If you have a domain registered in one place and decide to host your blog somewhere else, you will need to know how to point your domain to the host.
The tutorial below shows you exactly how to do that using Namecheap (domain registrar) and SiteGround (WordPress hosting). The process should be similar with other companies.
If you prefer to register your domain with your host, follow my tutorial on setting up domain and hosting for your blog.
Register A Domain With Namecheap
Step 1: Go to the registration page on Namecheap and search for your domain. Click here to go to Namecheap.com
Step 2: If the domain is available, add it to the cart and grab the coupon code.
Grab the coupon code at https://www.namecheap.com/promos/coupons.aspx
Step 3: Enter the coupon code in the Promo Code area and confirm your order. Notice the savings?!
Step 4: You will complete your purchase by setting up an account with Namecheap and entering your payment information.
How To Point A Namecheap Domain To SiteGround
If you purchased your domain from Namecheap, you will need to point your domain to SiteGround’s nameservers.
From the Namecheap Dashboard, find your domain and click on Manage.
In the Nameservers section, use the drop down arrow to select Custom DNS.
In a new window log into Siteground and click on the My Accounts tab to find the nameservers for your host account. You will need to enter information for both nameservers in Namecheap.
Enter the nameserver information under Custom DNS in Namecheap and click on the blue arrow to save.
It can take up to 48 hours for this change to take effect so you may not be able to access your WordPress blog right away.
Are you setting up a new blog? Get all of the steps in the Complete Blog Set-Up Checklist