Nameservers

From DreamHost
Jump to: navigation, search

The following are the DreamHost nameservers:

  • ns1.dreamhost.com 66.33.206.206
  • ns2.dreamhost.com 208.97.182.10
  • ns3.dreamhost.com 66.33.216.216

Where possible, always try and use the name instead of the IP address.

Also note that a name server change can only be made through the domain's current registrar.


What do nameservers do?

Your domain's nameserver setting determines where all the DNS records used by your domain are kept and managed. You can set your domain to use DreamHost's nameservers, so that your domain will automatically use the DNS records from your DreamHost panel, and if the DreamHost DNS changes your website will automatically be updated to use the new information.

Keep in mind that nameservers control all DNS information, including those for your website and email. Changing what nameservers your domain uses may change all the domain's services (website, email, etc) to point to a new location or host. If that's what you want, that's fine! Just be sure to check, before you change the nameserver setting, that all the DNS records you want your domain to continue using are already setup on the new nameservers.

How do I change my nameservers?

Please note that nameservers can only be changed for domains that are registered with DreamHost. There are a lot of reasons for changing nameservers - you may need to host a domain elsewhere, or perhaps you want to run your DNS through a CDN (content delivery network) like CloudFlare. Whatever the reason, we make it easy to switch your domain's nameservers in the DreamHost panel.

Navigate to the Manage Domains page in the panel and locate the listing for the domain you want to edit. Just under the domain name, click the "DNS" link.

Dns1.PNG


On the next page, look for the "Change yourdomain.com's whois nameservers" section. If it's not there, that means the domain isn't registered with us and its nameservers aren't controlled from the DreamHost panel. In that case you would need to login to your account with the registrar from whom you purchased the domain and make the changes there.

Dns2.png


Simply erase the nameservers listed in each box and replace them with the nameservers provided by the new host. Not all hosts require three or four nameservers, some only have two. Click the blue "Set these nameservers for yourdomain.com!" button to save your changes.

It can take anywhere from 12-48 hours for nameserver changes to completely propagate, so don't be surprised if your domain isn't routing to the new nameservers right away. DNS propagation isn't something we can control, so once you set your new nameservers, sit tight and check your site periodically to make sure the changes have gone through.

See also