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How to update name servers

This post is part of the Blogging Noob 101 series


These simple instructions apply to the following situation:

You have 1) Purchased a new domain name and 2) You have prepaid for the web hosting account to be used with this domain name. Next, your new domain name must somehow be associated with the web hosting space you purchased. That’s what these steps are for.

Prerequisites & requirements

You must know the name server settings (e.g., the values of the variable “name server”). There are usually two values: a name server 1 and a name server 2. If you don’t have this information, it’s quite easy to obtain. The required name server settings can be obtained from your web host; simply refer to their web site or telephone their tech support department. (Also, the name server settings are likely described in an email sent to you by your web hosting company when you signed up.)

Although there are exceptions, the most popular naming conventions used for name servers are NS1.hostingcompany.com and NS2.hostingcompany.com.

The simple steps

  1. Login to your domain registrar[1]
  2. Choose Domain Manager
  3. From the list of domain names in your account, select the applicable domain name
  4. Update the two (2) name server variables with the values you obtained from your web host

If you would prefer your webmaster or web developer to take care of this for you, then he would need your login info (the "credentials") to your domain registrar account.

GoDaddy instructions

Follow these instructions to change the name servers for your new domain name registered at GoDaddy.

1. Go to the GoDaddy.com home page
2. Login to your account
3. Go to the Domain Manager for the list of your domain names (All Products -- Domains -- Domain management)
4. Place a check mark in the box the left of the domain name you want to configure (Allows various domain variables and options to be selected and configured)
5. Click on Nameservers -- Set Nameservers
6. Change the first two existing name servers to the name server variables provided by your web host (e.g., NS1.BLUEHOST.COM, NS2.BLUEHOST.COM)

That’s it! Now the updated name server information must propagate across the web. While this can sometimes take over an hour, it usually happens in five or ten minutes (or even less).

Bluehost instructions

Follow these instructions to add your new domain name to your existing Bluehost web hosting account. This can only be done after the name servers have been updated properly at GoDaddy and after the new settings have propagated.

1. Login to Bluehost
2. Choose Domain Manager
3. Click on Assign a domain to your cPanel account

Assign domain steps

1. Choose the second option: Use a domain that is not already associated with your account. (unless the domain name is already associated with your account for some reason); Type your new domain name into the second field
2. Verify Ownership

Bluehost now conducts a quick automatic search to determine name servers. If the name server information has propogated, then you will be allowed to continue setting it up. If not, you will have to give the new name server values (the ones you entered into GoDaddy in the applicable steps above) additional time to propogate. Once the name servers are set correctly and have propogated, continue with the setup:

Choose Addon Domain (unless you just want to park it)
Choose Addon Directory and Sub-domain
• The directory should exactly match your domain name without the .com (or .org, .net, or other extension); all lowercase, no spaces
• The sub-domain should be the same as the addon directory


[1] Domain registrar

Domain registrar is a fancy name for the site/company you used to buy the applicable domain name(s). An example of a popular domain registrar would be GoDaddy.com, which happens to be this blogger’s preferred domain registrar.

Resources: How to update name servers

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First, we must login to your domain registrar (in your case, probably GoDaddy.com) and then associate your new domain name with the web hosting account. To accomplish this, we simply update the name servers (aka “nameservers”) associated with your domain.

as follows: (NOTE: The IP addresses provided below are only FYI; the IP addresses are generally NOT required)
1. ns1.bluehost.com (IP address:
2. ns2.bluehost.com (IP address:

How to implement a new website

early MTV logosBackground: This short list of simple instructions was created for Kevin Sizemore, who found one of our web design and development services websites and asked us how to implement a brand new website he had recently created.

Here are the basics for setting up a website you’ve built. In creating these how to implement a new website instructions, it was necessary to make certain assumptions regarding your current level of expertise.

In the event you’d prefer us to take care of this, we — Nashville SEO & Web Content — will be happy to implement your new website for only $75 + out-of-pocket costs.
[ Nashville photo by Kelly Stewart ]

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  1. Buy a domain name at GoDaddy.com (Cost: $11/yr.)
  2. Buy web hosting space at Bluehost (affordable and reliable web hosting service) (Cost: $9/mo.)
  3. Login to your domain registrar (I use GoDaddy.com); update the name servers to point to your new web hosting account (Bluehost nameservers are NS1.BLUEHOST.COM and NS2.BLUEHOST.COM)
  4. Login to your web hosting account (Bluehost) and set up your new domain using the Domain Manager. Within an hour or two of updating this setting, the site should come up when anyone tries to visit your new domain.
  5. While logged in to your account at Bluehost, create an FTP (File Transfer) account so you can upload files; see the Files section – choose FTP Accounts
  6. Use an FTP client (e.g., FileZilla – it’s free) to move the website folders & files from your local PC to the web server; here’s more information about FileZilla
  7. Name the file representing your home page index.htm (or index.html – I prefer to use .htm); this is the page your website visitors will automatically be shown first.

MAD Magazine cover - funnyThat should do it!

The list above is the simplest way I could possibly break it down and describe the steps in a reasonable amount of time. I hope this helps.

NOTE: An alternative to #3 and 4 above is to use Bluehost’s online FTP tool, called File Manager; however, if you are going to be making updates, adding images, etc., it’s really better to go ahead and set up your own FTP account.

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Action Sports Photo: Setting up WordPress Photocrati theme

logo - Photocrati - premium WordPress theme for photographers

Today we started setting up Steve’s new WordPress installation at Action Sports Photo. We uploaded and installed his new premium WordPress theme, Photocrati.

I gathered the photos for the home page filmstrip into a new images folder called filmstrip, used FastStone Photo Resizer to adjust all the photos in batch mode to 640px on the long side. The image files were reduced from around 900K to around 60K each. The filmstrip is now comprised of 11 files (there were 12 originally, but one photo was sent twice). I renamed the photos and also got rid of spaces and caps.

Frasier’s punch list

Dieringer’s punch list

  1. Set up Jetpack on your new blog. (Instructions: Login to your new ASP blog, select Jetpack – Connect to WordPress.com – Enter your credentials; this will enable the powerful & useful Jetpack plugin, allowing you to see visitor stats for your blog.)

Saturday, August 06, 2011