November 14, 2019
3 min Read
November 14, 2019
3 min Read
Knowing how to point a domain to Hostinger is important if you’re using our server but bought the domain from somewhere else. Keep on reading as this tutorial will show you how to connect the name to our service!
Before starting this tutorial, take into account that DNS changes can take up to 24 hours to fully propagate worldwide.
There are two main ways to point a domain name to Hostinger:
This guide shows how to point a domain name if it’s NOT registered with Hostinger. For a general tutorial on pointing a domain name to another provider, check out this tutorial.
The process of changing nameservers on various registrars is quite similar. Here’s what you need to do to point your domain name to Hostinger:
Allow up to 24 hours for DNS to fully propagate worldwide.
As mentioned earlier, it’s an alternative you can try if you wish to keep the control of your DNS zone at your domain’s registrar. It consists of two primary steps:
A Record maps a domain name to its appropriate IP address. Therefore, if you want to point your domain name to Hostinger, you can modify these records by replacing the old IP address with the one from Hostinger.
In most cases, you have to create two A records for your domain name: one with the www subdomain and one without.
For instance, if you have a domain named yourdomain.com and want to point it to 18.104.22.168 as its IP address, you need to create A Record entries that look like this:
It’s also possible that your www subdomain is pointed via the CNAME (alias) record. In that case, you only have to change the A record for your root domain name.
Don’t worry if you see a slightly different view at your registrar. Just fill in the values that look similar to the ones shown above. Each field stands for:
MX record specifies mail servers that handle incoming emails. If you want to use Hostinger servers to receive emails sent to your domain, you need to change your domain’s MX record.
At Hostinger, the MX record can be found in DNS Zone Editor as well.
Take note of the mail server’s address. After that, open your domain’s MX record and replace the old mail server:
By finishing this tutorial, we have learned the two ways to point a domain name to Hostinger. The first is by changing the nameservers, and the second is by changing your registrar’s A Record.
We recommend the first option as it automatically sets your domain with our IP Address so you don’t have to go to another hassle if it changes one day.
So what do you think? Which method will you choose? Let us know in the comments below!
November 11, 2019
Thanks for the post. Just got clarified after facing some issues with setting up domain on Name cheap to work here. Its all find now.