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Step 4: Setting your Domain Name Server Addresses

In the first 3 steps we’ve bought a domain name (URL), set up a web hosting account, and installed WordPress.  Now, we need to set the Domain Name Server address.  DNS servers are beyond our scope here.  What you need to know, is that we need to point our GoDaddy domain name (URL) to our MDD Hosting WordPress installation.  DNS acts sort of like the post office.  It maintains an address for your website.  Basically, we are telling the internet that when a user clicks on our GoDaddy URL that it needs to direct the visitor to our WordPress website at MDD Hosting.  Don’t worry, this is easier than it sounds.

First, find the DNS server addresses provided by your web host.  In our case, we can find the DNS list here.  If you used a different host then search your host’s website for “DNS” and you’ll likely find the page you are looking for.  If you decided to build your website using GoDaddy (where we bought our domain name) then GoDaddy would have prompted you for your URL name and would have set the DNS entries automatically.  If this is the case, you can skip this step and move on the the next one.

MDD Hosting DNS List

Keep the DNS list, shown above, open in a browser window.  Next, we’ll sign into our GoDaddy account so we can update the DNS entries to point to MDD Hosting.  After you sign into GoDaddy, click “All Products”, then click “My Account”.

GoDaddy Account Page

On the Account page, click on “Domains” to view your domain list.  Click the “Launch” button.  This will take you to a domain manager page where you can set the DNS entries.

GoDaddy Domain List

At the bottom of the Domain Information page, you’ll see a list of Nameservers.  Click the “Set Nameservers” link.

GoDaddy Domain Servers

In the Nameserver 1 – Nameserver 3 text boxes, enter the DNS names listed on the MDD Hosting site open in your other browser window.  Shown here about 4 images above.  Click “OK” when you are finished.

GoDaddy Set Domain Name Server

You may have to wait a little bit for the changes to take affect.  You will know when this is working by typing your domain name into your browser. If you see a basic WordPress page (example shown below) then you are all set.  Now we can start customizing your website.

Base WordPress Setup

 

Great!  Your website is up and running.  OK, let’s sign into your website’s WordPress and start customizing.

About the author: I’m a techie, a gadget geek, a former programmer, and all-around technology nut. Currently I’m a business analyst for a technology company. I love what technology can do for us. I love smartphones and apps for everything. Building sites with Thesis 2.0 and WordPress help me to reconnect with the feeling of building something tangible.

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