How Do I Change My DNS or Name Servers?

In order for people to find your website, you will need to configure DNS and set name servers, You can either use HostGator's name servers, or you can use third-party name servers. Either way, you would need to configure them so your domain works with your HostGator web hosting account.

PLEASE NOTE: When changing name servers at the registrar, there will be 24-48 hours of DNS propagation time, where your website and email may not be available.


Option 1: Use HostGator Name Servers (preferred)

The recommended route for most customers is to use HostGator's name servers since they are automatically configured to work with HostGator web hosting accounts.

Step 1: Find Out Name Servers for Your Hosting Account

The first step would be to find out which name servers you should use for your HostGator hosting account.  This varies by server and type of hosting.  For instructions on how to find out your name servers, please read the article:

Step 2: Changing Name Servers

If you purchased your domain from HostGator, then you can manage it online.

If you did NOT purchase your domain from us, we are not able to change the name servers because we don't control the domain. Please contact the place where you bought the domain and ask how to make the name server updates. Most domain registrars have a tool so you can do this yourself. Then you will remove the current name servers and replace them with the name servers from your welcome email.

To make things easier, we have compiled instructions for popular registrars. 

Changing Name Servers at HostGator

HostGator uses both LaunchPad and eNom as the registrar for domains. Both are managed through HostGator's domain control panel.

Changing Name Servers at Popular Registrars

These instructions are up-to-date as of the day we posted them however some registrars frequently change their website, so expect variations from the instructions provided.


Option 2: Use Name Servers Elsewhere (advanced)

For some advanced users, it may be desirable to use different name servers. This requires more maintenance, since it is not automatically updated like HostGator name servers are. For more details on how to do this, read the following article: