Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Setting Name Servers for Your Domains

After you get a new domain name, you need to tell DNS how to resolve that name into an IP address for your Web server. DNS requests are initiated by the browser. Anytime you go to a website, the domain name must be mapped into an IP address.

The first step in setting up your domain is to map your domain name to your hosting provider's name servers. If you are using GoDaddy, here's the domain details page, where you'll find the "Nameservers" pulldown. Select "Set Nameservers".

Domain Name Server

This screenshot is specific to GoDaddy, but then it's a very popular domain registrar. If you use someone else they will have similar functionality.

Here I've set the names of three nameservers from my hosting provider:

Domain Name Server
The DNS (Domain Name Server) from my hosting provider which is Rackspace (previously Slicehost) will handle the DNS request and map it into an IP address of my server. I'll talk about the next step in the process - configuring your hosting provider's DNS records - later.

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