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How To Link A Domain

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If you already have a cool domain name purchased with another company, no worries,  you can still use it with your Gator website.

The process of linking or pointing a domain is relatively simple and carried out through the control panel with the company you bought the Domain through.

Pro Tip: Thinking of transferring your domain instead? Check out The difference between Linking and Transferring article for more information about both processes. 

Before contacting the other company, though, you’ll want to run through the following steps:

  1. Log in to your account and select Domains from the left-hand menu section.

  2. You’ll see two options: Search for a domain name or Already Own a Domain?


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  4. If you haven't already, you may be prompted to Upgrade Your Account to Link a third-party Domain.

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  5. If you already have a paid package, (Or once you confirm payment of a new website package), a pop-up will appear for you to enter in the domain name you'd like to link.

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  6. Next, there are some instructions for you to take to your current registrar account:

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  7. Read through and complete the steps until you reach the Summary screen:

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  8. Click Finish to submit your changes to Gator.

Next, connect your domain from your current Registrar.

Complete the following from your domain registrar:

  1. Log in to your account with the company you registered your domain through.

  2. Locate the DNS management section in your dashboard/control panel.

  3. You’re looking to Add an A Record that points to our IP address.

  4. Once you link your domain to your account, visit Manage Domains to assign it to a site.

Pro Tip: Always refer to your domain registrar's instructions on how to complete this process. Make sure your website is published when trying to link a domain. Once complete, you’ll want to allow 48 hours for the details to be updated and take effect on your site before troubleshooting.