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What is Propagation?

 

Change your DNS info on your domain name

You need to basically tell your domain name to "point" to the Island Hosting servers. This is done by changing the DNS information for that domain name.

You will need to access the site that you purchased your domain name from and there should be a member's section. This will require a Username and Password [that you received when you bought the domain name].

Then find the section that says something like "Change or Update DNS info". You then replace the information that is currently there with the nameserver information that came with your welcome email. You'll see 2 nameservers and 2 IP addresses.

By entering this information, you are instructing that requests for your domain name are directed to the Island Hosting servers. It could take up to 3 days for your domain to be fully propagated and for your site to be accessible via your domain name.

If you can't find a Member's section on the site that you purchased the domain name from, email their support staff and tell them what you want to do etc.

By redelegating your DNS info for your domain name, you are in effect hooking your domain name up with the Island Hosting servers and any requests for your domain name will be routed to the Island Hosting servers.

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Access your domain before propagation

To access your sites before the domain has propagated, simply access via the server's IP address and the ~username of the account. So, that would be http://serverIP/~username.

Details of your server's IP address are in your Welcome Email.

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Domain propagation antics!

A lot of support requests that we receive are about domain propagation and clients not being able to view their newly created sites. This article will go about trying to explain what is happening and why you can't view your new site whereas someone else can view your site.

You've just opened your new account here and you've gone along to your domain registrar and you've updated the DNS info for that domain so that it now points to your account on the Island Hosting server that you're on. Your site will not become visible by the domain name for probably 48 hours. Why is this taking so long, you ask? Basically all the ISPs around the net have to update their DNS cache and this takes time.

Why does it take so long? There are various reasons, but some studies have suggested that there are literally millions of DNS Servers that need to be notified of the new information!

Propagation takes two forms, changes to your DNS Zone and changes to your WHOIS information. The WHOIS is the master record that tells every DNS Server in the world which is the authoritative server for your domain. A change to your WHOIS information (done by your domain registrar) can take up to 72 hours to propagate fully. A change to your DNS Zone information typically affects only a handful of servers, and so is done much more quickly.

You can also access the site via the http://SERVERIP/~username. Check the "SERVERIP" from your Welcome Email.

A common question we get is that why can I access the site but my client cannot access the new site. The answer to this is that your ISP has updated its DNS information and the ISP of your client has not yet updated their DNS info. Hence you are looking at the new location of the domain name, whereas your client will still be looking at the old location.

Use this page to check the whois and other nameserver checks for your domains - http://registrar.verisign-grs.com/whois/. Just because you can see the updated information on this page, this doesn't mean that your site is viewable at its new location by everyone from around the net. True domain propagation takes up to 72 hours, maybe even longer.

So, hang in there and ride out the domain propagation waiting game.

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Tell me all about DNS and how it works

http://www.zoneedit.com/doc/dns-basics.html

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What is Propagation?

Merriam-Webster defines propagation as:

the act or action of propagating : as a : increase (as of a kind of organism) in numbers b : the spreading of something (as a belief) abroad or into new regions c : enlargement or extension (as of a crack) in a solid body

For our purposes, definition B is most appropriate. Quite literally, propagation is the time during which your DNS Zone information is spread abroad to servers that didn't know about it before.

Why does it take so long? There are various reasons, but some studies have suggested that there are literally millions of DNS Servers that need to be notified of the new information!

Propagation takes two forms, changes to your DNS Zone and changes to your WHOIS information. The WHOIS is the master record that tells every DNS Server in the world which is the authoritative server for your domain. A change to your WHOIS information (done my your domain registrar) can take up to 72 hours to propagate fully. A change to your DNS Zone information typically affects only a handful of servers, and so is done much more quickly.

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