For those who want to be more technically savvy, you can start learning about the technical terms related to your web hosting. Sometimes when you need to redirect other domains to your website or when you switch your domain name, you may encounter the term Name Server within your admin console.
Before you freak out and look for the next “tech guy” to help you out, this is something that you can actually learn how to do.
Wouldn’t it be great if you can do some of the minor adjustments (which have big impacts) on your own? That you are not totally dependent on your web guy to fix everything for you? Let’s start with the name servers. What are these, anyway, and how do you use them and change them for your website?
- It acts as the primary gateway to responses regarding its database
- It holds the record for your mail exchange server files
- It holds the A and AAA addresses for your host
For practical implications, you need to change your DNS settings when you want to point a particular domain towards a certain server. For example, you just bought your iloveshoes.com domain and you want it to also point to the existing shoeshoppingonline.com. This kind of redirection increases your foot traffic to your website and can simply be done by editing the DNS settings from your admin console.
Here’s a simple guide on how you can change your name server settings if you are on FatCow:
- Go to your Domain Central for FatCow users.For other hosting companies, this is an icon within your vDeck or cPanel main page.
- Look for the domain that you want to change or edit and then select the “+” icon. There should be a Name Servers tab within that. Click it.
- There will be two options – Use default name servers and Use different name servers. If you choose the default mode then this will not require any further action from you. If you choose the different name servers, then you need a few extra steps. This often requires special knowledge from your tech guy, so to speak. So if I were you, go for the default name servers setting.
- Click save when you are done so that the changes can take effect.
For FatCow, the name server settings are:
This can be catastrophic since the old server, if not paid for monthly, can be shut down by the web hosting company. So when you switch web hosts, this is probably the first thing that you need to do.
The process of changing DNS settings is the same with FatCow. This all happens on the account that bought your domains – usually from GoDaddy. But if you get more domains from FatCow, you can also manage it from the vDeck panel so that you don’t have to do multiple logins of various web admin tools to get things done.