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Setting Your GoDaddy Nameservers to Another Host

A nameserver is a computer server that performs a directory query, which links a human-readable, website URL with a computer-system identification IP address (read more on nameservers here).

If you register a URL with one hosting service  and decide later to switch to another host, you will need to change the nameserver so that it no longer points to old host, but instead points to the new host. The new host should provide you with nameservers (usually, they look something like “ns1.hostdomain.com” and “ns2.hostdomain.com”).

Here’s detail on how to point your nameservers away from Godaddy.

1. Login to your GoDaddy Account.
2. Click on My Account
3. Click on Launch Domains
4. Click on the domain name you want to modify.
5. On the left, under the section header “Nameservers,” click “Set Nameservers.”Godaddy Domain Management Screen
6. In the popup, select “I have specific nameservers for my domains”

Godaddy Nameserver Selection Lighbox

7. Enter your nameserver for nameserver 1 and nameserver 2 and then click “okay”.

It may take hours, or several days before the nameserver is updated (or propagated). You can check the status of your update by searching google for , or by visiting whatsmydns.net.

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