How to Make Your Site Live on GoDaddy

By Jake Redfield

Your website will go live when your GoDaddy namesevers point to your hosting account.
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Uploading a website to your host and purchasing a domain name won't automatically publish your website. For your website to go live through GoDaddy, you must ensure that the namesevers are correctly set. If you have hosting from another company, you have to log in to your GoDaddy account and set your nameservers, while if you have hosting through GoDaddy, your namesevers should automatically be in place and you'll simply have to wait for GoDaddy to verify your account.

Log in to your GoDaddy account. Hover over the “All Products” link in the upper-left corner to reveal a drop-down list.

Hover your mouse over “Domains” to reveal more options and click on “Domain Management.” This will load a page with a list of all of the domains that you have purchased from GoDaddy.

Check the box next to the domain that you want to launch. The navigation bar at the top of the Domain Manager area should light up. Click on “Nameservers” and then click the “Set Nameservers” link. If your website is hosted through GoDaddy on the same account, your namesevers will already be set and the “Standard” box should be ticked. If you are using another hosting company, check the “Custom” box.

Click on the “Add Namesever” button and then type in your host nameserver details. These are usually provided in your original sign-up email or can be viewed by logging in to your hosting account. Click “OK” and then “Save.”

Items you will need

  • Domain name

  • Hosting account


If you purchase your domain and hosting account through GoDaddy at the same time, your website will automatically be set up to go live; however, it can still take up to 48 hours.


It can take up to 48 hours for GoDaddy to change the direction of your nameservers, meaning your website may not go live instantly if you have another host.