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How Do I Change My DNS or Name Servers?

For people to find your website, you will need to configure DNS and set name servers. You can either use HostGator's name servers or use third-party name servers. Either way, you would need to configure them, so your domain works with your HostGator web hosting account.

PLEASE NOTE: When changing name servers (also known as nameservers or name-servers) at the registrar, there will be 24-48 hours of DNS propagation time, where your website and email may not be available.

Option 1: Use HostGator Name Servers (Preferred)

The recommended route for most customers is to use HostGator's name servers (nameservers / name-servers) since they are automatically configured to work with HostGator web hosting accounts.

Step 1: Find Out Name Servers for Your Hosting Account

The first step would be to find out which name servers you should use for your HostGator hosting account.  This varies by server and type of hosting.  For instructions on how to find out your name servers, please read the article:

Step 2: Changing Name Servers

If you purchased your domain from HostGator, then you can manage it online through your Customer Portal

If you did NOT purchase your domain from us, we are not able to change the name servers because we don't control the domain. Please contact the place where you bought the domain and ask how to make the name server updates. Some registrars may call these nameservers or name-servers when you are looking for information for how to make this change (Most domain registrars have a tool so you can do this yourself.)

You will remove your registrar's current name servers and replace them with the HostGator name servers from your Welcome email.

To make things easier, we have compiled instructions for popular registrars. 

Changing Name Servers at HostGator

HostGator uses both LaunchPad and eNom as the registrar for domains. Both are managed through HostGator's domain control panel.

For more information on changing nameservers for domains registered with HostGator, you can check out this article.

Changing Nameservers (also called nameservers or name-servers) at Popular Registrars

These instructions are up-to-date as of the day we posted them. However, some registrars frequently change their website and may use different terms (such as referring to your name servers as nameservers), so expect variations from the instructions provided.

Note: We cannot provide direct support in modifying the DNS records at your registrar. Please contact your associated domain registrar for further assistance if you would like to update your A, MX, CNAME, or other DNS records.

Option 2: Use Name Servers Elsewhere (Advanced)

For some advanced users, it may be desirable to use different name servers (registrar instructions provided in Step 2). This requires more maintenance since it is not automatically updated like HostGator name servers are. If you wish to point your domain to HostGator while using third-party name servers, you will need to manage your domains' DNS records and point them to HostGator. For more details on how to do this, read the following article:

Please note that, if only the name servers were changed and no customization is done on a domain's DNS records at the host where the name servers are pointed, then all DNS records will automatically point to that name server's hosting provider. For example, a domain using Google's name servers without customizing the DNS records at Google will automatically point (host) that domain to Google.