Now usually, one is most likely going to buy a domain name alongside buying a hosting plan from Domainking, especially as most of the hosting plans comes with a free .com.ng domain. And both domain and hosting are automatically linked and your hosting is ready to use.
But it is a different ball game entirely when the domain name is registered with another registrar. I had bought a hosting plan from Domainking but the domain I intended to use with the hosting plan is registered on Godaddy. I looked through Domainking knowledgebase, nothing. I looked up Google search for “How to point or map Godaddy domain to Domainking hosting”. But nothing relevant came up. So you can imagine my dilemma?
Anyway, if you have bought a domain name from another registrar, for example Godaddy, Namecheap, 1and1, other Nigerian registrars, etc, and you want to map, setup or point the domain name to a Domainking web hosting plan, then just follow this guide:
==> Go to your domain registrar. For the purpose of this tutorial, I will be using Godaddy.
==> Now go to the domain to setup the Nameservers.
==> Change nameserver type from “Default” to “Custom”.
==> Enter Domainking Nameservers and save the changes.
Domainking default Nameservers are:
But that is for their domain names hosting, and not for their web hosting. Which means they won’t work.
The Nameservers for Domainking web hosting plans is actually:
So input these nameservers instead and save the changes.
==> Now all you gotta do is wait for about an hour for the new DNS settings (nameservers) to propagate and work properly. Then you will be able to access your hosting with your domain name.
==> If you have your domain first mapped to a blogger blog, endeavor to delete it from the blogger blog, else you will come across propagation error a lot.
It can take a few hours (24-48 hours max) for the website to come online after nameserver change as it is dependent on DNS propagation at your ISP (company that you bought your internet connection from) which can take a few hours to update the settings.
Once the DNS propagation is done, your website will start working. You can then login to your cpanel, install and activate WordPress (usually using Softaculous), setup emails if you wish, etc.