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When a domain is newly registered, the nameservers are changed, or DNS changes are made, you can expect a propagation time up to 24 hours. This is because it takes time for the DNS to take effect across the internet. The actual time of propagation may vary in some locations based on your network setup.

What is DNS propagation?

When you make a DNS change, it takes time for the changes to take effect. This is called DNS propagation. It is the time it takes for the domain DNS to refresh the cache on the network.

How long does it take to refresh my DNS cache?

The cache is cleared over a certain amount of time. We suggest waiting up to 24 hours for the DNS cache to be fully refreshed. DNS will refresh according to the "TTL" or "Time To Live". When the DNS refreshes according to its TTL, the propagation is complete and your site will load.

How do I check if my domain DNS is propagated?

You can always check where your domain is pointing by the following domain routing tool.

Visual Domain Routing Tool

You can also ping and trace route your domain locally from your Windows/Mac command prompt to verify what IP you are actually seeing. If the ping and traceroute test show your server with us in the outcome, you know the DNS is propagated.

Can I speed up the propagation process?

The quick answer is no. You can try speeding up the propagation time by having your TTL set to a lower number (not recommended). This will refresh the DNS at a quicker rate. We set the default TTL to 14400 (4 hours); however the network that you are using to access the internet may update at a slower rate.

You can try Clearing your DNS cache or "Flush the DNS". For information on how to flush your DNS, please see our article on How do I clear my local DNS cache?. Clearing your DNS cache does not always work, so sometimes you will just need to wait.

2012-07-17 9:33 pm
It would help if you explained how you pong your domain, locally or otherwise.
2012-07-17 9:34 pm
I meant to say "ping," not "pong"!
Staff
28,219 Points
2012-07-18 8:27 am
Hello unityman,

I agree! I have inserted a link to the instructions on how to do a ping and trace test. Thank you for pointing that out!

Best Regards,
Scott M
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2014-05-30 2:40 am

Hi,

 

Is there anyway to stop the propagation beacuse i updated wrong name server.

 

please check and clarify with me.

 

Thanks in advance.

Staff
9,968 Points
2014-05-30 6:07 am
Hello siva, and thanks for the comment.

Unfortunately there is no way to stop propagation if your updated name servers have already started spreading around the web. You could simply set your domain to the correct name server, and then that correct value would begin to propagate around the web at that point.

However if some servers already got the update for your domain pointing at the wrong name server, they will continue to point to the incorrect server and won't default back to the correct value until you update it and fix it.

Please let us know if you had any further questions at all.

- Jacob
n/a Points
2014-05-30 2:07 pm

Hi Jacob,

Thanks for your reply.

n/a Points
2014-10-16 1:05 am
This page was linked to from the add subdomain portion of cPanel. It discusses how DNS propagation works for a newly registered domain, but does not mention if there are any differences between that and just adding a subdomain. Otherwise, very informative, thanks!
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2014-11-26 2:29 am

Hello, my website http://www.gadgetghor.com/ is not loading properly. When I visit the site its showing this page http://www.gadgetghor.com/cgi-sys/defaultwebpage.cgi

Please help me.. 

Staff
25,386 Points
2014-11-26 9:16 am
Hello Saimon,

Sorry you're having problems seeing the page properly. When we look, we see the store page with no problem. It may simply be a caching issue. Make sure that your browser cache is clear before reloading the page. I hope this helps to resolve your problem. Please let us know if you have any further questions or comments.

Regards,
Arnel C.
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2015-01-26 5:04 pm

Am trying to move my site from one host to another but on accessing my site it redirects to an entirely different site altogether. Pls what is the reason for this.

Staff
25,386 Points
2015-01-26 6:07 pm
Hello Kipe,

Thanks for the question. Unfortunately, you have given us NO information about your domain name so that we could research it. If you're moving a domain from one host to another, the name servers that were assigned to your domain are what determine WHERE you site is pulling its files from. You can use WHOIS to determine where your site is pointing to. If you're an InMotion customer, we have an article that explains how to change your DNS.

I hope this helps to answer your question, please let us know if you require any further assistance.

Regards,
Arnel C.
n/a Points
2015-06-03 10:39 am

We recently set up a mobile site and our webmaster has told us he set up the CNAME records, however when we check it  we get an error message.  It has been over 24 hours.  Here is our mobile link

m.cwihomes.com

Thank you for your help!

Staff
25,386 Points
2015-06-04 10:32 am
Hello Stefanie,

I double checked this today, and it seems to be okay. If you have any further questions or comments, please let us know.

Regards,
Arnel C.

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