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How to Re-Assign Nameservers and Things You Should Know

According to WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization), Intellectual Property refers to the creation and labor of the mind, including its fruition. It could be inventions, artistic and literary works, symbols, names, images and designs used in commerce. So, when someone came up with an epic or novel artistic creations, it can be protected in various ways and in many levels. This can be Patents, Trademarks or Copyright. But what are they exactly and how are they any different?

Re-Assigning Nameservers is just a process of redirecting the address to another hosting provider so that files will be solicited from the target hosting site. This happens if your domain registry, such as Web Central or GoDaddy, doesn’t have hosting service available. But mostly, almost all domain registries or hosting providers by now do have all this in one place. Which means, where you registered the domain, there will be a corresponding hosting service at your beck and call.

But in cases where you bought a website domain from a registry that doesn’t provide hosting service or at least doesn’t provide competitive hosting solutions, then your best bet is to re-assign your domain to your chosen hosting provider.

Domain and Hosting

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Before we delve down into what is and how to re-assign nameservers, let us first understand the dynamic duo of the cyberworld – Domain Name and Website Host or Hosting. Without these two, you neither have a website nor will you be found anywhere in the World Wide Web. Every website in the cyberworld will always have a domain and host.

Tell me one that doesn’t have. Maybe in the distant post-apocalyptic future, who knows. 😊

Having a domain and hosting is no different than owning a house or a real estate property. Every property, no matter if it’s commercial or residential, will always have a respective address (domain) and a respective property (hosting) – a condo, single detached, or an apartment.

So, the address of your Condo Unit might be, for example, Unit 1712 Tower 3 Grace Residences, Taguig City, Philippines. On the internet, it’s your domain, URL or web address, say for example, https://adamsproject.ph. And your Condo Unit is, say for example, a simple studio-type unit – where you put all your properties – sofa, toaster, cabinets, AC Unit, beds, TV, and all. And on the internet, these are your images, texts, videos, other media files, posts and pages. So, if you want to locate my property for a night of stay, you simply type on AirBnB or Google Map the address of my property.

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In the World Wide Web, if you want to locate my website, you go get a web browser type my website address (domain name) “www.adamsproject.ph” and in turn, the host (hosting provider) releases all the properties needed for my website to load – photos, texts, videos, audios, post pages, and all.

With that, where do Nameservers enter into the arena? Well, Nameserver is a human-readable address of the DNS (Domain Name System). When we say human-readable, it usually translates complicated numeric value into text-based readable terms, like an IP address (192.168.2.2) into readable www.adamsproject.ph, for example. Don’t worry, we’re still dealing with a website’s domain name – only that this time, it is getting a little bit complicated. But we don’t have to delve into it either.

So, how do you re-assign a nameserver to the other provider? It’s just a matter of copying the provided nameservers of the hosting provider to the nameserver slots of the domain registrar.

In this example, our domain name was bought at a domain registry Web Central, and the Hosting Provider is SiteGround.

Note: The terms, procedures, and placements of elements may change depending on the provider’s dashboard. But usually, they can be intuitively sought if you try to look further.

It usually starts with “ns1” – as in “ns1”, “ns2”, “ns3” followed by the domain name of the hosting provider. So, it would be – “ns1.siteground.net”, “ns2.siteground.net”. And usually up to ns3.siteground.com. But 1 redundancy is enough. This is done so that if the first nameserver fails, the other one will take over.

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In this case, the nameserver page is termed “Domain Delegation”. In another registry, it might be called as straightforward as “Nameservers”.

If there is a third nameserver slot and the provided is only two, delete the third one or just leave it blank. The same is true if the provided is 3, then just click Add Button to add more fields for the additional nameservers and so on.

Nameserver propagation requires 72 hours to fully propagate. But usually, after a couple of hours, it might have already propagated in the most strategic places on earth. And that might include your location.

That’s it, basically, you’re done!

Now, the proceeding steps are equally important if, and only if, you are re-assigning a nameserver with a linked application in it. Then there will be very important additional steps you need to do beyond just copying and renaming nameservers. And that will be copying DNS Records as well.

Remember that if you just copied and pasted the nameservers without updating the corresponding app DNS Records, especially if it concerns email exchanges, then this will create a problem with your app later on. Continue with the step if needed…

Copy every record that has something to do with the service or app. For this example, the app/service linked with the DNS Records is the Microsoft Outlook service. Otherwise, also included the Microsoft Cloud Computing Service known as Microsoft 365.

So, if the hosting DNS MX Record says “mx30.mailspamprotection.com”, replace it with the MX Records from the domain DNS. In this case, Outlook MX DNS, “ubgwa-com-au.mail.protection.outlook.com” and then just add the corresponding parameters. Note that if there are several MX Records on the hosting side, delete the remaining as you might only need one.

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After the replacements, very important is that you make sure that the two DNS versions are in sync with one another. Otherwise, your third-party service won’t work or will encounter bizarre issues. You can even ask your hosting provider support engineer to check them for you.

Important: Also, in this example, we are using Outlook or Microsoft 365 email service as an example. Typically, if you are just using your website’s Webmail account (for example, inquiry@adamsproject.ph), you will just receive and send emails through your webmail logon page (https://adamsproject.ph/webmail).

But in cases where you use Microsoft 365 mailing service, then you will no longer be able to receive and send email through your webmail logon page but through your Microsoft 365 Account or typically the Outlook Web App and or the Desktop App.

Do not ever think that your webmail mailing system is broken when you can no longer receive and send emails through it. This is just because all incoming emails are already re-routed to the Microsoft 365 account.

I learned this the hard way!

On the other hand, be wary if after putting all the third-party DNS credentials you still receive emails through the webmail logon page. That only means that your DNS Records are not in place or contain errors.

Done!

Remember, that you might need the help of a hosting support specialist to do this. As this gets a bit tricky as you go down the rabbit hole even to a seasoned web designer or developer. Most hosting providers include this kind of support to their patrons. So, check them out.

Note: This nameserver tutorial has high variability in its procedures and implementation depending on your domain and hosting providers, setups, and installations. So, check this out for yourself to be sure.

Enjoy!

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