How do I point my domain name to an IP address?


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How do I point my domain name to an IP address?

These step by step instructions will show you how you can point your domain name to an IP address, allowing the visitors to your domain name to view the website you want them to view.

To point your domain to your host's IP address you will need to do the following:

Firstly, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to our nameservers:

  • ns.123-reg.co.uk
  • ns2.123-reg.co.uk

If the domain is not pointed to the 123-reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123-reg control panel.

For more information on changing your nameservers please view the following article:
How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

Please Note: It will take between 24 - 48 hours for the new DNS records to become active.

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Login to your 123-reg control panel.

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In the Domain names section, select the relevant domain name in the drop-down list and click on the Manage button.

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Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click on the Manage DNS (A, MX, CNAME, TXT) link.

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From the Advanced DNS tab.

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Select A from the Type drop down list in the Add new entry section.

What is an A record?

An A record (or 'address record') specifies which IP is assigned to a particular domain. This entry doesn’t necessarily have to be made - a domain can for example be used only for mail services – so an A record for this domain is not necessary.

Alternatively, more than one record can be entered for each domain. In this case, a new record is returned for each query. This is particularly important for large scalable systems.


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In the Hostname field enter www

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In the Destination IPv4 address field enter the IP address the domain will point to.

Please note: You can also create a Blank Record alongside your original A Record by entering an @ symbol instead of www. This will mean that people can enter example.com into their browser and be directed to your IP address, whereas entering www will mean that the user will have to enter www.example.com.

In many cases, both records are used, meaning that the user can enter either www.example.com or just example.com


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Click on the Add new entry button to save the new record.

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If this record is to replace an existing record you can delete the original record by pressing the delete button.


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How can I point a subdomain to an IP address?

This answer will explain how you can point a subdomain name to an IP Address.

You can redirect your subdomain to another website by following the below instructions. This is useful if you have content on a different website, for example, you may have an Amazon store set up, and want to direct people there using the subdomain store.mydomain.com

Please Note: It will take between 24 - 48 hours for the new DNS records to become active.


Firstly, you need to ensure your domain is pointed to our nameservers:

  • ns.123-reg.co.uk
  • ns2.123-reg.co.uk

If the domain is not pointed to the 123-reg nameservers, you will be unable to manage them from the 123-reg control panel.

For more information on changing your nameservers please view the following article:
How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

To point your subdomain to your host's IP address you will need to do the following:

1

Login to your 123-reg control panel.

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In the Domain names section, select the relevant domain name in the drop-down list and click on the Manage button.

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Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click on the Manage DNS (A, MX, CNAME, TXT) link.

Advanced Domain settings

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From the Advanced DNS tab.

Advanced DNS

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Select A from the Type drop down list in the Add new entry section.

Create A Record

Please note: You can also create a Blank Record alongside your original A Record by entering an @ symbol instead of www. This will mean that people can enter example.com into their browser and be directed to your IP address, whereas entering www will mean that the user will have to enter www.example.com.

In many cases, both records are used, meaning that the user can enter either www.example.com or just example.com


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In the Hostname field enter your chosen subdomain i.e mail.

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In the Destination IPv4 address field enter the IP address the subdomain will point to.

Destination IPV4 address

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Click on the Add new entry button to save the new record.