Review: How to Connect GoDaddy Domain Name to HostGator (2020)

GoDaddy is the world’s largest domain name registrar. If you bought your domain name from GoDaddy, you made the right decision. But when it comes to hosting the domain name, GoDaddy is not the best solution.

You better go with a reputable web hosting company. HostGator has been one of the most popular web hosting providers in the hosting industry since 2002.

Yes, you can buy a domain name from GoDaddy and host it on HostGator. Here I will show you how to connect GoDaddy domain to HostGator hosting in just 3 steps.

Step 1: Find the HostGator nameservers

Name servers are the things that will point your domain name to the actual location of your website. Since you are going to host your site on HostGator, you need to point your nameservers to the HostGator server.

I’m assuming you’ve already purchased HostGator hosting. And if you haven’t, no worries.

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Now log into the HostGator portal. Once logged in, click on the “Launch cPanel” button.

It will redirect you to the HostGator Control Panel page. Just scroll down a bit and you will get the nameservers on the right side.

Just keep this tab open and go to the next step.

Step 2: Enter the HostGator nameservers on GoDaddy

Now log into your GoDaddy account. Once logged into your account, you will be automatically redirected to the “Products” page.

If you are not redirected, just click on your name in the upper right corner and click on “My Products”.

Then scroll down a bit. And you will find the “Domains” section under “All Products and Services”. Just click on the “Manage” button next to the domain name you want to connect with HostGator.

It will redirect you to the “Domain Manager” page. Just scroll down a bit and you’ll find “Managed DNS” under “Additional Settings”.

Then you will be redirected to the “DNS Management” page. Just scroll down a bit and you will find the “Nameservers” section.

Just click on “Edit”.

Then click on “Enter my own name servers (advanced)”.

Then enter the HostGator nameservers and click “Save”.

That’s all. Your GoDaddy domain is connected to HostGator hosting. Now is the time to add the domain name to HostGator.

Step 3: Add a domain name to HostGator

If you entered the domain name when registering with HostGator, you do not need to add the domain name again. It has already been added.

Otherwise, read on.

Now go back to your HostGator cPanel and click on ‘Addon Domains’ under Domains.

On the next page, you will need to enter the following information.

  • New domain name – Enter the domain you want to add to your host. (Without HTTP)
  • Subdomain – It will be created automatically once you enter the domain name.
  • Document Root – This will also be created automatically.

Simply click on “Add a domain”.

On the next page, you will receive the message that your domain has been added.

That’s all. You have finished. It may take some time to implement the changes. (No more than 24 hours)

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Hope this article has helped you point your domain name from Godaddy to HostGator. If you have any difficulties, please do not hesitate to ask us via comment.

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