How to Point a Domain Name to Hostinger
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How to Point a Domain Name to Hostinger

Knowing how to point a domain to Hostinger is important if you’re using our server but bought the domain from somewhere else. Keep on reading as this tutorial will show you how to connect the name to our service.

Before starting this tutorial, take into account that DNS changes can take up to 24 hours to fully propagate worldwide.

Video Tutorial

If you prefer reading, check out the instructions below.

How to Point a Domain Name to Hostinger

Hostinger’s nameservers:

  • ns1.dns-parking.com
  • ns2.dns-parking.com

There are two main ways to point a domain name to Hostinger:

  • Changing the nameservers at your domain name registrar. This method is recommended since your DNS zone will be automatically configured to match the hosting’s IP Address. Plus, it enables you to transfer the control of your domain settings to our hPanel, making management convenient.
  • Pointing the domain name via A record. This method requires you to change the IP address connected to the DNS records. That way, your domain control stays in the registrar. Unless you’re sure the IP address is going to be static, this procedure is not recommended.

This guide shows how to point a domain name if it’s NOT registered with Hostinger. For a general tutorial on pointing a domain name to another provider, check out this tutorial.

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Changing Domain Nameservers (Recommended)

The process of changing nameservers on various registrars is quite similar. Here’s what you need to do to point your domain name to Hostinger:

  1. Find the nameservers for your Hostinger account. You can do this by accessing hPanel’s DNS Zone Editor and scrolling down to find NS (Nameservers). We use four nameservers to ensure stability and maximum connectivity. So if one nameserver failed, others would resolve the requests.
  2. All nameservers correspond to an IP address, which you can locate by scrolling up to the A (Host) section. While in most cases you only need the names, some registrars may require the IP as well.
    How to find your IP address in hPanel's A Records.
  3. Log in to your domain registrar’s control panel. If you’ve forgotten the name of the registrar’s company, use whois lookup.
  4. Go to the DNS Zone Editor. Depending on the registrar, it can be named differently. The most common ones are DNS editor, Manage DNS Settings, Change Nameservers, DNS Details, etc.
  5. Delete all values from the nameserver fields (if any) and input Hostinger’s nameservers. Save changes.

Allow up to 24 hours for DNS to fully propagate worldwide.

Pointing a Domain Name via A Record

As mentioned earlier, it’s an alternative you can try if you wish to keep the control of your DNS zone at your domain’s registrar. It consists of two primary steps:

Step 1: Changing A Records

A Record maps a domain name to its appropriate IP address. Therefore, if you want to point your domain name to Hostinger, you can modify these records by replacing the old IP address with the one from Hostinger.

In most cases, you have to create two A records for your domain name: one with the www subdomain and one without.

For instance, if you have a domain named yourdomain.com and want to point it to 212.1.212.62 as its IP address, you need to create A Record entries that look like this:

Pointing cPanel's A Record to Hostinger

It’s also possible that your www subdomain is pointed via the CNAME (alias) record. In that case, you only have to change the A record for your root domain name.

Don’t worry if you see a slightly different view at your registrar. Just fill in the values that look similar to the ones shown above. Each field stands for:

  • Name/Host – the domain or the subdomain you want to point to. Some registrars use @ symbol instead of a name to represent the root domain.
  • TTL – short for Time to Live. It determines how long the server caches DNS-related information before refreshing it. The default value is usually 14400 seconds (4 hours).
  • Type – record type.
  • Record/Address – the target IP address.

Step 2: Changing MX Record for Email

MX record specifies mail servers that handle incoming emails. If you want to use Hostinger servers to receive emails sent to your domain, you need to change your domain’s MX record.

At Hostinger, the MX record can be found in DNS Zone Editor as well.

