In today’s article, I will show you how to change GoDaddy NameServers (NS) to point a GoDaddy domain to Bluehost web hosting.
Table of contents:
- What is a Name Server (NS)?
- How to point a GoDaddy domain to Bluehost’s web hosting
- How to change your primary domain on BlueHost
- How to point a Bluehost domain to GoDaddy’s web hosting
- Final words
What is a Name Server (NS)?
NS stands for Name Server or Name Servers.
You can have domain at GoDaddy and web hosting at a different provider (Bluehost) but point the domain to the web hosting by changing the NS information.
For example, if you bought a GoDaddy domain and Bluehost web hosting, by changing the NS information on the domain, you will be able to point the GoDaddy domain to the Bluehost hosting (if you type your GoDaddy domain into the address bar, then the Bluehost files will be loaded as a website).
How to point a GoDaddy domain to Bluehost hosting
To achieve this, you need to obtain the Name Servers information from your Bluehost account.
First, go to your Bluehost account page.
1. In the left menu under Domains, click on Assign.
2. Choose the second option “Use a domain that is not already…”. You will add a new domain by entering the GoDaddy domain name that you want to point to your Bluehost web hosting (I am using a GoDaddy domain but you can assign a domain from any other provider).
3. There will be a process to verify ownership (it takes just a few seconds). It checks if the domain you entered really belongs to you and has changed the Name Servers to Bluehost’s.
If you see this message, you have already changed the Name Servers on your GoDaddy domain and you can go straight to step 10 to continue.
But If you get a message that you are not verified (like in step 3), you will not be able to add this domain to your Bluehost account until you add the NS information to the domain on your GoDaddy account.
Therefore, copy both of the Name Servers’ information (NS1.bluehost.com, NS2.bluehost.com).
Do not close this Assign Domain page. You will get to this page later after adding the NS information to the GoDaddy domain.
Let’s continue. To change the GoDaddy Name Servers, go to your account page on the GoDaddy website.
4. On the My Products page, find the domain you want to change the Name Servers information on and click on the DNS button.
That will bring you to the GoDaddy DNS management page.
5. Scroll down until you see the Nameservers section. It is set on the default setting. To change it, click on the Change button.
6. In the next slide, select the Custom option from the menu and paste both Bluehost NS information under Nameserver (make sure you have inserted both Name Servers there).
The Bluehost Name Servers should be as follows:
Check if the NS information is correct and hit the Save button.
You might get this message. Just in case, check your email for a possible confirmation mail.
7. Now, let’s head back to your Bluehost account page.
8. Click on the Assign link under the Domains button.
9. Click on the second option and type your GoDaddy domain that you changed the NS data on.
10. There will be another process to verify ownership (it takes just a few seconds).
This time you should see: Ownership verified. If not, repeat the previous steps again.
Now, scroll down until you get to “Step 3: Choose Addon vs Parked section”.
I will explain the individual options:
A. Addon Domain – You can add a new domain to your existing primary domain on the same web hosting. You will pay for only one web hosting plan but you will be able to load different websites for each domain on the same web hosting.
For example, let’s say you have a primary domain called first-site.com and an addon domain called second-site.com. Both domains are pointing to the same web hosting but first-site.com will load from a different folder than second-site.com.
It is useful that you only pay for one web hosting plan and you can have additional, separate websites, but be aware that if something happens to the web hosting, all of your websites will go down.
If you want to know more about addon domains and how to set them up, I will direct you to this article.
With the basic Bluehost plan, you cannot have an addon domain, only a primary domain.
B. Parked Domain – You can add a new domain in addition to your existing primary (main) domain on your web hosting (your primary domain will remain unchanged), and you will be able to access the same website with both domains.
For example, let’s say you bought web hosting on Bluehost for a domain called “my-monkey.com”. That becomes your primary (main) domain for this web hosting.
Then you decided to add a new domain to this web hosting called another-monkey.com. If you choose to have a Parked Domain, you will be able to visit the same website through my-monkeys.com or another-monkey.com.
This is very useful because you can purchase multiple domains that all point to the same website (the same data from the web hosting will be loaded, not separate websites).
