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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 your DNS

    Go to your domain 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. See how you can do that with Bluehost, GoDaddy, HostGator, DreamHost, Namecheap, and Media Temple. 

  • We recommend you to use SiteGround’s name servers with your domain for the best experience with our platform. This way, your DNS records (A record, MX records, CNAME record, and all) and emails will be managed from your SiteGround account from thereon.

    If you have any custom DNS records you need to keep, you can use the DNS Zone Editor in Site Tools to set them before you change the name servers. Alternatively, you can update only the domain’s A record to point to your hosting account’s IP address. This would point only the website, while the rest of the DNS records and the emails will remain intact.

     

  • 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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