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Point a domain on GoDaddy without Nameservers.

Posted on 2008-06-11
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Nameservers aren't necessary are they?

Can you just remove the nameservers from the listings and setup the A record to the IP you want it to go to? (assuming mail and such aren't issues).

I'm doing a site which has a static IP of for example : 64.52.102.60. There are 3 domains setup that point to that from the previous users that worked on it but that all have different name servers. They all go to the same place though.

Now it's been handed off to me with another domain name I have to point to it (not redirect). It's registered through GoDaddy. Can I just setup the A records to match that IP or do I need Nameservers for some reason ?

Thanks!
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Question by:MattKenefick
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The server on which you set up the A record to point to the IP is, by definition, the nameserver.

Nameservers ARE essential.  They are the servers that know about all the records for the domain.  You don't have a domain if you don't have nameservers.

You do just want to set up the A record to match that IP, if I understand your question... but you are doing this on your nameserver!
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by:MattKenefick
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Ah I see. I was confused because on GoDaddy you get their Nameservers by default but it said in documentation that they don't do anything unless you have a hosting account. I switched the A record using their nameservers and waited a few hours to no effect so I assumed there was an issue. Then I transferred the nameservers to NSxx.1AND1.COM where my website is hosted, and directed the IP from there and it worked.

But if I didn't have the 1AND1 account, it wasn't working. But the GoDaddy A-Record change using default GoDaddy nameservers should have worked if maybe I gave it more time ?
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Hmmm... Now you have me confused!

The domain you needed to point, were the nameservers for the domain set to point to GoDaddy's?  If so, your A record change should have worked.  You normally need to allow twelve hours to propagate... but, some hosts only update the DNS changes once daily (mine is one), so they just queue all the requests for DNS updates during the day, then actually perform the updates at night.  I don't know if Godaddy do this.

Was the domain registered with 1and1 or Godaddy?
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GoDaddy.. It must've been that I didn't wait long enough for the A Records. After reading their doc I got weird suspicions that it wasn't going to work at all.
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