All traffic on the Internet is controlled by a vast addressing system called the Domain Name Service (DNS). This interconnected directory system keeps track of every domain and the servers that are responsible for that domain.
In order to get your website to show up on the Internet, you may need to edit the name servers for your domain.
Here is an example of how to do this using GoDaddy.com. For this example, it is assumed you have registered your domain with GoDaddy but your website is being hosted somewhere else.
- Login to GoDaddy.com
- Click on the “Visit My Account” button under your name, on the top navigation bar.
- Click the “Launch” button to the right of the “Domains” section.
- Click on the “Manage” link in the Name Servers section of the Domain Details page. (See graphic to right)
- Select the “Custom” Setup Type option.
- Click the “Add Nameserver” button.
- Type in the nameserver address that was provided by your web hosting provider. There are always TWO nameservers, so make sure you add both of them.
- When done, click “Save”
- It can take up to 48 hours for the name servers to update throughout the Internet, so be patient.
Check out this video if you’re still having issues updating your namesevers on Godaddy.