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Published: December 7, 2020

To ensure that users are able to visit your site via the web address or domain that you have registered, this domain needs to be connected to your web host.

In most cases, this is fairly straightforward. Most web hosts make use of cPanel, which is a standard piece of software that allows simply filling in a web form with the important information you need to make sure that your domain is connected to your host. In cases where they do not use cPanel, your web host will likely have some other similar setup; the instructions remain essentially the same.

To do this, simply log into your web host’s cPanel, go to the Domains section, and click on Addon Domains. Enter your registered domain (e.g. yourdomain.com) into the “New Domain Name” field. Enter any subdomains that you wish to use (this is optional; e.g. subdomain.yourdomain.com). Next, enter your document root (usually something like public_html/yourdomain.com).

After you have completed this, you will need to add some DNS records to your new domains. Go back to the cPanel dashboard, and make sure that your domain appears (you may need to refresh the screen). Click on DNS management, and then set up the “A” records to associate the host (e.g. yourdomain.com and/or *.yourdomain.com) with the IP address (the physical address of your account) which was provided to you with your host.

Domain names need to propagate throughout the internet; this can take anywhere from 5 minutes to 48 hours, depending on your host.

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