To make your site appear at your new URL, you’ll need to connect your domain to your web hosting provider. This requires you to update your domain name server, or DNS. Basically, that just means that you’re linking your domain to the numerical IP address where your website is actually hosted—but it’s okay if that doesn’t mean much to you because we’re going to walk you through the process.
You should already be signed into your GoDaddy account since you just bought your domain, but make sure you’re logged in and on your account page. Then go to your domain management options; you’ll find them by going to “My Products,” then “Domains,” then “Manage.”
There, you should see a page labeled “Manage DNS.” Click on that, and it will show you some (kind of boring) records about your DNS. Scroll down the page a bit until you see the “Nameservers” section. Your domain will be set to default nameservers, but you want to use custom. So select the custom option, and then two fields will appear—that’s where you’ll enter in your new DNS information.
Once you’ve entered the changes, go ahead and save, and you’re done. Don’t get too excited though—it will take a day or two for everything to update, so your website won’t show up properly at first.
For more details on changing your DNS settings, you can take a look at GoDaddy’s own guide to updating your nameservers.
If you haven’t already done so, now is the perfect time to create your business website. Maybe it’s a blog about freelancing writing, or maybe it’s an online store for your hand-whittled whistles.
Either way, the sooner you get your site up and running on the web, the sooner it can drive more customers—and profit.