DreamHost DNS overview

DNS, or Domain Name System, provides various records that are looked up and used to make the Internet work. More specifically, it's a system that translates your domain name into an IP address. Your site will have a variety of DNS records for the multiple services it uses. The details in this article provide information regarding some of the records that are applied to your domain at DreamHost.

DreamHost DNS

Viewing your DNS records

You can review all of the DNS records that are set up for any site you host at DreamHost on the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Manage Domains’) page. Under the domain name, click on the 'DNS' link:

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The details for each column consist of the DNS record set up for your domain:

Record Type Value
  • Shows the service for this record.
  • For example, if you have a record for the ‘www’ service, the ‘www’ name will be listed under this column.
  • Shows the record type.
  • For the ‘www’ hosting service, you will see ‘A’ here as it would be set up as an ‘A’ record for that service.
  • Shows the value for that record. You will see a different value here depending on the type of record that’s set up
  • For the ‘www’ record, this column will show an IP address to point the ‘www’ record to so that it’s hosted with DreamHost.

This information is very handy if your domain points to non-DreamHost nameservers and you need to configure any or all of these records manually to point to DreamHost services.

If you are using DreamHost hosting services (including parking or a redirect of the site), and your domain is registered with DreamHost, you should use these name servers:

  • ns1.dreamhost.com 64.90.62.230
  • ns2.dreamhost.com 208.97.182.10
  • ns3.dreamhost.com 66.33.216.216

As long as the nameservers are pointing to DreamHost, the records on your domain’s DNS page will be applied to your domain.

Using a domain managed by a third-party registrar

If you want to use domain name that is registered at a third party registrar, you need to update your DNS records to point to DreamHost. You must update the DNS records at your third party registrar (the place where you purchased the domain registration).

Once updated, you can use the domain with any DreamHost hosting services. Visit the following article for instructions on how to do this at your specific registrar:

At your third party registrar, update your nameservers to the DreamHost namservers shown below:

  • ns1.dreamhost.com
  • ns2.dreamhost.com
  • ns3.dreamhost.com

Please note that it can take several hours for DNS records to propagate. Once that happens, you are able to use this domain with any DreamHost hosting service.

Customizing DNS records

Additionally, you can have your domain’s nameservers pointing to DreamHost, but point your domain’s A records to another web host so that the site is being hosted elsewhere. You can also create custom DNS entries on the ‘DNS’ page for your domain.

View the following article for more information on Custom DNS instructions:

Non-editable DNS records

You’ll notice that there are numerous non-editable DNS records on your domain’s DNS page.

If you need to modify the A record, "www", or "ftp" records for your domain, you will need to remove the web hosting from that domain. This is necessary to prevent the domain from pointing to two different records.

To remove hosting (which removes your non-editable records), navigate to the (Panel > ‘Domains’ > ‘Manage Domains’) page. Then click the Remove button to the right of your domain:

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If you do not remove your hosting when adding your custom A records, a DNS conflict will occur as the domain will then point to two locations and will not respond properly.

  • When you remove the web hosting, it will take some time before the change is reflected in the DNS records.
  • You can force the refresh on your domain's edit page, but you can do so once every 12 hours.
  • A typical DNS change will take up to 6 hours to resolve. Changes to the nameservers, however, will take longer. This will often resolve within 3 to 72 hours.

See also

Below are some helpful links to outside sources that provide you with further details on various topics discussed on this page. The ‘Tool for looking up DNS records’ page is especially helpful in looking up your domain’s DNS records.

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External:

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