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How to Change a Domain Name Server (DNS)

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Every website has an IP (Internet Protocol) address that is comprised of a string of numbers, i.e. 123.44.567.89. However, trying to remember a string of numbers to access a website is difficult. That is where Domain Name Servers (DNS) come in. A DNS translates, or you might say provides, the IP address to the domain name making it much easier for us humans to navigate the Internet. It is much easier to type in “www.website.com” than it would be to remember and type in a string of numbers.

Each domain name has 2 name servers. The first is the primary server. The second one would serve as a back-up server if the primary server is down or not responding. When you register a domain it is assigned 2 name servers with the registering service – giving you the opportunity to host your website with the same company. However, if you want to have your website hosted with another provider you must change the DNS information inside the account where the domain is registered. If you upload your website to another hosting provider and do not change the DNS information for both the primary and secondary servers where the domain is registered, your website will not be seen and you’ll get a DNS error.

Changing the DNS information is not difficult, but should be done carefully. If you have signed up for another hosting service, you will be provided the following information for your domain:

  • Site IP Address
  • Name Servers (Primary & Secondary)

You will use the new name server information provided and replace the DNS information for both the primary and secondary servers inside the account where the domain is registered. It typically will take 24 hours for the new information to take effect.


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