Registering a .is domain with Bluehost

After allot of thinking and procrastination I finally decided to acquire the domain. Setting things up wasn’t without its hurdles though. The thing is ISNIC, the .is domain registrar, doesn’t accept Bluehosts DNS services. So this post is for those few souls out there that might run into the same problem. This is by no means going to be an extensive guide but merely what I did in the situation.

What you’ll need:

  • a registered .is domain
  • a Bluehost account with a dedicated IP address

To grab a .is domain head over to, the process is as straight forward as any online shopping. The next step is to make sure you have a dedicated IP address for your Bluehost account. By default a dedicated IP address does cost extra, when this was written it would put you back a $30/year. Note: I’ve heard that it’s possible to do this without a dedicated IP by utilizing the free services provided by but I was going anyway for a dedicated IP because I wanted to implement SSL for my site so this guide will assume for a dedicated IP. So let’s get our hands dirty:

1. Log into your ISNIC profile.

Picture of the ISNIC login screen

2. My Page should be the default page. Select your domain from the list and select Web forwarding (ísl: Áframsending veffang).

A picture showing a part of the ISNIC domain seleciton.

3. Put your dedicated Bluehost IP into the IP field. Note only put the IP into the field and not http://ip. If you do the latter you domain will only be a redirect to another site, but we’ll want Bluehost to recognize our domain.

A picture of the ISNIC domain forwarding fields.

4. Log into your Bluehost account. Scroll down in the cPanel and open Domain Manager under the Domains section.

The Bluehost cPanel icon for the Domain Manager

5. Click “Assign a domain to your cPanel account”. In Step 1 just input your .is domain. We took care of Step 2 in step 3 of this guide. If Step 2 gives the same error message as in the picture then you might have to try later as it might take some time for the ISNIC forward to take effect. When successful Step 2 should say the domain was successfully verified because it pointed to the IP of your Bluehost account. Pick “Parked Domain” in Step 3.

A picture of the Assign domain input fields for the cPanel

6. You’re done!

As stated previously this is only a guide on how I did it, there are probably many more ways to solve this. On the todo list is to get SSL to work with the parked domain but I’ll probably procrastinate that for another year.