Learning about switching DNS – Name servers
One of the troubles in transferring your blog/website to a new host is updating the domain name servers of your new location. For example, your domain currently goes to the ip address 123.456.78.90 and upon switching to a new webhost, you will get a new address. You need to redirect your domain to this new address. (btw, I got to discover my domain’s ip address but running a ping on command prompt)
As an analogy, think of it as changing your permanent address. You have to inform the other people of your new address or else they will still go to your old address.
So how do we update the dns of our new site location (ip address)?
I asked around and I got two answers.
- Karlo.PinoyBlogero said there might be an option in the cpanel of your new host. (I checked and I did not find any so I could not do this)
- A chat with the tech support of my new webhost informed me that I need to request the change from my old webhost. (This is what I’m doing now)
To know about your domain name servers, you have to go to this tool.
It has a nice collection of webtools for your domain. For learning about your domain, use the whois feature. After that you will see the info about your domain. Examples of the information shown;
- about you as the registrant
- about your host
- when the domain was purchased and when will it expire.
Well, all I did now is to make a support ticket to my current webhost asking for a change of domain name servers. You will have to provide them two things though:
- domain name servers of you new webhost (example.ns17.http.ph ns18.http.ph)
- ip address of your new webhost
Both of these can be acquired from your new webhost.
So far, this is what I’ve learned about domain name servers. As an added information, the change of you domain name server will take about 24-48 hrs to propagate so be ready to experience downtimes for that time span.
If you have additional info or if you would like to correct something I wrote above, please feel free to write a comment.