How can I change the nameservers for my domain?

To change the nameservers for your domain, you will need to do the following:


1. Sign in to your Namecheap account.

2. Select Domain List from the left sidebar and click the Manage button next to your domain:



3. Find the Nameservers section and select your preferred option from the drop-down menu. Click on the green checkmark to save the changes:



You can choose from four possible options:

  • Namecheap BasicDNS – if you wish to point your domain to our default nameservers:
dns1.registrar-servers.com
dns2.registrar-servers.com

  • Namecheap Web Hosting DNS – if you have a shared hosting plan with us and wish to point your domain to our hosting nameservers:
dns1.namecheaphosting.com
dns2.namecheaphosting.com


NOTE: Once the nameservers are changed, all the custom DNS records for your domain name will be overwritten to our hosting ones. You will be able to re-create them in your cPanel Advanced DNS Editor and MX Entry menu where you can manage domain's email settings.

  • CustomDNS – if you wish to point your domain to custom nameservers (for example, your Personal DNS servers or third-party hosting nameservers if your domain is hosted with another DNS provider). You will need to fill in your hosting nameservers to the empty lines and click on the green checkmark to save the changes:


NOTE: Do *not* select "Namecheap Web Hosting DNS" or input dns1.namecheaphosting.com/ dns2.namecheaphosting.com nameservers unless you have a shared hosting plan with us.

  • Namecheap PremiumDNS is a paid DNS service that can be used with any domain registered at any registrar. This option will be available for the domains that have a PremiumDNS subscription attached.

NOTE: If you change nameservers from Custom nameservers to our default ones or vice versa, the host records will not be added to the new nameservers automatically. Please make sure to save all the needed settings and set them up manually after the nameservers switch.

Nameserver changes do not propagate instantly. Once your nameservers are changed, it may take up to 24 hours (more, in rare cases) for local ISPs to update their DNS caches so that everyone can see your website.

You can always check your domain name using any Proxy server as Proxy servers do not store cache, thus you can see the non-cached information.


That's it!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact our Support Team.

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