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Domain Management: How To Update Nameservers

What is a Nameserver?

A Nameserver is a computerized directory where the 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.


Reasons for Changing Nameservers

Domain host changes can be undertaken for various reasons, such as optimizing, securing, or expanding one's online presence. Here's why this transition is often viewed as strategic and advantageous:

  • Switching Hosting Providers: Many seek better performance; slow-loading websites or frequent downtime prompt a shift to a more dependable web hosting provider, enhancing speed and availability. Improved features or support can also attract users seeking enhanced benefits.

  • Cost Considerations: Cost plays a significant role; opting for a provider offering more value at the same price can prompt a switch, as everyone aims for maximum value for their investment.

  • Access to Advanced DNS Features: Certain domain registrars or third-party DNS services provide customized DNS management, offering greater control over settings compared to current hosting providers. Adding security measures like DDoS protection and DNSSEC is vital for website safety, driving the transition to providers offering these options.

  • Scaling and Reliability: Nameserver changes may also aim to enhance website performance. Load balancing distributes high traffic across multiple servers, bolstering reliability and speed. Switching to nameservers from a Content Delivery Network (CDN) service accelerates content delivery by storing it closer to users.

  • Service Consolidation: Managing domain names, hosting, and email services in one place simplifies operations. A single point of contact for support streamlines issue resolution.

  • Overcoming Censorship or Geo-Restrictions: Altering nameservers can bypass government or ISP restrictions, ensuring content accessibility. Geo-targeting directs users to local website versions, enhancing their experience.

  • Personal Preference or Expert Recommendations: Trust and reliability are paramount; individuals may switch to nameservers from more trusted or highly recommended providers. For unique project or application requirements, specialized DNS providers offer tailored services.


Considerations Before Changing Nameservers

  • Will you use us to host the website?
  • Would A Records and/or cName records be more suitable?
  • Do you plan to use other products, such as email or website builders?


How to Change Your Nameservers

  1. Log in to your Account Manager.
  2. Navigate to the Domains section on the left-hand side of the menu.

    Domans tab

  3. Ensure that the correct domain is selected.
  4. Scroll down to the Advanced Tools section and click on it.

    Advanced Tools

  5. Locate the Nameservers DNS option and click the Manage button.

    Advanced Tools - Manage

  6. In the pop-up window titled Manage Nameservers (DNS), click Continue.

    Manage Nameservers pop

  7. In the Manage Nameservers pop-up, you can input the new settings.

    Note: Domain.com nameservers default to:

    • ns1.Domain.com
    • ns2.Domain.com

  8. Click Save to confirm the changes.

    Save nameservers


What to Do After Changing Nameservers

  1. Verify the change: Check that new nameservers are globally recognized and ensure DNS settings have migrated correctly.

  2. Monitor your website: Regularly check your website's functionality.

  3. Update the DNS records: Adjust settings as needed and add new records for improved security or performance.

  4. Test email services: Ensure seamless email functionality.

  5. Back up DNS records: Preserve a backup for future reference.

  6. Communicate: Inform relevant parties about the change and potential impacts.

  7. Performance review: Assess website performance post-transition.

  8. Ensure security: Monitor and maintain security measures to safeguard against threats.

Please note that once you make the nameserver changes at the registrar, there will be 24-48 hours of DNS propagation time, during which your website and email may not be available.

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