5 steps to connect your GoDaddy domain to Google Cloud VMs
If you want to connect you GoDaddy domain to Google cloud VM Instances then you are in right place. In this tutorial you will learn 5 steps which will help you to connect your GoDaddy domain to Google cloud server.
How to Connect your GoDaddy domain to Google Cloud VM Instances?
By adding a ‘A’ record from your GoDaddy’s DNS Manager section you can connect your GoDaddy domain to google cloud. That ‘A’ records will contain the external IP address of your Google Cloud VM Instances. Having said that – you also can archive that by using Google Cloud DNS (tutorial) or any third party DNS. Before starting this tutorial let’s give you a little explanation,
As you can see in the Image, User send a query to the DNS root Nameserver, root server replay it with TLD nameserver IP address, After that user again send a query to the DNS tld nameserver and tld server replay with it GoDaddy DNS server. Finally, user send a query to the GoDaddy nameserver and get your server IP address.
So, In this tutorial we are going to add your server (Google Cloud VM instances) IP address in you GoDaddy DNS nameserver by adding A record in it.
So, let’s get started,
Step 1: Opening GoDaddy DNS Manager
Go to your GoDaddy website and login to your Godaddy account by clicking the ‘Sing In’ Button.
After that click on the home button and navigate to ‘Manage My Products’.
Next Open the DNS Manager by clicking the ‘DNS’ button.
Now, scroll down to Nameservers section and make sure that you are using default nameservers.
If you are seeing different nameserver, then it means that you are using a third-party DNS server such as Cloudflare, google cloud DNS, AWS route 53 etc. In this situation you have two options, either You can go to the DNS provider’s website and add A record from there or you can change the nameserver to default.
Step 2: Coping Your Google Cloud VM's external IP
Login to your Google Cloud dashboard and click the hamburger menu in the upper left-hand corner of the screen.
Now hover over Compute Engine and Click on VM Instances.
Now, Copy the external IP address of your Google cloud VM.
Step 3: Adding/Editing A record
Now back to your GoDaddy website’s tab, and click on button under the Records tab.
- Type: As record type, choose A.
- Host: Choose the host for the domain/subdomain that you want to point to your Google Cloud. In this example, we have chosen a naked domain(siteyaar.com) so Under Host, type @ if you’re going to point a domain (such as mysite.com).
- Points to: Enter the external IP address of your Google cloud server. In this example, it is 126.96.36.199
- TTL (Time To Live): TTL value tells your browser how long a record should be stored in cached before a new copy of the record must be retrieved from DNS. Select custom or use the default one.
- Click to apply the settings.
Example 1: For main domain – siteyaar.com
If you want to use your naked domain type @ in the Host field.
@ – represent your domain name.
Example 2: For sub-domain – www.siteyaar.com
If you want to use your domain with www then type in the host field.
Example 4: For wildcard sub-domain – *.siteyaar.com
If you type * in host field, it will create a wildcard record.
* – A wildcard record acts as a catch-all record, which means that it redirects every subdomain you haven’t defined elsewhere to an IP address.
Step 4: Editing or Deleting DNS records
Editing and deleting DNS records are straightforward on GoDaddy.
– First, select your target record, and in this example, we have A record and then click on the edit button as shown below
– Now, If you want to edit your DNS record, you may click on the required field and edit and click on Save to save changes.
– Or, if you want to delete your DNS record, then you may click on the trash button located in the top right corner.
Step 5: Verifying DNS propagation
Once you have added/updated the DNS records, it can take time up to 24 hours for the changes to be effective across the internet.
You can check the status of your domain(s) propagation by using some available online tool such as dnschecker.org
If you are using google cloud as a web server for hosting your website then I recommand you to use a third party DNS server such as Google cloud DNS, Cloudflare etc. GoDaddy(s) default DNS is slower than Google Cloud DNS, Cloudflare, AWS route 53. By changing your GoDaddy DNS you can decrease your website(s) load time.
Now it is your time!
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