How do I change the DNS on my website?
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How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

When you buy hosting for your website you need to link your domain and hosting together for your site to show on the web, this is down using nameservers. My easy to follow guide takes you step by step on how to change the nameservers on Namecheap. If your domain is with another company, the process should be similar.

Nameservers are like signposts. They tell the internet where it needs to go to get the files for your website. Your hosting company will have two unique nameservers. Take those nameservers and update your domain account. After you change your nameservers, it takes up to 48 hours for the change to complete.

Let’s get started.

Step one – log into your account of the company where you purchased your domain

I purchase my domains from Namecheap.com. In this post, I will change the DNS of Newblogr.com in my Namecheap account.

This is the dashboard on my account in Namecheap.

Dashboard in Namecheap.com

Your domain company will have something very similar.

Step two – Find the domain you need to change the nameservers

I am going to change the nameservers of Newblogr.com. So I need to find that domain in my list of domains and then click on the ‘MANAGE’ link to the right of the domain name.

That will take us to the details of that domain.

Like this.

How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

I am looking for my nameservers. You can see them halfway down this screenshot.

Currently I have them pointed to Cloudflare because I pass my site through their CDN network to get my free SSL certificate.

I am going to change them to point to my hosting account nameservers.

Step Three – Find your new nameservers

When you buy hosting, after you complete the transaction you will get an email from the hosting company giving you important information.

The email will be titled something like ‘New account information’. It will be in this email you will find your new hosts nameservers.

Like this.

You will always have at least two nameservers. I have mine now so let’s go back to Namecheap and change my nameservers from Cloudflare’s to my host’s nameservers.

I have copied and pasted my host’s nameservers in the two spaces.

Like this.

How do I change the nameservers for my domain name?

Once I change the nameservers on this dashboard. A green tick will appear next to the red cross. Once I click on that green cross, my nameservers will change.

You will also get a popup to tell you that nameserver changes will take 48 hours to take affect.

In my experience, the change is completed before that.

Step four – Monitor the nameserver change progress

If you go to www.whatsmydns.net you can monitor your nameserver change.

This is the homepage of ‘whatsmydns.net‘.

How to check the DNS of a website

In the search box you put in your website address. In the next box you can see the letter ‘A’. That is a dropdown box. Change ‘A’ to ‘NS’.

This is www.newblogr.com before I made the nameserver change.

How to check the nameservers of a website

I typed ‘newblogr.com’ into the search box, changed the ‘A’ to ‘NS’, and then clicked on search.

All my nameservers are from Cloudflare. I completed my nameserver change about 15 minutes ago.

Let’s see if there any changes yet.

How to check your nameservers

Only after 15 minutes I can see some changes already.

My new nameservers have been picked up in Atlanta, London, Ankara, and Bangkok. Over the next few hours they will all slowly change to the new nameservers.

It is important to know that my site will not go down because of this change. My site files are exactly the same with my host company and with Cloudflare.

If you make the change you need to make sure that you have the same site files with your old nameserver location and your new one.

How to change nameservers on Namecheap video tutorial

Conclusion

The process to change the nameserver of your website is not difficult. If you remember that your nameservers are with your domain account not your hosting account.

If you have bought your hosting and domain together then you should have a dashboard or account that manages them.

Changing nameservers becomes important if you change hosting companies. It is your nameservers that tell the internet where to find your website files.

If you change hosting companies but don’t change your nameservers, the internet will keep going back to your old hosting company to find your website files.

If you are looking to change hosting companies and need to transfer your files. I have step by step guide on how you can do this in my post ‘How to transfer web hosting companies‘.

If you are looking to buy a new domain, I recommend ‘Namecheap.com‘. I buy all my domains from them. They have great prices and the process is very smooth.

You can check to see if the domain you want is available right here.

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