There are two big steps to take
- Informing HotDoodle about the new domain. See how to do this.
- Pointing the domain to HotDoodle
If your domain is registered with Yahoo, here are the steps to cause your domain to reference towards your HotDoodle site.
Note: Yahoo might change their interface, so these screen shots are simply an example
Visit http://domains.yahoo.com and create an account for yourself.
After your Small Business account is created, login with your Yahoo ID and Password.
Go to the Domain Control Panel and click Manage Advanced DNS Settings.
Next, there are two ways to keep the name servers up to date
- The Easy Way: Use the HotDoodle name servers and we will update these records automatically to work with your site and email.
- The Hard Way: Use the name server of the company that sold you the domain and update the Cname, Aname, and MX records by hand.
We strongly encourage the easy way. Besides simplicity, one key advantage is that if we ever need to move to a different internet address we will make the changes automatically.
Doing it the Easy Way: Use HotDoodle Nameservers
Unlock Your Domain: To change your nameservers you first have to unlock the domain.
Yahoo will take you through 2 or three more screens making sure that you want to unlock the domain. Continue clicking the unlock domain button until they finally unlock your domain.
Important: When the domain is finally unlocked Yahoo will have taken you away from the domain management screens. Click on the 'Domain Control Panel' link, found in the top left area.
Once again, click Manage Advanced DNS Settings.
Click Change Nameservers.
Now you can enter the HotDoodle Nameservers.
The values you want are:
Click the OK button and the task of pointing the domain to your Hotoodle site is done!
Doing It the Hard Way: Adjusting Yahoo's Records by Hand
We strongly recommend that you do NOT do things this way and that you use the easy way shown above instead. However, if you insist on using their name servers, here is what you would set.
Do NOT do any of this if you have done things the easy way.
Stop, go home, you are done with the domain side of things!
(But you still have to tell HotDoodle about the domain. See the "Telling HotDoodle" page.)
Finding Your Site's IP Address
At the bottom of the Config Domains screen is a message such as the following:
This site is hosted on 198.66.xxx.xxx
The address you find there is the address you will use in the next step.
You need to edit your "A" records and enter your site's IP address found by the above procedure.
(Note: this is not what you see in the pictures)
Enable Email: You also need to edit your mx records if your domain will be supporting email. You want to point the record to main.yourdomainname.com. The example below is for http://nilesunity.com
Save and Wait
It takes time for the change to take effect in the internet. We have seen times range from 20 minutes to 1 day although the internet standard allows up to 4 days for such a change.