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I have a webhost with built-in domain petasos.000webhostapp.com. I have a custom domain bo-web.be with full DNS control. I'm looking on how to configure an A record to link the custom domain to my 000webhost website. I did this via a CNAME record but when visiting the site, the address bar still shows the 000webhostapp domain name and not my custom domain name. So I have the wrong primary domain. I don't seem to find the correct IP to add in the A record? Thanks for the help here. U are the best!

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Since 000webhost offers free web hosting some limitations should be expected and this is one of those cases. You will most likely run into more limitations somewhere down the line.

A records are not supported by 000webhost and the only methods to use a custom domain are:

  • Name Servers Method
    • Changing your existing name servers to ns01.000webhost.com and ns02.000webhost.com
  • CNAME Method
    • Add cname and point to your-website.000webhostapp.com

If you've tried using the CNAME method and it redirects to your example.000webhostapp.com then it is likely because you have some redirect in the .htaccess file or your content management system needs updating.

Take WordPress as a good example... If I install on ExampleA.com and duplicate the site over to ExampleB.com, visiting ExampleB.com will redirect to ExampleA.com, why? because I've not told WordPress the new domain.

  • Hey Simon. Thank you for the answer. I'll look into my Wordpress settings later on to see if I can update my domain here. If I decide to pay for the hosting, you think it will be possible to use the A record instead? – BarrieO Apr 27 '17 at 19:19
  • Most paid hosting services will allow A records. – Simon Hayter Apr 27 '17 at 20:30

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