Hostinger is a popular web hosting provider that offers a user-friendly interface for managing your website. If you already have a domain and want to connect it with your Hostinger hosting account, this guide will walk you through the process step-by-step.
Note: To add a new domain to Hostinger you need to buy a hosting plan.
Accessing the Hosting Management Panel
First, log in to your Hostinger account and navigate to the control panel. Once you’re in the control panel, look for the “Add a Website” section and click on it. This will take you to the domain connection page.
Add a Domain in Hostinger
On the domain connection page, you will see a button labeled “Use an Existing Domain” Click on it to proceed.
Next, you will be prompted to enter the domain name you want to add. Type in your domain name and click on the “Continue” button.
Configuring DNS Settings
After adding the domain, you will need to configure the DNS settings to connect your domain with your Hostinger hosting account.
Hostinger provides two options for configuring DNS settings:
- Default Nameservers: If your domain is registered with Hostinger, the default nameservers will be automatically set. You don’t need to make any changes in this case.
- External Nameservers: If your domain is registered with a different provider, you will need to update the nameservers to Hostinger’s nameservers. To do this, click on the “Use custom nameservers” option and enter the Hostinger nameservers provided in your account.
Once you have configured the DNS settings, click on the “Continue” button to apply the changes.
Waiting for DNS Propagation
After saving the DNS settings, it may take some time for the changes to propagate. This process, known as DNS propagation, can take up to 24-48 hours. During this time, your domain may not be fully functional.
It’s important to note that DNS propagation can vary depending on your location and other factors. You can check the status of DNS propagation using online tools like What’s My DNS.
Verifying Domain Connection
Once the DNS propagation is complete, you can verify if your domain is successfully connected to your Hostinger hosting account.
To do this, go back to the domain management page in your Hostinger account. You should see your domain listed under the “Domains” section.
Setting Up Your Website
Now that your domain is added and connected to your Hostinger account, you can start setting up your website. Depending on your requirements, you can install a CMS like WordPress or create a custom website using the available tools and features in Hostinger’s control panel.
Hostinger provides a one-click installer for popular CMS platforms, making it easy to get started with your website.
Adding a domain to your Hostinger hosting account is a straightforward process. By following the steps outlined in this guide, you can connect your domain and start building your website with ease.
Remember to allow some time for DNS propagation after configuring the DNS settings. Once the propagation is complete, you can verify the domain connection and proceed with setting up your website.
Read more to learn how to create a subdomain in Hostinger.