April 13, 2013 at 11:05 am #2913
I’ve decided to start a new site, and have registered a domain name with websitepalace.com and started up an account with Hostgator (using the webmaster diary promo code 🙂 ).
I read that it’s best to not have the domain and hosting with the same company.
Unfortunately, when I tried to login to cpanel all ready to start my brand new site, http://www.mydomain.com/cpanel and cpanel.mydomain.com both redirected me to my parked domain on a Website Palace page.
I can’t find any info on how to make my domain work with Hostgator. I’m hoping someone here might know what to do!April 13, 2013 at 11:22 am #2915
Hello onthefence and welcome to WebmasterDiary! 😀
First of all thanks for using my promo code. The issue you have is easy to resolve. All you have to do is to login to your domain registrar and change name servers to Hostgator’s name servers.
Check with WebsitePalace.com where do you change your name servers, switch them from NS67.DOMAINCONTROL.COM and NS68.DOMAINCONTROL.COM to Hostgator’s name servers, which were provided to you once you got Hostgator’s hosting. Once you do that, yoursite.com/cpanel will be available in a matter of hours (perhaps less).
Hope this is not very confusing 🙂 Let me know if you need anything else.April 13, 2013 at 1:47 pm #2920
Thanks for helping me work out this issue! I’m pretty sure I’ve got it sorted now.
It took me a while, but I looked through the Website Palace website and my account, and eventually found where I could change the nameservers. I found the ones to change to in my very first account info email from Hostgator.
Now I just have to wait a day or two for it to take effect.April 13, 2013 at 1:53 pm #2921
Great news, onthefence! If you need anything let me know.
Wish you lots of success with your new site! 😀March 30, 2015 at 9:43 pm #5343
That’s my granddaughter’s name! Anyway, I’m following your paid tutorial. I have a question about the hosting section.
You said to type in my SBI domain without the WWW. But, won’t Google see this as a duplicate site? I read somewhere that we should use a temporary domain. I’m confused. Will eliminating the WWW perform as a temporary domain name? Will I be able to change it back to WWW when the migration is completed? Please help! Thanks!!March 30, 2015 at 9:53 pm #5345
Hello gmassard :))
Your granddaughter’s name is Elena too? 🙂 There are several versions of this name, but as far as I know Elena is original Greek name. My dad called me this name for Helen of Troy who we refer to as “Elena” in our language. The family couldn’t agree on name for me so I spent the first month of my life without any name and was just referred as “child” 😀 Then my father took charge, registered me under this name and announced it to the family after the fact. They had to accept!
Don’t worry about WWW. When you are purchasing Hostgator account, you should enter domain only. WWW before domain is not set there. It is set in your WordPress database as you will see very soon in the beginning of the tutorial.
Also you WILL be building on IP address (or temporary domain as you referred to it). It’s exactly what you will be doing. We never encountered any issues building this way but if you like, there is a way to block Google from indexing your site while you build it. I didn’t include this in tutorial because the probability of Google indexing it and punishing you for duplicate issues is so much less than probability that you will forget to unblock your site when you are done. But if you want, you can block Google right from your WordPress dashboard (when you install it) by going to Settings –> Reading and checking “Discourage search engines from visiting this site” box. You should remember to unblock it before switching name servers though.
Don’t worry, I have it all covered. I am so obsessed with my own websites, I thought through every little detail when writing this. All your URLs will be exactly same with www. before domain and .html at the end. There will be no duplicate issues. You only have to be careful to keep all links as they were.
If you need anything, let me know. And thank you for your purchase!
Good luck with your transfer.
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