With the Bluehost basic plan, you can add up to five parked domains (if you want to add more parked domains, you have to upgrade your web hosting plan).
C. Unassigned Domain – You can add (attach) a new domain to your web hosting plan but the domain is not active (it is not a parked domain or an addon domain). You are just saving the domain in your Bluehost account and when the time comes, you can easily activate it.
From these three options, you can choose the one that is most suitable for you and click on the Assign this Domain button (step 11).
How to change your primary domain on BlueHost
If you already have a primary domain on your Bluehost web hosting and you want to change it to a GoDaddy domain (you can use GoDaddy alternatives such as HostGator, NameCheap, etc.), then select the “C” option (Unassigned domain). Then, contact Bluehost support (you have to contact support to change the primary domain on your bluehost account) through chat or phone and prepare the following information:
- Actual primary domain (current primary domain on your Bluehost web hosting).
- New primary domain (The domain you want to use for the unassigned option C).
- Last four characters of your cPanel password (which is the same as your main account password).
- Confirmation, e.g.: “I have read and understand the account rename information including: my username will not change and I have backed up my files/databases in case there is any data lost during the rename process.”
With the help of an operator, you can very easily change your current primary domain to a new one.
11. To finish adding a parked domain or an unassigned domain to your Bluehost account, click on the Assign this Domain button.
NS settings for the domain are all set, but be aware that it can take 24h up to 72h for the Name Servers to be fully functional. During this time, your site could be unavailable or only partially functional.
How to point a Bluehost domain to GoDaddy’s web hosting
For setting the Bluehost domain (you can use Bluehost alternatives such as HostGator, NameCheap, etc.) on your GoDaddy web hosting, go to your GoDaddy account page.
1. Scroll down to the Web Hosting section and click on the Manage button to the right of the hosting option you want to use.
2. In the next window, click on the Manage button in the Settings section.
A small pop-up window will appear:
A. Select a domain from your account – You can select a domain from the list of your domains on your account. Select the desired domain, click on the Change Domain button (step 3). Wait until the domain is fully set up on your web hosting. This is all done automatically, you just have to wait for a couple of hours until it is fully functional (do not close the page until you see the message that the domain is successfully changed).
B. Enter a domain or subdomain – You can add an external domain (i.e. Bluehost domain or any other domain provider, such as HostGator, NameCheap, etc.).
Let’s continue. Select option B and type in your domain name (you can add other domains like HostGator, NameCheap, etc.).
Enter the domain name (in this article, it is bluehost-domain.com) that you want to point to your GoDaddy web hosting.
3. Check if you have entered the right domain, then hit the Change Domain button.
After several seconds, this confirmation pop-up message should appear and you can close the Change Domain window.
5. On the same page, click on the My Hosting button located in the top menu. In the drop-down menu, select the Domains option.
6. On the following page, locate the domain name you added in the previous steps. Click on the three dots next to the name of this domain. In the following drop-down menu, select the Manage DNS option.
7. That will bring you to the DNS management page.
8. Scroll down until you see NS (Name Servers), which is the NS information that we will insert into the Bluehost domain account.
Now let’s go to the Bluehost account.
9. Click on the Domains option in the right menu.
10. Click on the three dots on the right side of the domain you previously added in the GoDaddy account (see step 3). In the following drop-down menu, click on the Name Servers option.
11. You will get to the Name Servers settings page for your domain.
12. Make sure you are on the Name Servers tab.
13. Click on the Edit button.
Finally, we get to the Name Servers page.
14. In the Name Servers section, switch to Custom NS.
15. Insert NS information from GoDaddy here, include both Name Servers records here (jump to the step 7).
16. Check the NS records for any errors and hit the Save button.
NS settings for the domain are all set, but be aware that it can take 24h up to 72h for the Name Servers to be fully functional. For this time, your site could be unavailable or only partially functional.
I hope you have enjoyed this step-by-step tutorial and you found it helpful. If you have any questions related to Name Servers or other stuff about domains and websites, do not hesitate to leave a message below. I will try to help.