A nameserver is a server on the web that is specialized to handle queries regarding locations of domain names various services. These servers are a fundamental piece of the DNS (domain name system) that allow the use of domain names instead of IP addresses.
When you change your website to a different host, its often likely that you will need to change your domain’s nameservers in Godaddy to move your domain to your new hosting.
In this guide, we are going to go through step-by-step, how to change your nameservers in Godaddy to change your hosting. Specifically for example sake, we are going to show you how to change Godaddy nameservers to Tyton Media’s DNS but you can substitute your new nameservers and it will work great!
Find Your New Nameservers
First, you need to figure out what your new nameservers are. If you purchased hosting somewhere, they probably sent you an email containing your new nameservers and they most likely look something like this:
Nameserver 1: ns1.tytonhost.com Nameserver 2: ns1.tytonhost.com
These are called nameservers and they act as a sort of hosting server for your domain name.
Get a Domain Name
If you have already purchased your domain name then simply log in to your Godaddy account and go to ‘Manage my Domains’.
If you do not have your domain then simply find an available domain, purchase it, and then go to ‘Manage my Domains’.
You should see a list of all the domains that you have purchased in Godaddy.
Note that your newly purchased domain name may not show up in your manage domains list for 5-10 minutes. Just keep refreshing until it shows up.
Changing Godaddy Nameservers
Simply find the domain you are moving to your new hosting/server and click the down arrow to the right of the domain name.
Select ‘Set Nameservers’ and a prompt will come up that shows your current nameservers.
If you have just purchased your domain or you have your current domain hosted at Godaddy then you will see the default Godaddy nameservers:
But if you have already changed your nameservers (or your webmaster has) then you will see your current nameservers with the custom radio button selected.
Choose ‘edit nameservers’ to change the nameservers to the new DNS host. A prompt will pop up for you to edit your nameservers.
They usually begin with NS then the number of the server, a period, then the domain name.
Here is what our nameservers are:
When you have copied in the correct nameservers, click ‘OK’ and your nameservers will begin propagating to your new server.
Updating your nameservers can take anywhere between 5 minutes and 48 hours so you sometimes have to be patient for this part.
Domain Propagation Status
So how do you know when your domain is fully propagated to your new server?
We use the global propagation tool to check the status of the propagation.
Just enter in the domain name that you have changed, and choose the NS option in the select list.
It will show you the currently registered nameservers at a list of servers around the world.
You can also choose the A record in the dropdown list and that will show the current IP address of the domain. This should match your new servers’ IP address.
Once all of the nameservers are updated to the newest nameservers you entered, then your website should now be accessible from your new server.
That’s it! If you have any questions or comments, please let us know below!