How To: Point your domain to Format.com

This tutorial will show you how to point your Hover domain name at your Format.com hosted website.

There are three general steps that need to be performed to use your domain name with Format.com:

1) Link your domain in your Format.com account

2) Set up the correct forwarding in your Hover account

3) Set up the correct DNS record in your Hover account

Setup Format.com settings

You will now need to LOG IN to your Format.com account

Go to SETTINGS > SITE

Take note of your Format Address.

Under Domain enter your purchased domain and click SAVE.

Setup Format.com settings

Set up forwarding in Hover account

First, sign-in at hover.com.

Next, click on the domain you wish to connect with Format.com.

Ensure your Nameservers are pointed to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com.

Then, from the Domain Details page, click the Edit button next to Forward This Domain.

Set up forwarding in Hover account

Forward to WWW

Click the Yes radio button, then enter your domain name with "http://www." at the beginning.

Leave Enable stealth redirection unchecked.

Click SAVE.

Forward to WWW

Setup Hover DNS

Go back to your Hover account, and select your domain.

In the DNS tab, click ADD NEW.

CNAME

Under Hostname enter "www".

Under Record Type choose "CNAME".

Under Target Host enter your Format Address followed by .format.com

Click SAVE.

CNAME

CNAME record is now added

The CNAME is now added and you should be able to see it listed under your DNS tab.

You are done!

Changes to your domain name usually take a few hours to propogate across the internet. In some cases it can take up to 48 hours.

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    Teresa Odden
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    Teresa Odden

    I created a new domain (todden.net) in order to send a blast email announcing my blog, www.teresaodden.com.

    It's unclear to me when I put todden.net or the blog site www.teresaodden.com. Once I do this, is that how the email is created ??? @todden.net? 

    I see the screenshots to put Target Host and .format.com, however, it is unclear what goes in each box and how. The screen shots are blurry. Can you help provide the information as to where I put todden.net domain and where I enter my website www.teresaodden.com?  

    Also, on the Add New page, is the Name todden.net. 

    My apologies for all the questions. I would appreciate your help to set this up to send my domain and new email with Mail Chimp. If a call is better, I can call at any time. I'm in Germany, six hours ahead of EST. Thank you very much. Teresa

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