Point a Domain to a Cloud Server

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After creating your cloud server, you will most likely want to connect a domain to the server's static IP address. In this article, we'll show you how to do it so you can access your website through your domain.

Requirements

  • A 1&1 Cloud Server using any operating system
  • A domain

Connecting a IONOS Domain to the Static IP Address of a Cloud Server

To connect an IONOS domain to the static IP address of a cloud server, you must configure the DNS settings of the domain, specifically an A record (Address Resource Record) or an AAAA record.

    Finding the IP Address of Your Cloud Server:
    • Log in to IONOS and click on Server & Cloud under My Products. If necessary, select the appropriate contract. The 1&1 Cloud Panel will open.

    • In the Infrastructure > Servers  section, all of the servers you have created are listed in a table. Make a note of the IPv4 address of the desired server.

    Configuring an A Record
    • Log in to IONOS. If you are already logged in, click on My Products or Select Product at the top of the menu and select Domains & SSL.

    • For the desired domain, click the gear icon in the Actions column and select DNS.

    • Click on Add Record and select the entry A under Type.

    • In the Host Name field, specify the desired host. To create the A record for your domain, enter the @ character. The @ character is used as a placeholder and ensures that the domain is called with www and all subdomains. If you want to create the A record for a subdomain, enter the desired subdomain, such as www.

    • Enter the IPv4 address of your 1&1 Cloud Server in the IPv4 address field.

    • Optional: Select the desired TTL (Time-To-Live). By default, your settings are immediately active.

    • Click Save.

    Your changes are effective at IONOS immediately. However, it can take up to 1 hour for the change to take effect externally due to the decentralized structure of the domain name system. You can check the status of the A/AAAA record using the DNS Checker website.

    Register a New Domain with IONOS

    If you have a IONOS Cloud Server contract and would like to register a new domain, we strongly recommend that you order this additional domain into your existing Cloud Server contract instead of a new, separate contract. This simplifies the administration of the domain and saves you several steps when adjusting the DNS settings of this domain.

    To order a new domain, follow these steps:

    • Log in to IONOS. If you are already logged in, click on My Products or Select Product at the top of the menu and then select Domains & SSL.

    • Click Add Domain. You will then be redirected to the IONOS shop. If you have created several contracts with IONOS, first select the contract to which you want to add your new domain.

    • Enter the desired domain and click Check. As the order progresses, we will determine for you whether the domain is an included domain or an additional domain. If there are any costs for this, we will display them to you.

    Please Note

    You only complete the domain order when you confirm it on the Order Summary page by clicking the Order Now button. The domain will then automatically be added to your selected contract. Depending on the domain type, it can take up to 48 hours for the domain to appear on the My Domains overview page, although it is generally significantly faster.

    Connecting a Domain Hosted by Another Registrar to the Static IP Address of a Cloud Server

    If you own a domain that is hosted by another provider, you have the following options:

    Option 1: You can set it up in your IONOS account as an external domain.

    If you have already registered a domain with another provider and would like to use it with your IONOS account, you can set it up as an external domain. By doing this, you can continue to use the domain with your previous provider, but you can use it with #COMPANY_ NAME### as if you had registered the domain with your IONOS account.

    If you set up an external domain at IONOS, you can manage all of your domains together through the user-friendly IONOS Control Panel.

    In some cases you may not be able to move your domain to IONOS - for example since less than 60 days have passed since the domain was registered or 90 days since the last transfer.

    Option 2: Leave the domain with your current domain provider.

    In this case, you must configure the DNS settings at your current provider. Please consult your provider's instructions for configuring the A record of your domain.

    Setting up an External Domain with IONOS

    • Log in to IONOS and click on Domains & SSL under My Products.

    • In the Portfolio pane, click Set Up External Domain.

    • Enter the full domain name and click Start Setup.

    • Select the name servers with which you want to use your domain. To be able to use the IONOS name servers, you must register them with your domain provider. If your provider does not allow different name servers, you should use the name server option of the previous provider.

    • Click Finish Setup.

    After selecting the name server option, the domain is set up in our systems. In most cases, this is completed within 30 to 60 seconds, so you can start using the domain immediately. If this is not the case, we will inform you by email as soon as the external domain has been set up.

    If the domain is available in our systems, the IONOS side of the setup is complete, but the domain has not yet been redirected to IONOS. After all, the domain provider does not yet know that you want to use the domain with IONOS products.

    You now have 30 days to complete the DNS setup. If you do not complete the setup within this time, we will remove the external domain from our systems. Depending on which name servers you want to use, how you complete the setup will vary.

    Leaving the Domain with Your Current Provider and Connecting It to the Static IP Address of a Cloud Server

    If you have already registered a domain with another provider and would like to continue managing it through your current domain provider, you must configure the DNS settings at your provider's DNS settings for the domain. The required IP address can be found in the Cloud Panel.

    To determine the IP address of your cloud server, follow these steps:

    • Log in to IONOS and click on Server & Cloud under My Products. If necessary, select the desired contract. In the Infrastructure > Servers  section, all of the servers you have created are listed in a table.

    • Make a note of the IPv4 address of the desired server. You can then apply this record to your domain at your current provider.