Every domain requires a way to be found on the Internet, which is largely controlled by DNS (Domain Name Service).
If you've used the Internet, you've already used DNS. For every website you visit, you are actually visiting an IP address (e.g., 126.96.36.199). But remembering an IP address for every website a person wants to visit would be very difficult. DNS essentially resolves easy to remember names into numbers. DNS is an important piece of the puzzle in getting your website up and running.
The first step in the process is registering the domain name you would like with a registrar. Through the registrar, you can identify which name servers are responsible for DNS. These name servers then have the authority to resolve your website. You can register a new domain with XMission or even transfer an existing domain to XMission at https://domains.xmission.com.
If you've registered your domain name through XMission, and we are also hosting your website, you shouldn't need to update your name server information. By default, any domain name registered through XMission automatically points to our name servers.
If for any reason you want to update your name servers with us, simply log in to manage your domain at https://domains.xmission.com. Be sure to log in with the credentials you originally used when registering your domain name.
If XMission is hosting your website but you registered your domain through another registrar, you may need to update the name server information to point towards XMission. This is typically a very simple process with most registrars. Although the interface with each of them may be slightly different, your name servers need to point to XMission's name servers as follows:
- ns.xmission.com: IPv4 - 188.8.131.52 IPv6 - 2607:FA18:0:0:0:0:0:11
- ns1.xmission.com: IPv4 - 184.108.40.206 IPv6 - 2607:FA18:0:A:0:0:0:A
- ns2.xmission.com: IPv4 - 220.127.116.11 IPv6 - 2001:560:4403:CA5C:ADED:BEEF:DEBA:C1E
- ns3.xmission.com: IPv4 - 18.104.22.168 IPv6 - 2001:1868:2003:0:0:0:0:7
Once you've updated your name servers to point towards XMission, you're all set. Please keep in mind DNS changes can take anywhere from 12-48 hours as DNS servers around the globe update.
NOTE: If you use XMission for secondary name services, please ensure that your DNS software is configured to permit access from all our nameservers on both an IPv4 and IPv6 basis. Also permit UDP/TCP port 53 from all our nameservers in your firewall. Failure to do so can trigger false alarms from your firewall.
For more help getting your site up and running, consider the following links: