[Support Guide] How can I manage my DNS with Netlify if I used another vendor?

You are well on your way already - cool! Let’s get this figured out.

This will be a three-step process but don’t worry, it’s not that hard. Open an app you use to take some notes or grab a piece of paper if you are old-school like me.

  1. Go ahead and log in to your Netlify account, and add the name of the awesome domain you own to your site.
  2. While you are still logged in, let’s turn on DNS for your site. Click the … icon to the right of your custom name and select Setup Netlify DNS . There, scroll down to see your four Nameservers. Write or copy them down, because you’ll need them for the next (last!) step.
  3. Pull up the website for your domain registrar, aka the place where you bought your domain. Log in and edit the DNS settings there by replacing the existing nameservers with the Netlify nameservers you got from step 2.
  • NOTE: Before you do Step 3, if you have previously set up any records at your registrar, for example, an MX record to handle your email, enter those records over at Netlify. This will be on the same page where you see your name servers. There is more about this here.

  • Aaand you’re done! That should be all you need to do, but here is how you can check your (or any other domain) in the terminal:

whois myawesomedomain.com | grep -i "name server"

You should see the Netlify nameservers from step 2. It make take time (up to 48 hours in rare cases) for these changes to be visible in a browser, so don’t worry if you can’t see your site right away.

If you don’t see the right changes, try repeating the steps, or comment below and we’ll try and assist!