Checking where your Nameservers are pointed

Overview

This article describes how to check where your Nameservers are pointed. For an overview of what Nameservers are, view the following article.

Checking where your nameservers are pointed

The following explains how to use the DreamHost DNS Propagation Checker, found on the Manage Websites panel page.

      1. Navigate to the Manage Websites page.
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      2. Click the DNS button. The DNS Propagation Checker automatically runs when you visit the DNS page. 
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      3. Click the DNS Checker button to view the results.
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      4. Click the Enter Host dropdown to select specific records to check and click the Select record for checking dropdown to select the record type to check.

Nameservers

A list of DNS servers around the world appears below along with a map. If the Nameservers are pointed to the following records, all of your DNS records are hosted at DreamHost.

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

Green checkmark or red X

A green checkmark confirms the DNS is updated in those locations. If you see a single red X, it most likely means there's an issue with the specific DNS server being used at that location.

If you see multiple red Xs, it means one of two things.

      • You have not configured DNS yet at the company where your domain is registered
      • You have updated your DNS settings, but they are still propagating online

The following sections describe how to fix these two issues.

You have not configured DNS yet at the company where your domain is registered

The name of your website must first be registered. You can register the domain at any company you like, but that will be the company you must log into to update your Nameservers.

For example, if you registered the domain at DreamHost, you can configure your Nameservers in the DreamHost panel.

If you registered the domain at another company, you must log in to that company's panel to update your Nameservers. This article links to several articles from major hosting companies on how to do this.

You have updated your DNS settings, but they are still propagating online

If you have updated the Nameservers, it could take 24-72 hrs for them to fully update online. This is called DNS propagation. The following article explains this in more detail.

While the DNS is updating online, you will see red Xs in the results above. They will turn green once everything has updated.

 

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