When you buy hosting or change hosting companies, you also have to change nameservers. In my post, I show you step by step how to change nameservers on Namecheap.
I recommend you don’t buy your domain and hosting together. It probably looks like a good deal when you sign up, but the renewal fees are high. Buy your hosting and domain name separately, it saves you money in the long run, and you have control over your domain.
Changing domain nameservers or DNS on Namecheap only takes a minute to complete.
Let’s get started.
- Log into your Namecheap account
- Locate nameservers on your dashboard
- Changing your nameservers
- Monitor nameserver change progress
- How to change nameservers on Namecheap video tutorial
Log into your Namecheap account
This is my account dashboard on Namecheap.
From your list of domains, on the right-hand side there is a ‘Manage’ link, click on that link.
Locate nameservers on your dashboard
On the next page, look for ‘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’.
Changing your nameservers
When you buy hosting, the hosting company will send you their nameservers.
I have hosting with a company called ‘WebHostFace’, after I purchased one of their hosting plans, they sent me an email with their nameservers.
Copy your new nameservers and paste them over your current nameservers.
Once you update your nameservers, a green tick will appear. To confirm your change, click on the green tick.
After you confirm your nameserver change, a message will appear to let you know that it will take up to 48 hours for your update to complete. In my experience, it doesn’t take that long.
Monitor nameserver change progress
If you go to www.whatsmydns.net you can monitor the progress of your nameserver change.
This is the homepage of ‘whatsmydns.net‘.
In the search box, type your website address. In the next box, change the drop-down to ‘NS’. Then click on ‘Search’.
During the update, your old nameservers will change to your new nameservers.
In my experience, the update completes quicker than 48 hours.
How to change nameservers on Namecheap video tutorial
Updating your nameservers on Namecheap only takes a few moments. Once updated, the change takes from 12 to 48 hours to complete. I recommend using ‘Whatsmydns.net’ to monitor the progress of your nameserver change.
It is your nameservers that tell internet browsers where to go to get your website files. If you change hosting companies but don’t change your nameservers, internet browsers will return to your old hosting company to find your website files.
If you are looking to buy a new domain, I recommend ‘Namecheap.com‘. I buy all my domains from them. You can check to see if your domain is available right here.
If you have any questions about my post, ask them in the comments below. I check for new comments every day. If you not sure where to find your hosting nameservers, check out my ‘How to find the nameservers in your Cpanel‘ post.
Before you go and update your nameservers, would you spare a minute to write a comment? Did my post help you? Do you need help with something else? I look forward to reading your comments.