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How to Point Domain or Subdomain Name to Hosting Package

Important: For instructions on getting started with your Web Hosting, please refer to How Do I Get Started with Web Hosting?

Congratulations on securing your domain name! Now, it's time to make your website visible to the world. But how do you point your domain to your hosting package? Don't worry—this process is easier than you think!

Learning how to point your domain or subdomain name to your hosting package can feel overwhelming. So, this guide will help you understand the process and feel confident doing it yourself. We'll explain how to connect your domain and subdomain name to your website's file.

In this article, we will discuss:

What is Domain Pointing?

Domain pointing involves directing a domain name to a specific server by updating DNS settings, typically the A record for an IP address or a CNAME record for another domain. This process is managed through your domain registrar's control panel.  

Changes usually propagate across the Internet within 48 hours, allowing the domain to lead visitors to its new website location.

Why Do You Need to Point Your Domain?

Directory Pointers allow you to assign additional domains that point directly to another folder on your Web Server. You can build a separate website within separate folders, which lets you host multiple websites on one hosting package. Other reasons also include:

  • Website activation: To make your website accessible via your domain name, you need to point the domain to the server where your website is hosted.
  • Brand consistency: Using a custom domain that matches your brand enhances professional appearance and credibility. You can use our AI Domain Name Generator tool to help create the perfect domain name that matches your business.
  • Email services: Pointing your domain allows you to use branded email addresses that align with your domain, further supporting your brand identity.
  • Traffic routing: If you have multiple domains, you can direct them all to a single website, which can simplify marketing efforts and improve user experience.
  • Hosting flexibility: If you change your web hosting service, pointing your domain to the new host’s server ensures that your domain name remains the same even if your hosting provider changes.

Point Domain or Subdomain Name

Follow these steps to point your domain or subdomain to hosting files:

  1. Log in to your https://www.web.com/my-account/login.
  2. Click Hosting on the left side of the page.
    Account Manager - Hosting Tab
    If you have multiple Hosting packages in your account, click MANAGE next to the package you want to access.
  3. Once you are in your Web Hosting Control Panel, go to Assign/Edit Your Domain.
    Web Hosting Control Panel - Assign/Edit Your Domain
  4. Click Assign New.
    Web Hosting Control Panel - Assign New
  5. Select a Domain from the drop-down and click Select.
    • If your domain is not listed, select –Add domain not listed, then click Select. Manually type in the domain name and click Select. Be sure to follow the instructions displayed to configure the DNS to point correctly to your site.
    • If you have not registered a domain yet, you can purchase and register a new domain by clicking BUY MORE PRODUCTS on the bottom left navigation menu. Once the domain is registered, start over from the beginning of the step 2 instructions.
  6. Click the /htdocs (UNIX) or /www (Windows) drop-down and select the desired folder.
    The drop-down scans the server for all folders and lists any there. If you want to create a new folder, select the option to – Add directory not listed, then click the Select button. Type in your desired folder/directory name, then click Select.
    Note: You will need to create the same folder on the server using FTP.
  7. Follow the succeeding screen prompts to complete the process.
Info: The root directory is the highest-level directory in a hosting package. In our hosting packages, this would be the highest-level directory folder you are able to access and write to.

Unix Hosting

For users who have Unix Hosting, the root is: /htdocs
Windows Hosting

Windows Hosting

For users who have Windows Hosting, the root is: /www
Unix Hosting

Review

Congratulations on taking the first step towards building your online presence! Now that you've conquered how to point your domain to your hosting, you're well on your way to launching a website that can be found by potential visitors. Remember, a well-optimized website with high-quality content is key to attracting organic traffic through search engines.

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