How to Point Your Domain to BigRock Default Nameservers?
What is a nameserver? A nameserver refers to a very specialized server. The server is responsible for handling queries that originate from your local computer. What type of queries? Very specific queries. These are queries about the location of the various services of a particular domain name.
Think of it in the following way:
“You want to call a company. You perhaps remember the phone number. However, will you not look up the phone number in Yellow Pages? Perhaps you will look up to ensure that you do not dial a wrong number. It is better to be sure rather than guessing.”
How Do Nameservers work?
Nameservers are like Yellow Pages on the Internet. So, how nameservers work? Let us take a look at the sequence of steps that take place when you submit a query on your computer’s web browser (your local computer).
Step 1: You start your preferred browser. It can be any browser like Google Chrome, Firefox, Opera, Safari, etc.
Step 2: You type in the address of a particular website. Let us assume that the URL or the address is https://somewebsite.com/. Once you type the address and hit the Enter button on the keyboard, the computer jumps into action.
Step 3: Your computer will use what is known as DNS for retrieving the nameservers of the website.
Step 4: Once your local computer comes to know about the nameservers, the computer will ask for something called A records for the website. ‘A’ stands for the address. It is nothing other than an IP address.
Step 5: Once the nameservers of the website get the query from your local computer, they will respond. They will send back an IP address to your local computer. An IP address can look like this – 198.258.114.216 (note – we have created this IP address randomly, and if it represents an actual IP address, it is merely a product of coincidence).
Step 6: After your computer gets the IP address, the computer will send a request to the IP address to send the page that you want to open.
Step 7: The web server where the website https://somewebsite.com/ is hosted will then send the page back to the computer. The computer will, in turn, display the web page on the browser window.
Now tell us, will you like to type in https://198.258.114.216/ or will you type https://somewebsite.com/? Which one is easier? Of course, the later is easier. It is this particular reason that nameservers are important and they exist.
What is a Default Nameserver?
Let us use another analogy now.
“Let us think that you purchase a land today. You run out of money by making that purchase. You cannot afford to build a house on it now. Perhaps, in two years from now, you will gain back the financial strength that will allow you to build a house.”
Is that scenario possible? Of course, it is possible, and it is quite common.
The same applies to the Internet.
You may purchase a domain name today. However, you may not have the money to build and host the website now. Or, you may not have an idea about the design you want for the website you want to build. So, you decide not to but a hosting server unless you decide how to proceed.
What happens to the domain name in such a case?
Since you have already made the purchase, the name needs to stay active and registered. Why? Suppose, someone else comes up with the same name that you registered. If the record of your registered domain name is not found anywhere on the Internet, the other person can quickly buy it. It is necessary to keep the domain name active.
So, what will the domain registrar do? The registrar will assign its default nameservers to that domain that you purchase. Next time someone sends a query for that domain, it will show up as a valid address or URL though nothing else may be there on the website. When this happens, no one else can purchase the domain.
What is Webhosting Nameserver?
Suppose, it took you two months to decide what you want to do with the domain name. You have a ready design, and you want to launch your website. You now purchase a hosting server where you will host the website. When you purchase the hosting server, you will get a pair of nameservers for the server that you purchase. These nameservers are called web hosting nameservers.
Now, you have to point your domain name towards your web hosting nameservers and host your website on the server. Anyone who types in the URL of your website, the DNS query will go to your server’s nameservers, and your server will return the IP address of your website to a local computer.
How to Point Your Domain to BigRock Default Nameservers?
Now the main part! You have been waiting for this part, right? So, without wasting time, let us start.
Suppose you purchase a domain with BigRock and you also purchase a web hosting server because there were some offers. Somehow you don’t like the hosting service and decide not to go for renewal. You want to switch. You decide to switch after a few days but cancel the hosting plan immediately. What will you do with the domain name? It is always wise to point it to BigRock’s default nameservers to ensure that everyone knows that someone has already purchased the domain name and they cannot buy it.
Here are the steps you need to follow to point your domain to BigRock default nameservers:
Step 1: Log into your BigRock account from this link.
Step 2: Once you log in, you will see the BigRock control panel where you will see the list of your products that you have purchased from BigRock.
Step 3: Click on the name of the domain that you want to point to the default nameservers of BigRock.
Step 4: Scroll down to find the section called ‘DNS Management.’
Step 5: In that section, you can see a warning message if your nameservers are not configured correctly. We are quoting the message: “Your DNS Management service is not configured correctly. Configure Now.”
Step 6: The last two words – ‘Configure Now’ represent a link. Click on the link and then click on the button which reads “Fix Nameservers Automatically.”
That’s all! There is nothing else that you need to do. You will see a message appear on a green background stating that it will take 24 to 48 hours for DNS propagation. Wait, and your domain will eventually point to BigRock Default Nameservers.