Managing GoDaddy Domains & Hosts

July 10th, 2011

One of the most frustrating things for new players of the internet world is setting up a domain to point to a host outside of where you registered your host with. GoDaddy makes that experience even more difficult unless you know where to look. Customer service is friendly and professional, but unfortunately half the time not very knowledgeable with their own products. Below are the two fundamentals on how to point your domains and sub-domains to a different host – information that even a myriad of forums out there never provided a straight answer.

^ An example of how the A Host setup should look like for your sub-domains. “leemancheng” and “winlui” are sub-domains and the “Points to” area with the IP Address is the host where they are located. As you noticed, the IP Address is the same for the Root Domain “@” and the sub-domains.

A. POINTING A DOMAIN TO ANOTHER HOST

1) Log into your Hosting account and make a note of its IP Address. Highlight and copy it if you can.
2) Log out and log into your Domain account and go to the DNS Manager.
3) Under “A Host”, where the Host is “@” click into the “Points to” area directly beside it and type or paste the IP Address you copied from your Hosting account.
4) Click “Save Zone File” at the top.

This process will point your domain to another host located elsewhere. This may take up to 24 hours to process and start up. On average, it took about 2 to 5 hours for me.

B. CREATING A SUB-DOMAIN WHERE THE ROOT DOMAIN IS HOSTED ELSEWHERE

You have no idea how much effort it took to find this out and ultimately, I had to do some experimenting on my own to get it to work.

1) Log into your Hosting account and make a note of its IP Address. Highlight and copy it if you can.
2) Go to the Domain Manager for your Hosting account and go to the domain where you want to create the sub-domain.
3) When you create your sub-domain, make sure the path contains the path of your root domain as well as the name of your sub-domain. Eg: if your root domain is called “rootdomain.com”, then the path to your sub-domain should be: /rootdomain/subdomainname – that is if you want to keep the folders for your sub-domains inside your root domain’s folder. However, if your root domain is the root hosting folder, then just use your sub-domain name for its path instead – eg: /subdomainname
4) Log out and log into your Domain account and go to the DNS Manager.
5) Under “A Host”, add a new Host entry for your sub-domain. Only add the name of the sub-domain name and not the entire sub-domain address. Eg: if your sub-domain name is “subdomainname”, then your new Host entry should be called: subdomainname and NOT subdomainname.rootdomain.com. In the “Points to” area directly beside it, type or paste the IP Address you copied from your Hosting account.
6) Click “Save Zone File” at the top.

This process should be near-instant if you already have steps 1 to 3 done. If not, it should take on average about 2 to 3 hours to setup.




One Response
  1. Augustina Says:

    Short, sweet, to the point, FREE, exactly as information should be!

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