Connecting a domain purchased elsewhere

 

You may use a domain purchased elsewhere for your Bookmark website provided that you subscribe to one of our membership plans. You just need to make a few changes with your Domain host.

 

You will need to change the domain’s DNS records so that they point to Bookmark’s IP address. In your domain registrar’s settings, it will look something like this:

 

 

You’ll want to change the IP address in the “Points to” column to Bookmark’s IP address, which is: 75.126.149.187.

 

If you are a tech-savvy individual, and that makes sense to you, go ahead and make the change on your domain registrar’s website.

 

If you’re like the rest of us, and that seems confusing to you, don’t worry. You have two options. You can follow this guide to walk through the process step-by-step, or you can ask your domain registrar to make the change for you.

 

 

 

Option 1: Asking your domain registrar to make the change for you

 

We recommend this option if you don’t speak geek or really cringe at the thought of changing your own settings. You can contact your domain registrar (such as Wordpress, GoDaddy, Google Domains, etc.) through their “Contact Us” option on their website.

 

Here’s what you need to tell them substitute your actual domain name where it says “mydomainname” below:


 

Hello:

I would like your assistance with a change to my domain details with your service.

 

I would like to point my domain to a website I’ve made at Bookmark.com (a website-builder service). This means I need to change my A-Records to point to Bookmark’s IP address for both “www” and my root domain.

 

Could you please change the A-records for:

www.mydomainname.com to point to 75.126.149.187 and

mydomainname.com to point to 75.126.149.187

 

This is not a request to transfer; I want to keep you as my domain registrar.

 

Thank you so much!
 

 

It can take as long as 48 hours for your host’s servers to update with the change, although it is usually only a matter of a couple of hours. Please be patient, as there is nothing you (or we at Bookmark) can do to speed up this process. The domain will start working again as soon as their updates are complete.


 

Option 2: Making the change yourself on your domain registrar’s website

 

Overview:

All websites need to have a home to hang their hat on, or to be more precise, an IP address to point their hostname to. Bookmark websites have the IP address 75.126.149.187. In order to create a website on Bookmark using the domain name you’ve already purchased, you will need to point your existing domain to the Bookmark IP address.

 

There are three pieces to this puzzle:

  1. The Hostname. There are two hostnames you need to re-direct: “www” and “*”

  2. The IP Address the hostname points to. You will be changing this number to the Bookmark IP Address, 75.126.149.187

  3. The Record Type: the record type that we need to change is “A”, also known as “A Record”.

 

These elements are usually displayed in a chart form similar to this example on domain registrar’s websites:

 

 

The tricky part is that there are many domain registries, and they all have their own interface for displaying and updating this information. We’ve prepared guides for some of the more popular domain registrars. If you see your domain registrar in this list, click on it to open the guide. If not, keep reading our general guide, below.

 

GoDaddy

Google Domains

Network Solutions

Wordpress

Domain.com

 

Step 1: Log in to your account

 

Open your domain registrar’s website and login to your account.

 

Step 2: Find the area to Manage DNS or Edit Zone Files

 

A good place to start is in “My Account” or “Manage Account”. Or, if you see an option for “My Domains” or “Domains”, try looking in there as well.

 

Within Account or Domains, you will be looking for something that allows you to change or edit the DNS or Zone Files. This might be an “Edit Domain” option, or you might have luck looking in Advanced Settings if you don’t see it right away.

 

If you can’t find it, don’t sweat it - just go back up to Option 1 above and contact your registrar to ask them to do it for you. They will know exactly how to do it in a flash, and save you a big headache.

 

If you’ve found it, you should be looking at a similar interface to this:

 

 

Make sure that you are looking at the “A Records”. You might also see “CNAME” or “AAAA” records, but don’t change them! You can verify that you’re changing the A Record by looking at the column / setting for “Type”. It should just say “A”.
 

 

Once you’ve double-checked that you’re in the A Records area, the next thing to look for is the Hostname.

 

Sometimes, as in the sample above, the registrar will list the hostnames as “*” and “www”. This is a generic way of specifying your domain name. The hostname “*” represents yourdomain.com, and the hostname “www” represents www.yourdomain.com. (substituting your actual domain name for “yourdomain”, of course). Your registrar may actually specify your domain name instead of using * or www.

 

If you’ve already selected your domain name in the navigation to get here, the hostname might be indicated as “@”. This is also quite alright. The important thing, as noted above is that you are modifying the A Record for your domain.

 

Step 3: Change the IP Address

 

Now that you’ve double-checked that you are in the right place, it’s time to change the IP Address for the two hostnames (* and www) in your A Records.

 

The IP Address is the set of numbers separated by periods, usually denoted as “Points to”. It could also be called “Destination” or “Data”.

 

Click in the IP Address’ text box and change the numbers to Bookmark’s IP Address: 75.126.149.187.

 

Double-check that you have entered the correct sequence of numbers separated by periods.

 

Finally, be sure to click the Save or Update button to save the change.

 

 

Other guides you might be interested in:

How do I remove bookmark.com from my domain?

Registering a domain through Bookmark

Redirecting your domain from GoDaddy

Redirecting your domain from Google Domains

Redirecting your domain from Wordpress

Redirecting your domain from Network Solutions

Redirecting your domain from Domain.com

 

 

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