Updating Nameservers on WordPress.com

Updating nameservers on WordPress.com is an often-missed step in the site migration process. You’ve moved your posts and pages from your hosted WordPress.com to a self-hosted WordPress site on your chosen hosting service.

Now you need to tell the internet that your content has a new home.

In order for the internet to know that your the content connected to your domain has moved, you will need to update your nameservers.

The first step is locate the nameserver addresses of your new hosting service. Each hosting service displays this information a bit differently. If you can’t immediately locate the information, use the site’s search function.

SiteGround identifies the nameservers address as Account DNS.

Log in to your SiteGround account. Click on the My Accounts tab. Click on the Information & Settings tab. The URLs that start with ns1 and ns2 are the information you will need to copy and paste.

Nameservers information for SiteGround hosting account

BlueHost locates the nameservers information under the Domains tab.

Log in to your BlueHost account. Click on the Domains tabs. Click on your domain in the bottom left box. Click on the Nameservers tab in the box to the right. The URLs that start with ns1 and ns2 are the information you will need to copy and paste.

Nameservers information for BlueHost hosting account

Now the you have located the nameservers information, go back to the dashboard of your WordPress.com account. Click on Domains in your dashboard menu.

If your domain was registered through your WordPress.com account, your Domains page should look like this. Make sure your domain that ends in wordpress.com is set to the Primary Domain.

To access your nameservers settings, click the arrow to the far right of your domain.

Then click the arrow to the far right of the Name Servers and DNS tab.

Switch the button to off. Then copy and paste the nameservers information you located from your hosting service. Be sure to click the blue Save button.

Once you have saved the new nameservers settings, this new address will start propagating throughout the world wide web. This process usually takes between 12 to 48 hours. To check the progress of the change, you can use DNSChecker. Add your URL to the domain field and leave the second field set to A. You are watching for all the locations to display a green checkmark and the IP (number) equivalent of your new nameservers.





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