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  • Transfering a domain name?

     Aivo updated 1 month ago 2 Members · 3 Posts
  • Aivo

    Jul 7, 2020 at 5:35 am


    I'm a beginner. Just about to create my first WordPress site with Cloudways hosting. I have a domain name bought with Namecheap. My question is – to I have to transfer the domain name from Namecheap to WordPress or to Cloudways or both? If yes, how?

    Thank you!

  • Burchard

    Jul 7, 2020 at 10:51 am

    Hi Aivo,

    you do not have to transfer your domain and you might not be able to if it hasn’t been 60 days since your registered it. There will be a few additional steps to take. Also, it might not be a bad idea to keep your domain with namecheap because their renewal prices are competitive

    To keep your domain at Namecheap and use Cloudways or any other providers, a couple things have to happen:

    1. You need to update your nameservers at Namecheap. Updating your name servers will allow you to manage your DNS records on Cloudways (or a CDN).

    2. Follow the getting started guide and when you see options for “transfer an existing domain”, “purchase a domain”, or something like “I will update my nameservers at my current registrar”, you would choose the last one. Sometimes this process is automated and when you install WordPress at your hosting provider or complete the initial setup of the CDN, it will tell you what to do. It will ask you to update your name servers to something like ns1.xyzabc.net and ns2.xyzabc.net. Could be anything but you will see something with ns…… and ns….. This is what you use to change/update your nameservers at Namecheap.

    3. Assuming you installed WordPress on your new hosting account, your DNS records will need to be updated so they point to your server and a few other things but Cloudways should be pretty good with helping you set this part up.

    DNS records can be a beast if you don’t have previous experience so ideally, you want Cloudways to assist as much as possible with this. Hopefully, that helps get you started. Be sure to check the getting started guides at Cloudways first and congrats on the new site!

  • Aivo

    Jul 8, 2020 at 9:47 am

    Wow! Thank you so so much for this detailed reply 🙂

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