- Liquid Web’s nameservers
- Your private nameservers on your server or another server you control
- Ex.: ns.mysite.com
- Where you registered your domain name
- Ex.: Enom, GoDaddy, Namecheap, etc.
Either way you check your domains authoritative DNS you should always remember, if you don’t update DNS in the right place it wont take effect. This could mean your websites won’t load properly and can cause unnecessary downtime.
Discovering Where DNS Is Hosted – WebIf you aren’t comfortable using your terminal program to look up WHOIS information, use an online WHOIS checking tool.
Discovering Where DNS Is Hosted – CLIYou can easily find out where your DNS records are hosted using your server’s WHOIS entries.
- Launch your terminal program. Every operating system (Windows, Mac, and Linux) has a terminal program: use your computer’s search function to look for “terminal,” then open the terminal program you find.
- In the terminal window, type:
whois mysite.comand press Enter. Be sure to replace “mysite.com” with your site’s domain.
- You’ll start seeing a lot of information about your domain, including where it is registered and the nameservers you’re using.
Domain Name: LIQUIDWEB.COM Registrar: NETWORK SOLUTIONS, LLC. Sponsoring Registrar IANA ID: 2 Whois Server: whois.networksolutions.com Referral URL: http://networksolutions.com Name Server: NS.LIQUIDWEB.COM Name Server: NS1.LIQUIDWEB.COM Status: clientTransferProhibited https://icann.org/epp#clientTransferProhibited Updated Date: 04-aug-2016 Creation Date: 05-aug-1997 Expiration Date: 04-aug-2026
- Look specifically at the Name Server listing. In this example, you’ll see liquidweb.com uses Liquid Web’s nameservers. You might also see your own server listed as the nameserver (ns.mysite.com) or a domain registrar listed as the nameserver. This information tells you where you will be editing your DNS records:
- If you use Liquid Web nameservers: edit your DNS records in your Liquid Web account.
- If you use private nameservers: edit your DNS by logging into cPanel and searching for “Edit DNS Zone.”
- If you use a different registrar’s nameservers: edit your DNS records by logging into your account at your registrar.