How to: Change your domain nameservers (DNS servers)

This guide will show you how to edit your domain Nameservers (DNS Servers). Nameservers are used to point your domain name at your website hosting provider, DNS service provider (if not using our DNS), or possibly another email provider.  You are required to have a minimum of 2 nameservers assigned to each domain name.

NOTE: If you intend to use Hover's Connect feature for simple DNS setup, you must have your domain's nameservers pointed to ns1.hover.com and ns2.hover.com, in order for it to work.

Setting Your Nameservers to Point at Hover (in order to use Hover DNS)

If you need to point a domain name at Hover to use our DNS services, please perform the following steps:

  1. Log into your Hover account here: https://hover.com/signin

  2. Hover over Your Account, and then select Domains.

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  3. You can Select the domain, and this will bring you to the Overview page.

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    Here you will see the Name Server section:

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  4. An edit window will appear showing your existing nameservers. You can replace these with the new name servers you wish to use and hit Save Nameservers.

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Once saved, the changes can take 24-48 hours to fully propagate across the Internet.

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    Konstantin Pendrakovski

    Hi, I try to change to custom namservers i keep getting the message "Nameserver does not exist at the registry (code: 480)"

    please help

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    Kimberly Eide

    Question. I've attempted to update my name servers and only get an error code 460. Any help would be awesome.

     

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    Pierre-Michel Morais-Godin

    Trying to change Nameservers and got "SSL_connect returned=1 errno=0 state=error: certificate verify failed" error ...

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    Cindy Broadwater

    When trying to change the nameservers, I get a message-"Must be Unique" and can not edit them.....What do I do?

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    Courtney Mathieson

    Hi Cindy, 

    You may be getting that error if you are trying to enter the same nameserver twice (into both the nameserver 1 and 2 slots) as they must be different from each other. 

    That being said, I will shoot you an email so we can discuss the specifics of your set up and what may be going on with it. 

    Thanks!

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    Bob Baker

    I am trying to update my DNS entries to point to WordPress, but it keeps telling me the entries are invalid?

    NS1.WORDPRESS.COM
    NS2.WORDPRESS.COM
    NS3.WORDPRESS.COM

     

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    Courtney Mathieson

    Hi Bob, 

    Thanks for reaching out about this. 

    That error can occur when they are entered in all caps. If you try entering them lower case, it should except them:

    ns1.wordpress.com

    ns2.wordpress.com

    ns3.wordpress.com

    Thanks!

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    Patrick Azria

    Hello, my webhost is going out of business. What do I need to do until I find a new hosting service? Do I need to change the DNS server names that are currently pointing to their servers?

    Thanks

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    Courtney Mathieson

    Hi Patrick, 

    I see that you have already discussed the specifics of your situation with us by Chat and Email. 

    Typically, you would first want to make sure that everything is backed up if your hosting service is going out of business.

    Then, while we don't offer hosting ourselves, we can help you with transitioning to a new hosting service when you are ready. This may involve you switching to hover's nameservers or the nameservers of your new host, this would depend on the specifics of the new hosting service (but you can always reach out to us and we can help get that sorted out). 

    Thanks! 

    Courtney 

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