How to Change Nameservers on Namecheap – Step by Step Guide

In my post, I show you how to change nameservers on Namecheap, step by step.

Nameservers are what internet browsers use to find your website. Each hosting company has unique nameservers. When you buy hosting for your website, you must update nameservers for your domain.

My guide takes you through the process of updating nameservers if you have purchased your domain on Namecheap.com.

By the end of this post, you will be able to find your nameservers on Namecheap and update them with new ones.

To change nameservers on Namecheap.

  1. Sign in to your Namecheap account.
  2. Click on the ‘Manage’ link next to your domain name.
  3. Paste your new nameservers over the old ones.
  4. Click on the green arrow icon to update.
  5. Wait approximately 48 hours for the update to complete.

Let’s do that step by step.

Step one – Sign in to your Namecheap account.

Go to Namecheap.com and sign in to your account.

Namecheap sign in

Once signed in, find your domain. On the right, select the ‘Manage’ link.

Select 'Manage'

Step two – Find your current domain nameservers.

On the ‘Domains’ tab, locate the ‘Nameserver’ section.

Current nameservers

To the right are the current nameservers for your website. On my site, they are ‘ed.ns.cloudflare.com’ and ‘jean.ns.cloudflare.com’.

Current nameservers

Step three – Change your nameservers.

When you buy hosting, the hosting company will send you their unique nameservers.

I have internet hosting with WebHostFace after I purchased one of their hosting plans, they sent me an email with their nameservers.

Webhostface nameservers

Copy the nameservers from your hosting company and paste them over your current ones. When you change your nameservers, a green tick and red cross appear on the top-right.

Once you have pasted your new nameservers, click on the green tick icon to confirm.

Paste your new nameservers over your current nameservers

After you confirm your nameserver change, a message appears to let you know it takes up to 48 hours for your update to complete.

Step four – Monitor nameserver change progress

After you update nameservers, it can take up to 48 hours to complete. It is possible to monitor the progress of the update at www.whatsmydns.net.

Whats my dns

DNS is short for ‘Designated Nameservers’. You can use this ‘whatsmydns.com’ to check a website’s nameservers.

To start, type your website URL in the first box. Then, change the menu to ‘NS’, and click ‘Search’. This option displays your current nameservers.

Select NS

After you update your nameservers on Namecheap.com, the info on this page gradually changes to your new nameservers.

Monitor the update of your namerserver change

Within a few minutes, my website’s nameservers started to change from Cloudflare to whfweb. The update is complete when all the nameservers change to the new ones.

How to change nameservers on Namecheap video tutorial

Conclusion

Your domain and hosting are not the same. When you buy a hosting package, the hosting company send you an email instructing you to update your domain nameservers.

Each hosting company has unique nameservers. Once you receive these, go to your Namecheap.com domain account and update the nameservers on your dashboard.

Updating your nameservers takes up to 48 hours to complete. You can monitor the update progress at ‘whatsmydns.net’.

Internet browsers use nameservers to find your website. If your website is not showing correctly, it could be that you haven’t updated your nameservers or the update is not complete.

Should you have problems locating your hosting companies nameservers, check out my ‘How to find the nameservers in your Cpanel‘ post. I show you how to find nameservers on Bluehost, Hostgator, Hostinger, and Webhostface.

Where do you buy your domain names? What hosting company do you use?

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