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Connect a Bluehost Domain with Wix

Connect a Bluehost Domain to Wix

This Bluehost-Wix domain mapping guide is a 2-part integration process.

The first part requires you to Add your custom domain through Wix website while the second part is for you to Configure the DNS through Bluehost or your DNS provider.

The second part varies depending who’s hosting the DNS of your domain, but in a nutshell, you need to create DNS records like A record and CNAME(Pointing method) or redirect your domain to Wix name servers(DNS method).

Don’t get confused. The Pointing and DNS methods are terms used by Wix, but those have different meaning for other providers.

If you’re a beginner, I recommend to use DNS method. This way, the Wix support team can help you with DNS and website concerns at the same time.

Redirecting your domain to Wix nameservers will allow them to host the DNS and easily configure it on your behalf.

But if you’re already comfortable or have a lot of experience managing the DNS on your own, then you may use the Pointing method instead.

Before you begin:
You must upgrade your Wix site to a Premium Plan before you can connect your domain.

Part 1: Add Your Custom Domain through Wix

  1. Go to the Domains page in your Wix account.
  2. Click Connect a domain you already own. Note: If you already have a domain in your account, click Add an Existing Domain, then select Connect a domain you already own.
  3. Select the site you want to connect your domain to and click Next.
  4. Enter the domain name.
  5. Click DNS next to Connection Method at the bottom of the page.
  6. Select DNS or Pointing.
  7. Click Confirm.
  8. Click Next.

Wix will display the necessary CNAME and A record or Name servers where you can point your domain name to.

Pointing method:

link domain to Wix DNS

DNS / Name servers method:

link domain to Wix nameservers

These are just examples, you may see different values for your account.  

Part 2: Configure DNS Through Bluehost or DNS provider

If your domain is using Bluehost name servers, you may proceed with the the steps below. If not, check who’s hosting the DNS of your domain to know where you can configure the DNS settings.

The first step to managing your DNS records is to access the Zone Editor. The steps vary depending on what type of account you are using:

Pointing method:

Bluerock

1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.

2. Click the Domains tab from the side navigation menu to the left.

3. Next to the domain name you wish to update, click the ▼ icon next to Manage, then choose DNS from the drop-down menu that appears.

Connect a Bluehost domain to Wix

4. Scroll down to locate the record type you wish to update, and click the Add Record button.

  • In the Host Record field, enter the desired record name (ex. example.com).
  • In the Points To field, enter the address that the record should resolve to (ex. 23.236.62.127).
  • Leave the TTL field at its default setting
  • Other fields may appear depending on the type of record you are creating (A record/type).

5. Click on the Save button to add the record. Repeat the same steps to add the CNAME record. If there’s an existing CNAME for www, make sure to delete it first before proceeding.

Legacy

1. Log in to your Bluehost control panel.

2. Click the Domains tab from the navigation menu that stretches across the top of your screen.

3. Click the Zone Editor from the sub-menu.

4. Select the domain you’re modifying from the drop-down box.

5. Scroll down to the heading named Add DNS Record.

  • In the Host Record field, enter the desired record name (ex. example.com).
  • In the Points To field, enter the address that the record should resolve to (ex. 23.236.62.127).
  • Leave the TTL field at its default setting
  • Other fields may appear depending on the type of record you are creating (A record/type).

6. Click on the Add Record button to create the record. Repeat the same steps to add the CNAME record. If there’s an existing CNAME for www, make sure to delete it first before proceeding.

DNS / Name servers method:

Once you have logged into your Bluehost account:

Bluerock

1. Click the Domains tab from the side navigation menu to the left.

2. Next to the domain name you wish to update, click the ▼ icon next to Manage, then choose DNS from the drop-down menu that appears.

3. Select the DNS tab.

Connect a Bluehost domain to Wix through DNS

4. In the Name Servers section, click the Edit button.

5. For Setup Type, select the Custom Nameservers toggle, and enter the nameservers for your account.

  • ns4.wixdns.net
  • ns5.wixdns.net (these are just example Wix name servers)

6. Click the Save button to save changes when finished.

connect a bluehost domain to wix via Name servers

Legacy

1. Click the Domains tab from the navigation menu at the top of the screen.

2. Scroll down to the Domain Management boxes towards the bottom right-hand corner of the page.

3. Make sure that the correct domain has a checkmark next to it in the “please select a domain” (bottom left) box.

4. Click the name servers tab in the “domain summary” (bottom right) box.

5. Select the Use Custom Nameservers toggle, and enter the nameservers for your account.

  • ns4.wixdns.net
  • ns5.wixdns.net (these are just example Wix name servers)

6. Click the save nameserver settings button to save changes when finished.

 

Verify Your Domain Connection

Once you’ve updated your domain’s DNS records, return to the Domains page in your Wix account and click Verify Connection.

Due to DNS propagation delay, you may not be able to verify the domain connection immediately.

Connect Your Bluehost Domain with Wix - Verify domain connection

 

DNS Propagation

All DNS changes may take up 48 hours to fully take effect online so you may not see the changes you just did in the domain name. Give it more time to propagate in the entire internet.

Assuming that the DNS was properly configured, it’s just a matter of time before your domain connects with Wix.

 

Check this out if you have another domain from a third party domain registrar you wish to connect with Wix from a different 3rd-party domain registrar.

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