Initial Setup: Point a Domain to a Cloud Server

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Introduction

After your Cloud Server has been created, you will likely want to point a domain to the server. This article will show you how to point a domain to a Cloud Server, so that your website can be accessed using your domain.

Requirements

  • A 1&1 Cloud Server (any operating system)
  • A domain name

Point an Existing 1&1 Domain Name to a Cloud Server

If the domain you want to use with your Cloud Server is contained in another package, you will need to alter the domain's DNS settings in order to route traffic to your Cloud Server.

To find your Cloud Server's IP address, log in to the Cloud Panel. You can access the Cloud Panel directly at https://cloudpanel.1and1.com/ for accounts in the United States.

For accounts in other markets, replace the Top-Level Domain (TLD) with the appropriate country code. For example:

And so forth.

Go to Infrastructure > Servers.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Get IP address

The IP address of each Cloud Server is displayed on the page.

Point domain to Cloud Server: IP address

To update the existing domain's DNS, log in to the Control Panel. Then select Domains under My Products in the left navigation bar.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Log in to Control Panel

Click the Actions icon for the domain.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Actions gear

Click Adjust Destination.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Adjust destination

Click Modify DNS Settings.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Modify DNS settings

Scroll down to the A/AAAA Records section and select Other IP Address.

Point domain to Cloud Server: other IP address

Enter the IP address of the new Cloud Server in the IPv4 Address field.

Point domain to Cloud Server: IP address

Click Save to save the DNS changes.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Save IP address

Click Yes to confirm the changes.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Confirm changes

The IP address will be updated within 24 hours.

Register a New Domain Name

If you have a Cloud Server account and wish to register a new domain name, we strongly recommend that you register the domain name on the Cloud Server contract. This makes management of the domain name easier, and saves you several steps in updating the new domain name's DNS information.

Log in to the Control Panel and go to Domains.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Log in to Control Panel

Go to ADD DOMAIN.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Add domain

Click Order Domain.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Order domain

Select your 1&1 Cloud contract.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Select Cloud contract

Proceed with the domain registration. The new domain will be automatically assigned to your existing 1&1 Cloud contract.

Point a Domain Hosted by Another Registrar

There are two options if you have an existing domain name which is hosted by another registrar. If a different registrar is providing nameserver service for your domain:

Option 1: Transfer the domain name to 1&1.

  • Pro: Allows you to manage all of your domains together through the user-friendly 1&1 Control Panel.
  • Con: Domain name transfers can take up to 48 hours. Authorization is required. If the domain name is locked at the registrar, the process to unlock and transfer it can be complicated.

Option 2: Keep the domain name with your current domain provider.

  • Pro: No need to go through the domain transfer process.
  • Con: You will need to edit the DNS on their system to point the domain name to your server.

Transfer a Domain Name to 1&1

To transfer a domain name to 1&1, log in to the Control Panel and go to Domains.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Log in to Control Panel

Go to ADD DOMAIN.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Add domain

Click Transfer Domain to 1&1.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Transfer domain

Select your 1&1 Cloud contract.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Select Cloud contract

Proceed with the domain name transfer.

Keep Your Other Provider and Point a Domain Name to a 1&1 Cloud Server

Log in to your other provider's domain management interface. You will need to update the DNS so that the domain name points to the IP address of your 1&1 Cloud Server.

To find your Cloud Server's IP address, log in to the Cloud Panel and go to Infrastructure > Servers.

Point domain to Cloud Server: Get IP address

The IP address of each Cloud Server is displayed on the page.

Point domain to Cloud Server: IP address

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