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Refreshing Your DNS Cache

Written by: on 02 December 2014 12:15 PM 02 December 2014 12:15 PM

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When you change the name servers the best way to test if the change is correct is to check at

Visit their site and type in the domain. This will return the MX record. You can also check the A record by then clicking on 'dns lookup' which will tell you the IP address your site is actually resolving to at the moment.

Note: If you run a DNS Check and are using the / name servers other name servers in the domain which are not functional will appear, this can safely be ignored as those other name servers are not authoritative for your domain (only the ones you specify at your registrar are authoritative). Always ensure when changing DNS servers at your registrar that you remove the old DNS servers, failure to do so will result in sporadic changes in IP address resolution.

Often after you change name servers the change will not propogate immediately to your computer. So while reports the correct IP address, you may still be resolving the domain to an old IP address, or no IP address at all.

If after 4 hours this is still occurring, there are three things you can look at.

Browser Caching

This is where your browser remembers the IP address for your domain, to fix this simply close your browser and all browser windows entirely.

Local DNS Caching

This is where your computer remembers the IP address for your domain. First close all browser windows. Then open a command prompt (start -> run and type: cmd), then type: ipconfig /flushdns

Then type: ping

If it returns the new IP address, you can now restart your browser and all should work.

If it returns the old IP address then your DNS servers (provided by your ISP) are caching.

ISP DNS Caching

If your ISP is caching the best thing to do is just to wait, within 24 hours the cache entry should expire and you should be able to access it on the new IP address. If you are in a hurry you can bypass your ISPs DNS cache by:

  1. Editing your hosts file to force your computer to believe the domain resolves to the IP address you specify, see:
  2. Changing your DNS servers to use Google's public DNS server, edit your network adapter settings and set your DNS server to removing all others (this is not recommended).
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