Adding DNS


The DNS page provides a graphical interface that allows you to make important changes to your domain settings. You can use the DNS page to check your current records, view the propagation status, change your nameservers, and more.

Make sure you understand how DNS works before attempting to make changes to your DNS settings. See the following article for more information about viewing and making changes to your DNS settings at DreamHost:

Opening the DNS page

To open the DNS page, click the Manage button that appears within each domain listed on the Manage Websites page (Grid or List view):

The following page appears showing you three tabs (Website, Hosting, and DNS). Select the DNS tab:
The DNS page opens:


The following options appear in the Records section, which is described below:


Domain propagation status


The indicator shows you if the domain is propagated. The following options appear:

  • Propagated (green) — Your site's DNS records have been updated worldwide.
  • Checking (orange) — DreamHost is checking whether your domain's DNS records have propagated worldwide.

See the following article for more information:

DNS Checker


The DNS Propagation Checker allows you to select various records and then instantly check a website's current IP address and DNS record information against multiple nameservers located in different parts of the world. An interactive map and listing of cites appear, which show you the current status of the lookup for your domain:


See the following article for more information:

Refresh DNS


Click the Refresh DNS button to refresh your DNS settings. An indicator appears indicating the progress.

Add Record


Click the Add Record button to make changes to your DNS records for a domain. The following options are available:

  • A
  • AAAA
  • MX
  • TXT
  • SRV (advanced)
  • NS (advanced)

See the following articles for more information:

DNS propagation

Once you have added your custom DNS records, they must then update online. This can take several hours. View the following DNS propagation articles for more information:



Your current Nameservers are listed in this section. Click the Change button to make adjustments to your Nameservers.

See the following article for more information:

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