I bought a yearly subscription on a Baby Plan for $6.36 per month, or about $75 bucks a year. They also have the more introductory Hatchling Plan, and the premier Business Plan. My package works well for me because I plan on developing more websites and the Baby Plan gives you unlimited domains, disk space, bandwidth and a shared SSL certificate.
So, now I had a website set up on GoDaddy, a new hosting package with HostGator and absolutely no knowledge of how to switch my domain hosting plan to get my website back up and running with a HostGator WordPress platform.
So I journeyed into the depths of Google, through the veins of internet content to troubleshoot my problem. I found that WordPress development is much harder than it seems.
Troubleshooting DNS + Name Servers
For someone to visit your website, you need to configure DNS and set name servers. I had no idea what either of these terms meant, so I did some research and diffused it for you below.
DNS stands for Domain Name System (or server or service). What DNS does is convert your domain name, or URL, into a numerical IP address so that your computer server can be identified by other devices throughout the world. DNS allows sites like Google to authority-rank your domain. Without DNS operation and IP, the Internet wouldn’t exist.
These two elements, both DNS and Internet Protocol are the two main hierarchical structures of the functioning web – with domain name system considered of greater importance than that of IP protocol.
I found a great analogy for DNS: It’s like a modern-day phone book. The DNS transforms high-level hostnames (URLs) into numerical data to talk with other computers. Much like a phone book assigns each person’s name a numerical phone number for contact. But think about it, we would never refer to Janis Smith as “555-343-7777”, just as we would never refer to Ebay.com as “220.127.116.11”. It’s simply a transl
A name server is a computer server that implements a network service (either DNS or IP) and provides responses to questions asked against a directory service. A directory service is the software system that stores, catalogs and accesses the information in a computer operating system’s directory.
So, now that we got some textbook definitions down on paper, let’s get to work fixing this website.
According to a HostGator resource I found, there are two options to setting up name servers and squaring away your DNS.
Option 1: Using HostGator Name Servers
This is the recommended way HostGator customers to use name servers, since they are built to operate with HostGator web hosting accounts.
First, you need to find out your name servers for your hosting account. To find these, either go to your
- Welcome email from HostGator. These name servers can be used on all sites that are hosted on your HostGator web hosting account.
- In Your HostGator control panel (if you have shared web hosting).
Second, you need to change the name servers.
- If you are smart, unlike me, and purchased your domain and hosting through the same company, then all you have to do is head to your control panel and click “Domains” at the top to manage your domain names.
- If you are like me and didn’t purchase your domain from the same place you bought your hosting, then you have to head to where you bought your domain and go to their FAQ section, or give customer service a call. GoDaddy has a bunch of helpful and easy directions to follow no matter what domain-hosting pitfalls you may have come across (most other companies have tools as well for assisting you.)
- Once I found this article from GoDaddy, switching my hosting was a breeze. All I had to do was remove my registrar’s current name servers and replace them with name servers from HostGator, found in their welcome email.
Option 2: Use Name Servers Elsewhere (Development Expertise Recommended)
If you’re an experienced developer, you can use different name servers if you desire. This won’t automatically update themselves, and require much more upkeep, but it’s definitely doable if you’re searching for this option. Visit this article for more information:
How to Point Your Domain to HostGator when Using DNS Elsewhere
Of course if you’re like me, you’re probably not experienced – hence why you’ve made it this far in the post. As it turns out, I chose option one, and viola – it worked like a charm. I was now able to see my domain name on my HostGator control panel.