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Point a Domain to SiteGround Servers

When you are migrating a website from another host or starting a new project with SiteGround and you wish to keep using your already registered domain name, you need to point the domain to the new hosting server. Please follow the instructions below in their order to avoid downtime:

  • step 1Transfer the website's content

    If your plan is to move an existing site, the process starts here. If you only aim to point an existing domain to a new project, you can skip this step. Copy and transfer the website’s content to the new server. If you are not sure how you can take advantage of our professional migration service. If you are just starting out, you will need to set up your website first. Only when you have successfully transferred the website or launched a new website you should proceed to the next step.

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  • step 2Get your server details

    Get your new server details from your Client Area > Websites > Manage go to the kebab menu > Server Details. You need the new IP and nameservers (NS).

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  • step 3Update the NS and IP

    Go to your domain’s Registar’s management panel (this might be your previous hosting provider or else) and find the corresponding domain management forms to update the name servers and IP. See how you can do that with Bluehost, DreamHost, Namecheap, and Media Temple. 

  • There are two options to point your domain to SiteGround – you can use SiteGround’s name servers with your domain, or you can update only the domain’s A record to point to your hosting account’s IP address.

     

    If you opt to change your domain’s name servers to SiteGround’s, all of your DNS records (A record, MX record, CNAME record, and all) will be managed from your SiteGround hosting account from thereon. This does not mean you are transferring the domain, it only gives you more convenient management from your SiteGround control panel. You can use the DNS Zone Editor in Site Tools to control them. This will also point your domain’s email service to SiteGround.

     

    If you choose to point your domain’s A record instead, only your website will be pointed to your hosting account. Your domain’s DNS records will still be managed with your previous host/DNS service provider and your email will keep going to the old host server, or where it MX records were configured.

     

  • step 4Wait 72 hours for the propagation

    It takes roughly 72 hours until the changes in your domain’s records propagate. We strongly recommend that you do not discontinue your previous hosting service until this period is over. During these 72 hours, some of your visitors will access your site on the old server and some on the new so you need them both up and running.

  • If you hate waiting and wondering if you did the updates right, check by using this tool: https://www.dnswatch.info

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