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Domain Management: How To Update Nameservers

What is a nameserver?

A nameserver is a computer where DNS (Domain Name System) records are stored in databases. Web browsers, like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, or Edge, can search and read the DNS records, which tell them where to find websites.

What is DNS?

Domain Name System, or DNS, converts domain names into numbers, called IP addresses. Every website is identified by a number, an IP address; computers read that. One of the IP addresses for Google is 172.217.14.228. When web browsers look for Google, they are looking for 172.217.14.228, which they find in the Google Name Server databases. DNS forms the backbone of the internet, the authority on where every website is located.

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For information on modifying the DNS records, please see How to Update DNS Records.

A Nameserver is a computer where DNS Records are stored. Domains will utilize the DNS records of the name server that they're pointing to. A more in-depth look at DNS Records.

To better understand the different record types, domain pointing and redirecting, and how to tell which DNS records are correct, click here.

To learn how to update your Nameservers, please follow the steps below:

  1. Login to your Domains Dashboard.
    Login to your Domains Dashboard
  2. In Card View, click Manage on the domain you wish to update the Nameservers.
    Card View, Manage
  3. In List View, click on the cog icon. 
    List View, Manage
  4. Click on DNS & Nameservers in the left-hand menu.
    DNS & Nameservers
  5. Edit your Nameservers by clicking on the three-dotted option.
    Three-dotted option
  6. Fill in with your NameServer records. Note that the NameServer records are unique per Hosting company and they should provide you with the record to up it in. 
    Edit your nameserver
  7. Optional: If you were given more than two NameServer Records, after updating it click on Add Nameserver. Fill in with the information provided.
    Add Nameserver

    Note: Updating your NameServer records can cause downtime for your website and email service due to the propagation timeframe of 24-48hours. 
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