a few minutes for changes to take effect.”
- Basically, you are done with your task at this point. All you need to do is to wait until the pointing process will be completed. It may take from a few minutes to sometimes as long as 48 hours, often depending upon your web host and your location.
How to verify that I pointed my domain successfully?
It is best that you check whether you were successful with the process after you completed the steps involved in pointing your domain. It is important to note that it may take from a few minutes to often 48 hours before the changes can take effect. However, if you do need to verify if you were successful, follow the following steps:
- Visit the site network-tools.com;
- Select the Ping button from the options that are available;
- On the space provided, enter you domain name and then click Go;
- Check to see if the IP address 126.96.36.199 is displayed. If it does, it means that your domain was successfully pointed.
Why should I need to point my domain to a server?
It is important that you point your domain to a server so that others will know where to find your domain as your domain will not be viewable to other until you have pointed your domain. It acts like a signage that your website is located in this location.