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Connect Hostgator Domain with Wix

Connecting a Hostgator domain with Wix 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 Hostgator or your DNS provider.

The second part varies depending who’s hosting the DNS of your domain. But to make a long story short, you either need to add Wix DNS resource records like A record and CNAME(Pointing method) or redirect your domain to Wix name servers(DNS method).

I’m using the terms Pointing method and DNS methods based on Wix vocabulary, 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 / A and CNAME

Connect Hostgator to Wix via DNS

DNS method / Name servers

Connect Hostgator to Wix via nameservers

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

 

Part 2: Configure DNS via Hostgator or DNS provider

This part is where you need to add the A and CNAME record or redirect the domain to Wix name servers.

This can be done either directly through Hostgator or through a DNS provider where you domain points to.

 

Pointing method / A and CNAME

You should edit or add Wix A and CNAME records. Here are example Wix resource records:

Host NameTypeData
@ (domain.com)A23.236.62.147
www (www.domain.com)CNAMEwww170.wixdns.net

To create an A and CNAME records, please follow these steps:

A Record

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Domains section, click Advanced DNS Zone Editor.

    Connect Hostgator Domain to Wix - HostGator cPanel DNS Advanced Zone Editor

  3. Select the domain from the dropdown menu that you wish to use
  4. Go to the Add a Record section.
  5. Provide the name for the A Record, TTL, and add the IP Address.
  6. Click Add Record.

    Connect Hostgator Domain to Wix - HostGator example A record

CNAME Record

  1. Log in to cPanel.
  2. In the Domains section, click Advanced DNS Zone Editor.

    Connect Hostgator Domain to Wix - HostGator CNAME record

  3. Select the domain from the dropdown menu that you wish to use
  4. Go to the Add a Record section.
  5. Provide the name for the CNAME Record, TTL, and CNAME.  The record name for the CNAME: is your domain: example.com and your IP address.
  6. Click Add Record.

    Connect Hostgator Domain to Wix - HostGator example CNAME

 

DNS method / Name servers

Redirect or point your domain to Wix name servers. Here are sample Wix name servers:

ns4.wixdns.net
ns5.wixdns.net

To set your name servers, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to the Customer Portal.
  2. You will be asked for your billing email address and password to access any domains attached to that billing account.
    • If you are unsure of your password, click the Forgot your password link below the log in fields.
  3. Once logged in, click on Domains on the left-hand menu.

    Connect Hostgator Domain with Wix - Customer Portal Domains Section

  4. Locate the domain you wish to update the name servers.
  5. Click the More button to display the Domain Overview section, where you can see more options.

    Connect Hostgator Domain with Wix - Domains Overview

  6. Click on the Change link under the Name Servers.
  7. Enter Wix name servers.

 

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 Hostgator 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. Be patient and give it more time to propagate in the entire internet. Given 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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