GoDaddy is one of the world’s most popular domain registrars with over 40 million domain names under its management.

GoDaddy A record

If you purchased your domain name through GoDaddy, you have two different options to point your domain name towards Kinsta (or any other host). You can either add a new A record, which is what this article focuses on. Or, you can use Kinsta’s premium DNS feature with Amazon Route 53 and change your nameservers at GoDaddy.

In this article, you’ll learn how to add A record with GoDaddy.

Because GoDaddy gives you two different interfaces for managing your domain names, we’re going to give you a separate tutorial for each interface. Much of the process is identical, but we’ll split it into two guides for clarity. You only need to add your GoDaddy A record one time, though.

To help determine which interface you’re using, read the short section below. Then, you can go straight to the tutorial steps that apply to your specific interface.

Which GoDaddy Interface Are You Using?

Here’s how to figure out which GoDaddy interface you’re using:

Assuming you’re logged into your GoDaddy account, click on your GoDaddy username in the top right of the page and choose the Manage Domains option under the Control Panel Links column:

how to change godaddy nameservers
Accessing your Manage Domains interface

You should see the My Domains interface. GoDaddy uses the following names for the two possible interface styles:

  • Card view – this is the default view and features each domain as a separate “card”.
  • Advanced list view – in this view, you’ll see a list of domain names, rather than separate “cards”

To make sure you know what you’re looking at, here’s what card view looks like:

GoDaddy card view
GoDaddy card view

And here’s how advanced list view looks:

GoDaddy Advanced List View
GoDaddy Advanced List View

If desired, you can change between the two interfaces by using the marked icons in the top right of the page.

Once you know which interface you’re using (or would like to use), you can click one of the following links to jump straight to the tutorial for your specific interface:

How to Add A Record With GoDaddy in Card View

Once again, these instructions apply to the card view interface at GoDaddy.

Step 1: Go to DNS Management Interface

To get started, go to the Manage Domains interface:

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Accessing your Manage Domains interface

Then, click on the Gear icon in the top right corner of the card for the specific domain that you want to change the A record for. Select Manage DNS from the drop-down:

How to Manage DNS
How to Manage DNS

You should now be in the DNS Management interface for your chosen domain.

Step 2: Edit Existing A Record

In the DNS Management interface, look for the Records section. If you don’t see the full Records section, it’s like because you’re already using custom nameservers. Click here to learn how to fix that.

In the Records section, look for the A record under the Type column. It should be the first option in the list.

Click the Pencil icon to edit the A record:

How to edit A Record
How to edit A Record

Step 3: Find Your Kinsta A Record

To find your Kinsta A record, go to the Sites tab of your Kinsta dashboard. Then, click Manage next to the domain you want to add:

Finding your Kinsta site dashboard
Finding your Kinsta site dashboard

Look for the IPv4 Address box. That IP address is what you’ll use for your A record at GoDaddy:

Where to find Kinsta A Record
Where to find Kinsta A Record

Step 4: Add Kinsta A Record at GoDaddy

Copy and paste the IP address from your Kinsta dashboard into the Points to field in the GoDaddy interface. Then, click Save:

How to Add A Record at GoDaddy
How to Add A Record at GoDaddy

And that’s it! You’re finished.

How to Add A Record With GoDaddy in Advanced List View

These instructions apply to the advanced list view interface at GoDaddy.

Step 1: Go to DNS Management Interface

To get started, make sure you’re in the My Domains interface:

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Accessing your Manage Domains interface

Then, click on the drop-down to the right of your chosen domain name and choose Manage DNS:

How to Find A Record in Advanced List View
How to Find A Record in Advanced List View

Step 2: Edit A Record

In the DNS Management interface, look for the Records area (click here if you don’t see the full Records area).

Find the A record under Type and click the Pencil icon to edit it:

How to edit A Record
How to edit A Record

Step 3: Find Kinsta A Record

You need to replace the existing A record with your Kinsta A record. To find your Kinsta A record, go to the Sites tab inside your Kinsta dashboard:

Finding your Kinsta site dashboard
Finding your Kinsta site dashboard

Then, look for the IPv4 Address box. This IP address is what you’ll use for your A record.

Where to find Kinsta A Record
Where to find Kinsta A Record

Step 4: Add Kinsta A Record at GoDaddy

Copy the IPv4 address from your Kinsta dashboard and paste it into the Points to box at GoDaddy. Then, click the Save button:

How to Add A Record at GoDaddy
How to Add A Record at GoDaddy

You’re finished!

What If You Don’t See the Full Records Section at GoDaddy?

If you don’t see the full Records section at GoDaddy, it’s likely because you’re already using custom nameservers for your domain:

The A Record area is hidden
The A Record area is hidden

If you see that message, you’ll need to transfer your nameservers back to GoDaddy before you can add an A record.

To do that, look for the Nameservers option in the same DNS Management interface. Click Change:

How to return to GoDaddy Nameservers
How to return to GoDaddy nameservers

Then, select Default from the Choose your new nameserver type drop-down:

Choose default nameservers
Choose default nameservers

Then, Save your changes. You may need to wait a few minutes for the changes to take effect. Once they do, you’ll be able to add your Kinsta A record to GoDaddy.

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