What are Nameservers, and Where Can I Edit Them?

A nameserver (NS) is an authoritative server that provides up-to-date DNS records for a given domain. DNS records define the behaviour of your domain, and there are different record types to perform different roles. If you are eager to read up on them, Simple DNS Plus has a great resource here.

From the Client Area of canhost.ca, the pathway to find your nameservers for a specific domain is as follows:
"/ Client Area / My Domains / (your domain name) / Nameservers /"

  1. Login to the Client Area of canhost.ca. At the top, click on the button labeled 'Domains' to edit specific domains.

  2. Now that the domains are listed, click on the red wrench on the right to edit the specific domain that you would like to modify nameservers for.

  3. Now you are managing a specific domain, click the list item called 'Nameservers' on the left, under the section called 'Manage'.

We have 4 nameservers at CanHost, and they can be set by selecting the 'default' option. If you are intentionally using different nameservers than those provided by CanHost, no problem! However, be aware that when you change your nameservers this will have a direct impact on the availability of your website for 24-48 hours while the changes propagate (update everywhere) throughout the internet.

We use multiple nameservers that contain replicated information to both provide high availability of your DNS records, and to guard against the failure of individual servers. If they do not update automatically, they are provided here for your copy+pasting convenience:





Please do not hesitate to open a support ticket with us to ask any questions that you may have about changing your nameservers!

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