Web Server Setup Series – Setup Domain Name To Point To CWP Server

Welcome to the third part of web server setup series. In the last article, I fixed all the errors and warnings of CWP. We’re now ready to point a domain to our server. In this article, we’ll setup our domain name to point to our hosting and then host a WordPress website. So let’s get started!

For this article, I have setup a new user account ‘sohail’ and assigned it 1000MB storage, 2 email accounts, 2 FTP accounts, 2 databases, and 2 addon domains.

cwp control web panel

Connect Domain Name To CWP Web Panel

After we’ve setup the panel, we can easily point our domain name to the hosting. In the last article, we created a user account and entered the primary domain name ‘desihackr.in’. We can now point out that the primary domain name ‘desihackr.in’ to our hosting and manage it from the user account. For this article, I’ve purchased the domain name from Godaddy. You may have purchased from other providers but the process is similar.

Method 1. Create a DNS record

In the first article of the series, I mentioned what DNS is. DNS keeps records of IP addresses point to different domain names. It’s like a phone book where different Names point to their contact numbers. When you want to point your domain name to hosting on a server, you can create a DNS record and save your IP address in that record.

Almost all major Domain providers have DNS management tools. For the purpose of this article, I’m using Godaddy but the process is similar for all other services. But if you find hard to get to DNS management tool for your account, you can contact support and they should help you.

godaddy dns management tool

DNS management tools are really very easy to use. To point a domain, create ‘A’ record and enter your server IP address.

godaddy dns records editor

Create a record of type ‘A’ and enter the IP address of your server. Add another record of type ‘CNAME’ and name it as WWW, point it to server IP. After you add records, give it some time.

create a record

According to most domain providers, the DNS update may take 24 hours. But I have seen it takes more than 20 minutes. And after the DNS records have updated, visit the domain name. In my case, it is ‘desihackr.in’. So this is what it points to –

centos web panel

Note: If you still see the error when you visit the domain, try clearing your web browser cache. Also, use tools like gopeeker to check if your website is accessible from other locations in the World.So you can now visit your web hosting panel typing your domain name with the panel port.desihackr.in:2030 (Admin panel)
desihackr.in:2082 (User panel)

Method 2. Change Nameservers

In the above method, I pointed the domain name to hosting by changing/creating DNS records in the DNS management tool provided by my domain provider. But we can also use other popular free & paid DNS services. There are benefits of using other DNS services. DNS services can provide so many other features which your domain provider can’t or provide at a high price. For example, a DNS provider can add extra layers of security such as DDOS protection, SQL injection protection and so on.

Some of the popular freemium DNS services are CloudFlareFreeDNS (From CentOS), NameCheap FreeDNS, and NS1.

I prefer CloudFlare because it provides several services at no cost such as CDN (content delivery network), DDOS protection, Firewall, Site caching, SSH certificates, and of course DNS management tool.

Add website

It’s easy to setup Cloudflare. Sign up for an account and add a site.

add site to cloudflare

Once you click add a site, Cloudflare will detect and save domain existing DNS records. Click next and you’ll get nameservers like these –

cloudflare analyze domain dns

Now all you need to do is update existing domain nameservers to ones given by Cloudflare. This way all the traffic will go through Cloudflare network and you can use various security features provided by them. Once you update nameservers, your domain will activate in Cloudflare account.

activate domain in cloudflare

Now, wait for some time, maybe 20 minutes or so till the DNS update finishes. And after the DNS are updated successfully, your domain will point to your server. So these were two methods to point your domain name to your own web server. The first one was a little quick, it just required to add an ‘A’ record with the server ip. But I suggest the second method. As you improve your skills as a server administer, you’ll need to use extra services (Firewall, HTTPS, etc.) which Cloudflare or any other DNS provider can provide.

Also, do not forget that you can add more domains to your account just by creating addon domains. Follow the same steps and you’ll be able to host multiple websites on your server. Well, do not worry we’ll do that in the next article.

So this was it. So far in this web server setup series, we have setup our own web server, installed control panel on it and pointed domain name to our web server. In the next article, we’ll move on to hosting our first website on our own web server.

If there is something that you didn’t understand, let me know in the comment section below. I’ll be there.


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  • Hi. I habeen trying hard but its not working, I dont know why. I have bought domain from namecheap, so i entered cloudflare dns in namecheap. then I add these 2-3 records you mentioned i.e A and cname and put my vps primary i.p address where i am able to open centos web panel. but its not working. + can you tell me whats the use of nameservers editor menu in centos panel? there are already centos’s own ns saved there. do i have to remove them? or should i adding vps provider’s nameservers there 🙁 ?

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  • VPS on my server, centos 7 and cwp (Centos Web Panel) board. I’m coding Codeigniter 3.x project. CWP There are php (5.5-7.1.9) options as php selector. I need to get my php version to 7.x. like here enter link description here is successfully completed. but the php version remains at 5.6. and is not loaded.
    Do you have any problems with this?
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