In today’s digital age, having a website is a must for any business or individual looking to establish a strong online presence. One of the most popular managed WordPress web hosting platforms is WordPress.com, offering a user-friendly interface and powerful tools to create a customized website.
However, if you’ve already registered your domain with OVHcloud, you’ll need to change your nameservers and point your domain to WordPress.com to get started. I’ll share a comprehensive, step-by-step guide to help you transition seamlessly in this article. Whether you’re new to web hosting or a seasoned professional, I’ve got you covered. So, let’s dive in and get started!
What are Nameservers, and How Do They Work?
Before we dive into the process of changing nameservers at OVHcloud, let’s first understand what nameservers are and how they work.
Nameservers are like phone books for the internet, translating human-readable domain names into machine-readable IP addresses. Primary and secondary nameservers work together to ensure your website is accessible to your audience.
Changing Nameservers at OVH
Are you looking to enhance your online presence with WordPress.com but don’t know where to start? One essential step in the process is connecting your domain and pointing your domain to WordPress.com.
If you’ve already registered your domain at OVHcloud and want to use it with your WordPress.com site, start by following this simple, step-by-step guide to changing name servers at OVHcloud:
Step 1: Log in to your OVH Control Panel using this direct link: https://www.ovh.com/auth/?action=gotomanager. Once you’ve logged in successfully, navigate to the ‘Domains’ menu and select the domain name you’d like to connect to your WordPress.com site.
Step 2: To start editing your domain nameservers, first head over to the ‘DNS Servers’ tab and click the ‘Modify DNS servers’ button. You’ll see a table with an input field pop-up. Now, type in the custom name servers that WordPress.com provides you. Here are the name servers you need to use:
ns1.wordpress.com ns2.wordpress.com ns3.wordpress.com
Once you’ve entered this information, hit ‘Apply configuration.’ You’ll notice the statuses for the DNS servers update in the table, reflecting the new information you just provided.
Step 3: After completing the steps mentioned above, give it some time for the changes to be fully effective. Typically, DNS changes spread across the internet within a few hours. However, it might take up to 48 hours for complete propagation.
Setting Up Your Domain at WordPress.com
After changing your nameservers at OVHcloud, the next step is to link it to your WordPress.com site. You can do this by mapping your domain to WordPress.com. Follow these steps to complete the process:
Step 1: Log into your WordPress.com and select the site.
Step 2: Go to Upgrades > Domain and click the ‘Add a Domain’ button. Select ‘Use a domain I own’ from the drop-down menu.
Step 3: Type your domain name and click the Next button. On the next screen, you will have two options: connect to map the domain.
Step 4: Complete the domain connection process by clicking the Start Setup button.
Testing and Verifying Your Setup
After completing the domain mapping setup process, it’s time for you to test and verify if everything works correctly. You can use various tools like ping, traceroute, and DNS lookup to check your domain’s status. However, the simplest way to test is by visiting the website using your domain. If it redirects you to your WordPress.com website’s free address successfully, then you’ve completed the domain connection.
After successfully connecting the domain, feel free to follow the official WordPress.com guide to set it as your site’s primary address.
If you come across any errors or issues during the process, don’t worry! A WordPress.com Happiness Engineer is always available to provide support.
Following this step-by-step guide, you can easily change nameservers at OVHcloud and point your domain to WordPress.com. Doing so will enhance your online presence and help you establish a more significant online presence.
Don’t hesitate to take action and start your online journey today. If you have any questions or comments, feel free to leave them below!