How to find the MX record in hPanel.Take note of the mail server’s address. After that, open your domain’s MX record and replace the old mail server:Pointing cPanel's MX Record to Hostinger

  • Name – your domain name.
  • Priority – if you have more than one server, this field determines the priority of each server. The lowest number represents the highest priority.
  • Type – record type.
  • Address/Points to – destination/address of the server responsible for receiving emails.

Conclusion

By finishing this tutorial, we have learned the two ways to point a domain name to Hostinger. The first is by changing the nameservers, and the second is by changing your registrar’s A Record.

We recommend the first option as it automatically sets your domain with our IP Address so you don’t have to go to another hassle if it changes one day.

So what do you think? Which method will you choose? Let us know in the comments below!

The Author

Author

Domantas G. / @domantas

Domantas leads the content and SEO teams forward with fresh ideas and out of the box approaches. Armed with extensive SEO and marketing knowledge, he aims to spread the word of Hostinger to every corner of the world. During his free time, Domantas likes to hone his web development skills and travel to exotic places.

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medza Reply

April 30 2019

Hi, your explanation is very detailed, relevant and easy to understand. I made the right decision to host my website with Hostinger. Thank you. Have a great day, every day.

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    emmayoung

    Replied on January 29 2020

    We are happy you host your website with Hostinger too :) Have a great day.

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Javier Escobar Reply

July 11 2019

This post was super helpful! Thanks!

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Angu Ransom Reply

November 11 2019

Thanks for the post. Just got clarified after facing some issues with setting up domain on Name cheap to work here. Its all find now.

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shilpa Reply

February 23 2020

hello,I need urgent advice. I have the domain name and hosting with Godaddy. That will get expire very soon. I want to transfer to here in hostinger.how to do it.

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    emmayoung

    Replied on March 12 2020

    Hi Shilpa, Follow this to help you :)

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Subhansh Reply

April 30 2020

which is the nameserver that i am supposed to put after I delete the previous ones. please help I am not getting any reply from your help centers and my website is closed for more than week.

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    Andrius S.

    Replied on May 04 2020

    Hey, in order to point a domain to Hostinger you need to add these nameservers: ns1.dns-parking.com ns2.dns-parking.com Let me know if it worked!

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Ankit Reply

May 02 2020

i have a hostinger domain but i want to transfer my domain on infinity web hosting ffor web hosting so, how i can do that

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    Andrius S.

    Replied on May 04 2020

    Hey, in order to point your domain to another host follow this tutorial

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tvp Reply

May 05 2020

my website is pendig

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    Andrius S.

    Replied on May 05 2020

    Hey, DNS changes can take up to 24 hours to fully propagate worldwide.

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Faiz Rabbani Reply

July 05 2020

When I took up hosting, I got a free domain. but this time I was not able to setup this domain.

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    Tomislav T.

    Replied on July 07 2020

    Hey, Faiz! You can message our support team for this. I am sure they can help you out with it :)

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minimosoul Reply

July 06 2020

Is there the next step tutorial after we change the DNS in another site? Right now i am done changing the nameserver, what happened after? How do we point this so we can start installing the WordPress in the hostinger with the new pointed domain?

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    Tomislav T.

    Replied on July 07 2020

    Hey there minimosoul! :) After you point the domain to our nameservers, give it up to 24 hours for the DNS propagation to be complete. Then you can follow this guide here to install WordPress and start building.

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paola Reply

July 11 2020

I changed the settings as it indicates on the tutorial( with the name servers) , am I supposed to see my domain anywhere in the hpanel?

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    Tomislav T.

    Replied on July 14 2020

    Hey Paola! :) If you haven't added your domain to the plan you will need to first add the domain to your plan. Once you do that - you will be able to see it in the panel itself, and within 24 hours of the nameservers being changed like in the tutorial, you will be able to see the content you've uploaded under that domain name in the panel! :)

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Tomislav T. Reply

July 14 2020

Hey there Ahmad! :) You can just go to the parking menu again, and you will see a list of parked domains. You can just click "Delete" :)

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