If you registered a domain with another domain registrar and want to host the domain (website) with Bluehost web hosting, you can do it and it is very easy to configure that. You can simply point the DNS from your registrar to web host by updating either name servers or DNS A records. In this article, we will discuss how to host a domain which was registered with GoDaddy on Bluehost web servers.
How to Change Godaddy Name Servers?
Godaddy is the world no.1 domain registration brand. They have a very large domain users and customers around the world. Although many non-US hosting users have their web hosting servers in their own country, they prefer to buy a domain with GoDaddy while host the website with a local hosting service provider. GoDaddy has very easy domain management and transfer support. To modify Godaddy name servers (DNS) for your domain(s), you can follow steps below.
- Log on to your GoDaddy.com Account Manager.
- Select Manage Domains from the Domain Names drop-down menu or the Manage Your Account list.
- Check to select the domain name, then click Set Name Servers.
- Change Godaddy name servers to Bluehost name servers and click Save at the bottom to save the update.
What are the Bluehost name servers? You can find the name servers from your order confirmation or welcome email when you purchase the server with Bluehost. Normally it should be ns1.bluehost.com and ns2.bluehost.com.
Alternatively you can simply change DNS records from domain registrar and point them to server IP with web host. See guide this for detailed instructions: How to Add or Change DNS A Records with GoDaddy?
It is not very technical, many users should be able to follow the above instructions and have Godaddy DNS name servers changed in just minutes. Bear in mind that the change of DNS records or DNS name servers would take some time to take effect which we call ‘DNS propagation’. Depends on the domain name registrar, it may take from several hours to 2 or 3 days for it to complete. The Godaddy name server changes require the minimum time to take effect. Normally you should see the changes to reflect globally in just hours or sometimes in minutes. During this DNS propagation period, you may fail to add the domain to your Bluehost hosting control panel. Bluehost will ask you to verify the ownership by change DNS record or name servers. Once the DNS propagation finishes, Bluehost will allow you to add it to their hosting servers.
By changing Godaddy name servers to Bluehost, you can host the domain (your website) on Bluehost servers. Later domain renewal would still need to be performed with Godaddy.