Gap Year 2017

Domain Name Pointing Basics for Small Business Owners

When you are having trouble accessing your new website, don’t call tech support yet. It may be a simple domain pointing problem. After registering your domain name, the next step you must make is to make sure that you point your domain name to the nameservers of your host. The nameserver is usually denoted by NS1.yourhost.com and NS2.yourhost.com – the NS part is simply the acronym for NameServer.

After you successfully bought a webhosting account, your webhosting provider will usually send you an email containing all the important information regarding your account – they will also include the NameServers to which you must point your domain name to.

In case you got too excited and forgot to point your domain name, the worst thing that could happen is that your website will not be found. A business website that cannot be found… hmm.. That’s money going down the drain.

If you forgot to point your domain, your email address in that domain e.g.

won’t work because, well, they can’t be found.

You do not need to worry however, pointing your domain to your host’s nameservers is easy. You simply logon to your domain account and pick the modify domain command and substitute it with values that your host has given you… then wait 2 days max (domain propagation)

There you have it, keep your cool if you cannot access or find your new website, you may have just gotten too excited and forgot to point your domain to your hosts nameservers.