How to Update Public DNS Records

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DNS, or Domain Name System, is a database that translates a domain name or web address into an IP or Internet Protocol address so that it is can be viewed properly in web browsers. The IP address is a series of numbers that translate to display an active website. DNS records are typically housed on the servers of the many companies that host websites. You can only update DNS records on websites for which you own or have administrative and technical access to.

  • Log into the domain manager section of your web host’s website. For example, if your website is hosted by GoDaddy.com, you will have to log into your user account with GoDaddy.com to access and update the DNS records.

  • Select the domain for which you want to update DNS records. Almost all website hosting companies have a feature for updating the DNS records of websites you own or have administrative or technical access to.

  • Update the IP address of the domain you have selected. Remember that the IP address is a series of numbers that were provided to you by your new hosting company. Once you’ve done this, your website’s DNS records should be updated with 24 hours.

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