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Just incase you’ve purchased your domain and hosting separately, or you just want to change providers, here’s how to do so and some useful things to keep in mind.
Reasons to migrate your domain.
Here are a few scenarios in which a migration might be a good move.
Probably the most common need for domain migration is rebranding. This is a big change that will affect your entire business. It can be both exciting and terrifying.
You definitely want to keep your end user experience in mind here, as if you rebrand and the new site doesn’t function as well or is more difficult to navigate than the previous one, it can easily push people away.
If your rebranding isn’t well received well with your audience, not only are you losing customers but this will look bad in the eyes of google and can negatively effect your rankings. If you’re going to rebrand your entire site, try and keep it as familiar as possible. Don’t compromise on your sites ease of use or familiarity to your users as this can easily lose them.
Be aware that how often your brand is mentioned across the web and searched for is something google takes note of. So you’ll need to shift as much of your brands existing authority (backlinks, mentions, external sites) over to your new brand.
Moving from a host to your own domain.
Most websites, especially blogs will start out on a shared hosting service and website building platform like WordPress, Wix or Squarespace and will subsequently use their domain. “.blog” in the case of WordPress. It’s a good idea to upgrade to your own domain as a “.com” looks far more professional than a .blog. This process is nice and easy and the provider will often handle this for you. But you may want to go one step further and buy your own hosting as well. This is a separate process, but still fairly painless.
If you’re making any other big changes regarding your websites design, software, or content. Try to avoid doing these at the same time. If you make multiple large changes at once it is easy for something to go wrong, and harder for you to find what it is.
Obviously these aren’t the only reasons to migrate your domain but it’s one of the most common.
Updating your account.
Depending on your provider you may or may not be asked to enter your domain name when you first sign up But some will let you purchase your hosting without a domain. In this case its as simple as logging into your hosting services control panel and then just adding the domain. If you already gave your domain name to the hosting provider then you won’t need to do this.
Updating your Domain
Simply log in to your domains administration panel, usually you’ll receive the link to this from your domain provider. Then look for the “DNS” section.
DNS stands for Domain Name System. In short it is the naming system used to connect a websites URL. http://www.wordpress.com for example with its IP address. (what your computer actually searches for) This means you don’t need to know the IP address of a site you want to visit and just use its name instead.
If you’re having trouble finding the DNS section you can either contact your providers support or simply google how to find it with your chosen service.
Once you’ve found this you’ll have to replace the two names already listed with the two that your host has provided you with.
- Log in to your BlueHost Control Panel.
- Click the Domain link at the top of the page.
- Choose your domain name from the list of domains.
- Click the “Name Servers” tab
- Select “Use Custom Nameservers”
- Enter the new name servers
- Click “Save Nameserver Settings”
This could take anywhere from a few minutes up to 72 hours to fully propagate throughout the internet. So you may not be able to access your site through the domain immediately. The easy way to test if it’s done or not is to simply type your domain name into the URL and see if it works. If you get a message saying something like “This page is under construction” then the process hasn’t finished. If it loads. It’s done.
It is still possible to access your website during this period, so you can still work on it or make changes. Just use the IP address that your hosting company provided.
Some providers even have resources on how to do this such as HostGator, which can be found here https://support.hostgator.com/articles/hosting-guide/lets-get-started/dns-name-servers/how-do-i-change-my-dns-or-name-servers
as well as BlueHost
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