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

This article will show you how you can point your domain name to an IP address.

By pointing your domain name to your IP address, you will allow any potential visitors to view your website. To do this, you’ll need to create an A Record, which will allow you to point your domains and subdomains to a specific IP address.

An A record (or Address record) specifies which IP address is assigned to a particular domain. You can even have multiple A records for the same domain so that you have a backup. In this case, a new record is returned for each query. This is particularly important for large scalable systems.

You will need to set your DNS at your nameserver provider. For more information on how to do this, 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 any nameserver changes to become active.

Once this has been done, select one of the headings below to see your next steps:

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

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Start by logging in to your 123 Reg Control Panel.

 

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From there, select your desired domain from the drop-down menu within the Manage Active Products section and click Manage.

Alternatively, you can scroll down to the Domain names section and select the relevant domain name from the drop-down menu. Once selected, click Manage.

Select Manage

 

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Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click Manage DNS.

Click Manage DNS

 

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Select the Advanced DNS tab near the top.

 

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On the next page, create a new record with the following information:

  • In the Type field, select A from the drop-down list
  • In the Hostname field, enter www
  • In the Destination IPv4 address field, enter the IP address the domain will point to

Once you’ve entered your details, select Add to complete the process.

Enter details

Please note: it will take between 4-8 hours for any DNS records to become active, provided you didn’t also change the nameservers.

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 or www.example.com into their browser and be directed to your IP address of choice.

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If, however, this record is to replace an existing one, you can delete the original record by selecting its Delete icon.

 

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How can I point a subdomain to an IP address?

To point your subdomain to an IP address, you will need to do the following:

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From there, select your desired domain from the drop-down menu within the Manage Active Products section and click Manage.

Alternatively, you can scroll down to the Domain names section and select the relevant domain name from the drop-down menu. Once selected, click Manage.

Select Manage

 

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Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click Manage DNS.

Click Manage DNS

 

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Select the Advanced DNS tab near the top.

Advanced DNS

 

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On the next page, create a new record with the following information:

  • In the Type field, select A from the drop-down list
  • In the Hostname field, enter your chosen subdomain

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

Once you’ve entered your details, select Add to complete the process.

Enter subdomain details

Please note: it will take between 4-8 hours for any DNS records to become active, provided you didn’t also change the nameservers.

You can create a Wildcard record alongside your original A Record by entering a * symbol, instead of your chosen subdomain. This will mean that people can enter any.mydomain.com into their browser and be directed to the same place as store.mydomain.com, since they’re pointing to the same IP address.