How To Change Your GoDaddy NameServers

If you want to point your Domain Name to a different Web Hosting Account, one way to do that is by changing your domain’s NameServers.

When you change your domain’s NameServers the URL or domain name will remain the same, but the website will be pulled from a different web hosting account.

The change is not immediate and may take up to 2 days.

If you have email addresses associated with this domain name, they will be impacted by a NameServer change. Let your web developer know you have email addresses on the domain before you make the change.

  1. Sign in to your GoDaddy Account
  2. Click Domain on the left side menu
  3. Click the Domain Settings button
  4. Click DNS
  5. Click Name Servers
  6. Click the Change Nameservers button
  7. Choose the (*) I’ll use my own nameservers option
    – and Enter your 2 nameserver names provided by your web developer, into the 2 text boxes

    Nameserver names usually look like this:
  8. Click Save
  9. GoDaddy may not update the screen right away. If not you will need to refresh the page to confirm your nameserver names have changed.

Changing your nameservers can take up to 24 or 48 hours to complete. This period is called DNS propagation. DNS propagation is the time it takes for all Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) across the world to update their records with your new nameservers names.

It’s been my experience that very large ISP’s in the US (like Verizon and Comcast) will update their records with your new nameservers in under 2 hours. Other ISP’s take longer. Until DNS propagation completes, a visitor to your site who uses a small local ISP may see your old site, while another visitor on a large ISP may see the new site.

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Kimball is a website designer and developer in Goffstown, NH.

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