DNS and Nameserver Changes

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Why DNS and Nameservers are Important

Domain names are important because they are what people type into a browser in order to see your content or application. DNS entries are important because they include the address of your site, different records that provide instructions about your domain, and the nameservers that identify where to find the DNS entries that apply to your domain.

Understanding the different DNS entries and how to change them is critical in keeping your website properly configured. Note that this article pertains to DNS entries made and maintained within the cPanel interface.

Please be aware that it may take up to 24 hours for DNS changes to take effect. More info on this can be found in, How long do DNS changes take?

Nameservers for Shared, VPS, & Dedicated Accounts (not Resellers)

When updating your domain’s nameservers to point your domain to InMotion Hosting, you will need to use the following nameservers:

HostnameIP Address

Nameservers for Resellers (Not Shared, VPS or Dedicated Accounts)

When updating your domain’s nameservers to point your domain to a Reseller account, you will need to use the following nameservers:

HostnameIP Address

As a reseller you can also use custom Nameservers, here is a link to our guide on Using Custom Nameservers as a Reseller.

DNS Record Types

Common DNS entries include A records, CNAME records, MX records, Nameserver records, and TXT records. These records have various purposes, but they provide information on how your domain should be handled. So, for example, if you wanted to redirect a subdomain to a different location, then it would use the DNS information to do that.

DNS entries also include mail server settings, security settings, and other application records that can be recorded in TXT files.

Changing your Nameservers

The nameservers determine where the active and accurate DNS records for a domain lie. They point to the authoritative DNS server. Since domains can move from one domain registrar to another, there needs to be a system in place that could help identify where the applicable DNS records for the domain are located.

Your nameservers will need to be updated at your domain’s registrar, such as GoDaddy or Network Solutions. If you’re unsure how to update your nameservers, please contact your current registrar for further assistance.

If you require help finding the domain registrar for your site, you can contact our technical support team, or you can it yourself by going to ICANN Lookup page. Type in your domain name and you will see the domain information.

Understanding your domain’s DNS entries and how to change them will help you in many ways. It will help you keep applications properly running with needed DNS entries, content properly displayed when you’re updating your site, and your website available to your viewers should you move to a new hosting service. Use our articles to learn more about DNS so that your website journey remains a success.

If you have a VPS or Dedicated server, check out our guide on Modifying DNS in WHM.

For more information on DNS and Nameservers, see our full video.

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