This will show you how to change or set your domain name server settings correctly.
What are DNS settings?
The domain name server settings determine where on the internet the corresponding website is hosted. domain ‘points’ to the server that has your website on it.
When to change them?
If you’ve just purchased a new domain and have a hosting package, you will want to adjust the DNS settings straight away so that you can start installing WordPress and building your new website.
If you’re migrating to new hosting or updating to a new website, you’ll want to create the new one and then change the DNS settings at the last-minute. This means zero downtime for your current site with a smooth changeover.
NOTE: If you’ve been using the domain for email accounts, making this change will interrupt them. Check your emails right before making these changes.
You will need to create email accounts in cPanel that reflect your previous ones immediately after reassigning the DNS records, to minimize down time.
How to change your DNS (domain name servers)
1. Find out what the DNS settings for your hosting are.
If you login to your hosting account often they will display them for you. You would have also received them in your initial email when you purchased your hosting.
They look something like:
2. Login to the control panel for your domain and update the DNS settings to reflect the Name Servers in the previous step.
If you are transferring from a previous hosting account you will need to wait anywhere from 24-48 hours for this change to propagate across the internet.
3. Check the progress of your DNS settings with this tool.
Once these settings have resolved to the new server, you can start installing WordPress.