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Domains » Change a Domain’s Name Servers

A domain’s name servers store information about your domain (in the form of “DNS records”) and tell your domain where to look for your website’s content.

This guide will show you how to change your domain’s name servers to point to WordPress.com or any other host.

If you’re looking for our name servers, they are:

ns1.wordpress.com
ns2.wordpress.com
ns3.wordpress.com

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Changing Name Servers to Point to WordPress.com

If you wish to point your domain to WordPress.com, the process to change the name servers depends on where the domain is registered.

If your domain is registered with us

By default, all domains registered through WordPress.com will use WordPress.com name servers, but you may have changed them to point away from WordPress.com and would like to change them back.

Another reason to use these steps is if you have recently transferred your domain to WordPress.com. Your name servers will not change automatically after the transfer is complete.

  1. From your dashboard, go to Upgrades → Domains.
  2. Click on the domain you want to edit.
  3. Select Name servers.
  4. Enable the “Use WordPress.com Name Servers” option:
The Use WordPress.com name servers toggle in domain management.

It can take up to 72 hours for the changes you make to your DNS to be fully active, but you may see your site working in less time.

If your domain is registered elsewhere

If your domain is registered elsewhere and you are connecting your domain to us, you’ll want to log into your domain provider and change your name servers there to the following:

ns1.wordpress.com
ns2.wordpress.com
ns3.wordpress.com

If you are unsure how to change these name servers, please contact your current registrar for further assistance. There is also a list of common domain providers and their steps here.

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Changing Name Servers to Point Away From WordPress.com

If you plan to host your site elsewhere, we recommend that you transfer your domain name to your new host. That way, you manage your domain and your hosting through a single company.

In some cases, this option may not be available. For example, if you just registered your domain, you won’t be able to transfer it for the first 60 days due to ICANN’s transfer lock policy. Also, some hosts don’t support domain registration transfers.

You can point your domain to your new host, even if you cannot transfer the registration, by changing the domain’s name servers:

  1. From your dashboard, go to Upgrades → Domains.
  2. Click on the domain you want to edit.
  3. Click Name servers.
  4. Click the toggle to disable the “Use WordPress.com name servers” option.
  5. Enter the name servers you want to use. Your new hosting provider will provide you with the appropriate name servers.
  6. Click Save custom name servers:
The name servers section of your domain with a highlight around the toggle for Use WordPress.com name servers, and another around the custom name servers section.
Disable Use WordPress.com name servers to enter your custom name servers

It can take up to 72 hours for the changes you make to your DNS to be fully active, but you may see your site working in less time.

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If your new hosting provider does not use name servers, you can also set custom A Records to point your domain to a different host.

Find Your New Name Servers

Name servers are unique to each hosting provider. The best way to find out your new host’s name servers is to search your host’s help section or contact their support. Here are some links to popular hosts and their name servers.

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