DNS or Domain Name System is how your domain communicates with the different services that it utilizes, such as your website or your email. FareHarbor manages our websites’ DNS through our content delivery network, CloudFlare. Our team will query and copy any current DNS records on your domain prior to launching your website to ensure any current services you are currently utilizing continue to function after the website has launched.
A DNS is a company that manages the reservation of Internet domain names. Your DNS is where you bought your website URL. In order to take your FareHarbor Site live, we will need access to your Domain Registrar to point your URL at our nameservers.
Oftentimes, your domain registrar will be separate from your website hosting service. If you are unsure what your domain registrar is, follow the steps below for how to find it.
How to find your Domain Registrar
If you can’t remember where you bought your URL, you can use ICANN discovery lookup tool to track down that information.
- Navigate to https://lookup.icann.org/
- Type your URL (in the form of domain.com) into the search box and click “Lookup.”
- On the results page, in the second section titled “Registrar Information”, look for the “Name”. This is your domain registrar.
a. Please note, in some cases you may see a domain registrar that looks unfamiliar to you. If you purchased your domain through your website host, the registrar shown may be the reseller for that website host. In this case, contact your Account Manager or website Project Coordinator for next steps.
Common DNS Servers/Registrars
- Network Solutions
- Google Domains
Once you’ve confirmed your domain registrar and login info, send it along to your FareHarbor Account Manager or website Project Coordinator, and we will take care of updating your website URL to point to your new website once you’ve approved it.
Note: Although this process usually takes less than 24 hours, in some cases it may take up to 72 hours before your site is completely updated.
See also: Going Live: What to Expect