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One's Own DNS servers and GoDaddy Hosting

With all other registrars all over the world, the change was pretty easy and took about 10-60 seconds. One needed to know the addresses of their DNS servers, type them in and that was it.

But not with GoDaddy. There, the situation is very different. First of all, they do not accept server names, but IPs. Also, the IPs need to be registered first, which takes up to two days. In addition to that, the process is very unintuitive. Here's how to do it.

  • Go to the GoDaddy website and log in.
  • Click on the “Domain Manager” on the left-hand side

  • Click on the domain, you want to edit (in this case DOMAIN.COM)

  • Then you get the Domain Manager Now, it is important to add servers to the summary, it's in the bottom-left (as of February 2010).

  • Add your two DNS servers (Go through the following dialog window twice.):

  • You will receive two emails confirming this addition. Then wait for a day or two. This is important. Although, you can see the new hosts in the summary, they may not be registered yet, which is why you need to wait.
  • After a day, try to chage your nameservers (click manage). The following figure shows, how it looks, if you're successful.

And that should be it.

If this still does not work, you may to try to contact the GoDaddy support, but in my case, they were not very helpful. They just sent me parts of their FAQ, which I of course had already read.

net/one_s_own_dns_servers_and_godaddy_hosting.txt · Last modified: 2017/05/16 11:10 (external edit)