View Full Version : How to get servers to go to new hosted site
Jan 23rd, 2003, 07:15 AM
I recently (last night) uploaded my site to a new host. At home internet explorer goes to my new site fine, but at work it still goes to the old site which is apparently still up and running (the host is closing soon). A tracert from work shows the old IP address as well. How long does it take to update the servers to the new IP address? Is there anyway I can get my domain's new IP address updated in all the databases? I'm not all that familiar with how servers store domain's IP address's locations, etc.
Feb 11th, 2003, 11:53 AM
This is an old thread but I see this question asked so much I am going to answer it.
Once you have uploaded to a new host you have to change the nameservers for your domain name to point to the new server. This means going to your domain registrar (dotster, register.com, etc.) and inputting the new nameservers there.
Once the nameservers have been updated at the domain registrar it takes up to 72 hours for this information to filter through the internet. What happens is that your domain registrar submits this information to the master record database and it is available there very soon. However, each ISP (the way you access the internet) does not use the master record every time they need to find a domain name. What the ISPs do is copy the master record and then have their own database of nameserver information. When someone on their ISP looks for a domain name they are given the information in their database not necessarily the up to date master record. The problem comes due to the fact that each ISP updates their database with the new information whenever they want to. Some do it every night, some every other day and some up to 3 days. So even though you made the nameserver changes it *depend* on when your ISP updates the info in their database, which can take up to three days.
Feb 11th, 2003, 05:59 PM
Great answer, Richard. Can I print it out and show it to everyone who tells me "my site's not working!" a couple of hours after I set them up? :D
Feb 11th, 2003, 06:18 PM
Absolutely. Feel free to use it as much as you like. I think I can type this answer in my sleep... :D
Feb 11th, 2003, 07:19 PM
Better idea .. I'll get them to ring you ... :D
Feb 12th, 2003, 06:24 AM
Sure, send them on. Where should I send the bill...
$42.00 for support call
$3.89 for telephone ring (each ring before its picked up)
$.38 for pencil chewed during call
$3.24 for tax
$2.50 for dropping the phone
$.85 for bending down to pick up phone
$4.00 for for for repeating myself
$3.2 billion for processing
Will that be cash, check or charge? :D
Feb 12th, 2003, 12:11 PM
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