How to Point a Domain to WPMU DEV Hosting


Pointing domains… nameservers… determining DNS… it may well all really feel daunting! Fortunately, WPMU DEV makes it straightforward, whether or not you’re working with a domain purchased from us or from one other supplier. We break all of it down on this article.

Keep studying to learn the way to simply join your area to our hosting service.

Here are the subjects we’ll be masking:

Connecting Your Domain To WPMU DEV Hosting

With our new area service just lately rolled out, you possibly can straight purchase domains and register them through WPMU DEV – wherein case we robotically do the DNS hookup (i.e., the pointing half) for you.

If you bought your area via one other DNS supplier and are internet hosting with us, the tutorial beneath will present you precisely what you want to do and clarify why that is additionally a nice alternative.

Prepping for a Change in Domain Nameservers

Nameservers are sometimes referred to because the telephone e-book of the web, sending you to the right area if you kind in a net tackle.

There are two main elements to making your web site accessible to the general public:

  1. Your area title (bought from a registrar)
  2. Nameservers (supplied via a host)

The first should level to the second to join the 2.

The registrar you bought your area from additionally has its personal nameservers (if it affords internet hosting), nevertheless in order for you them managed elsewhere you have to change the DNS data.

Doing all of it from a single location is right, because it cuts out the center agent and places the identical high quality that powers your websites behind your DNS.

DNS propagation is the time period on your website’s nameservers and different data (e.g., A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, and so on) updating throughout the net. This course of can take anyplace from a jiffy to a couple days to finalize.

If your website was already dwell, it’d change into briefly inaccessible to guests throughout the nameserver change. You may create a short-term web page with data relating to the approximate downtime, then publish it simply prior to the server change. (Remember to change it again as soon as the method is full).

It’s additionally useful to deal with nameserver modifications throughout a interval when visitors quantity is often on the low finish.

Importing Your Domain Records to WPMU DEV

Alright, we’re prepared to begin our edits. The very first thing we’re going to do is navigate to The Hub on WPMU DEV.

Click on Domains from the highest menu bar, then Connected Domains from the submenu, then the Connect Existing Domain button.

connected domains - populated and unpopulated (wpmudev)
Connecting domains in WPMU DEV’s The Hub.

The Add New Domain modal will pop up. Here you’ll enter your area title within the textual content subject – ensuring to embody the extension (e.g. .com, .web, .xyz) – then click on the blue button.

add domain (step 1)
Step 1 of two in WPMU DEV’s Add New Domain modal.

The Hub DNS Manager will run a scan for widespread DNS data, then robotically import and checklist them on your verification.

setup dns (step 2)
Verifying the scanned data to import into a WPMU DEV DNS configuration.

Here you’ll see the abstract of report data, which is able to embody:

  • Type – A, CNAME, MX, TXT
  • Hostname – @ for root; www for www. subdomain
  • Value – if report is an alias, directs, or returns
  • TTL (seconds) – Time To Live is how lengthy the DNS question caches earlier than expiring and needing a new one. (The decrease this quantity, the higher/quicker.)

You can take away any data, in order for you to exclude them from being imported, by clicking on the Trashcan icon.

You may also manually add any data which are lacking. See Add or Edit DNS Records for particulars.

If you’re in any doubt as to whether or not data needs to be added or deleted, simply attain out to support (any time, day or night time) and so they’ll fortunately stroll you thru it.

Once you’re glad with the populated DNS data, click on the blue button as soon as extra.

After the ellipsis bounce, the web page will load with the imported data particular to your area.

WPMU DEV nameservers are listed in the direction of the highest of this web page, the place you’ll see there are three of them.

wpmudev nameservers
WPMU DEV’s trio of nameservers, prepared to copy/paste into your area registry data.

Keep your Hub web page open, as we’ll be copying & pasting the nameservers within the subsequent step. (Or, do what I do, and simply copy the primary one, then change the “1” with “2” then “3” as you paste every, since these ordinal numbers are the one distinction.)

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