Pointing Nameservers, Choosing A Host

by | BiggerPockets.com

Howdy. This is the 3rd in a series of posts detailing the setup of a web based real estate investment lead generation system:

Pointing Nameservers

Once you’ve identified and purchased a domain name, the next thing you’ll want to do is point your nameservers over to your hosting account. I mess with them all the time but am really not too sure how to describe what “Nameservers” are, so let’s take a minute to google it up…

Ahh, from Wikipedia:

In computing, a name server (also spelled nameserver) consists of a program or computer server that implements a name-service protocol. It maps a human-recognizable identifier to a system-internal, often numeric, identification or addressing component.

The most prominent types of name servers in operation today are the name servers of the Domain Name System (DNS), one of the two principal name spaces of the Internet. The most important function of these DNS servers is the translation (resolution) of humanly memorable domain names and hostnames into the corresponding numeric Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, the second principle Internet name space, used to identify and locate computer systems and resources on the Internet.

To sum it up, if you want to link up your clever domain name with your hosting account, you’re going to want “point” those nameservers.

Here’s how to Point em:

  • Find out what your Nameservers are from your hosting provider. (Quickest way would be to search your host’s knowledgebase or, if you’ve got cpanel hosting they’re usually over in the left column somewhere.)
  • When managing your domain with your registrar, plug in those nameservers. It’ll look something like this:


Choosing A Host – This Real Estate Lead Generator’s Very Biased Opinion

If you don’t already have a hosting account, here’s a quick list of things to consider that I think might help you as you put together your real estate lead generation system:

  • If you’re doing anything real estate related, there are many different niches that you’ll find yourself eventually wanting to go after. As such, you might soon find yourself building a bunch of websites.
  • WordPress is the *%&^ing bomb! Period.
  • WordPress is fairly easy to install manually in about 5-10 minutes, but doing it in one click is fantastico!
  • For the beginner, CPanel Hosting with “Fantastico” installed will likely cause the least amount of headache.
  • I love Godaddy for registering domains. Don’t like them for hosting real estate wordpress sites.
  • Hostgator’s the best inexpensive hosting provider I know of. You’ll be able to hook up an unlimited number of wordpress sites and experience great support to boot.
  • Hostgator didn’t pay me to say that, I just really like them and am hoping to save some folks out there some trouble by offering the recommendation.  There are probably a number of other hosts with cpanel + fantastico that will do the trick.

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  1. If you think you’ll be building a bunch of websites, you may want to try dreamhosts.com, I pay then $120 per year and can host an unlimited number of websites/blogs, pus they make managing things like DNS real easy.

    My only affiliation with them is as a customr

  2. A much much easier way to have your nameservers pointed to your domain when registering with godaddy and hosting with hostgator is to call gd with the nameservers hg gave you and tell gd to make the change for you. Then contact hg support which is 24/7 and ask them to walk you through the install of wordpress. If you’re having too much trouble, they may even install it for you.  

    I have over 100 domains registered with gd and have always been very very happy with support. And hats off to hg for their awesome awesome support. I’ve tried other hosts and hg beats the rest hands down. They take care of issues pretty quickly with you on the phone or chat without having to submit a ticket. I hate tickets, because it always takes several days of emails back and forth with simple questions/answers to get something resolved. As a customer of hostgator, I am a walking commercial because they are sooooo good. I’ll be happy to answer any questions if anyone is curious about them.  I’m sure that is why Ryan stated up front about his not-so-unbiased recommendation. 

    -Submitted from my iPhone

  3. Fantastico really made bare bones WordPress installs quick but you still have to find a domain name, hosting, plugins, themes, and database. All in all, it can take a novice hours to set up all components. I’d recommend taking a look at page.ly. http://page.ly It includes all of the above components in a 2 minute setup. Also, it includes nightly backups and auto updates the core of WordPress.

    I am a co-founder of Page.ly and I built it because I knew there had to be an easier and faster way to create a website.

  4. WordPress websites are the way to go but some IDX feeds make them prohibitive and very expensive. The Midwest Florida IDX feed has over 90,000 records and you need to download that and process it daily to keep your database updated. You cant do that with a Godaddy account. It took my partner and I 3 months to come up with a solution that was a hybrid of WordPress to create the application we have available which is the first and only one of it’s kind but finally, real estate agents in Florida have access to WordPress real estate websites with IDX that can be indexed… If you are web savy you know having an IDX that can be indexed in your domain creates more content than you ever could in your blog. Especially if your MLS feed is serving over 90,000 listings!

    As far as changing name servers… I find it much easier to just point the A record to an IP address.

    I am not commenting to promote my company so my link is just to an example of a new wordpress site with its own IDX we just completed for a client. But I do recommend that agents get rid of those old fashioned web 1.0 sites… CMS is the way of the future and a lot of the on page SEO is built in to these applications and if it is not, you can download a plugin for it.

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