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How to update your name server records

Difficulty: Intermediate

Overview

When you register a domain, the provider of the domain registration will require you to configure the name server records for the domain name you registered. This is needed so that people trying to find your website can be directed to where it is being hosted. This is done by servers know as Domain Name Servers (DNS) and in most cases requires a minimum of two (2) DNS name server records to be configured.

When you register the domain, the register will define two or more default name servers, usually their own name servers and this will usually point to a “parking” web site, hence the term the domain is “parked”.

You will need to log into your domain registration account, select your domain name and select “Name Server Records”, (the wording will be slightly different for each domain registrar). The example screen shot below is for “name.com”:

Changing DNS Records

There are two name servers defined, uma.ns.cloudflare.com and mark.ns.cloudflare.com . There is also a text entry field below to add more records, edit and delete options also exist. We will add two entries to point to the Conetix Name Servers and remove the existing Cloudflare Name Server entries.

First we add the new name server ns1.conetix.com.au then we press "Add" , next we need to “Apply Changes” .

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Next we add the next name server ns2.conetix.com.au and again press “Add” and “Apply Changes” .

The dialogue above shows our current Name Server entries. Now we need to remove the old ones by pressing the “X” to the right of them and again “Apply Changes” each time.

One removed and one to go!

Once we delete the old ones and hit apply our domain name is now pointing to the Conetix DNS servers.

Things to keep in mind

While most DNS record changes occur quickly, some can take up to 24 hours or more to propagate through the internet.

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