Updating nameservers is a big part of setting up domain and hosting. In this video, learn about what nameservers are and how to set them up.
- [Instructor] What is a nameserver and why do I need it? A nameserver is a computer that is permanently connected to the Internet and translates domain names into IP addresses. This makes it possible for you to enter a domain name like mywebsite.com instead of the IP address. Domain names are much easier to type and remember. There are usually two to three nameservers that handle these requests. You should have received this information in the welcome email that was sent to you after you purchased your domain and hosting. The namecheap nameserver is DNS one and DNS two dot name cheap hosting dot com.
If you can't find this info, contact your hosting company's customer support or search through your support docs. In the previous demo, I used namecheap to purchase a domain and shared web hosting. To update the name servers in namecheap, sign in to your account if you aren't already signed in. Then go to your dashboard. From the left hand side, go to your domain list. I have two domains right now. I'm just going to select the first one and click manage. From here, I'll scroll down to my name server section, and in this drop down, I'm going to make sure the name cheap web hosting DNS option is selected.
This refers to the shared hosting we just purchased. Select the check mark to save it, and this will now update your name servers to point your domain name to your host. This may take less than an hour and up to 48 hours for the DNS changes to propagate worldwide, meaning you might have to wait a little bit before your website is up and running. Once it propagates, you don't have to do this process again. In some hosting services, instead of choosing an option like namecheap web hosting DNS in our drop down, you would type in the actual name server.
The DNS one and DNS two dot name cheap hosting dot com value. So just to reiterate, the general concepts for setting up your account is the same, but the user interface and the exact steps may vary a little bit depending on which hosting or domain registrar you go with.
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