IP Address for adding a new Domain? Also no response from whois after nameserver change

March 11, 2015 2.3k views
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Hi--

First time web-dev here. I'm really hoping to get this project turned around by Friday, and any clarification would honestly mean the world.

I changed the nameservers for my GoDaddy domain name to the ones listed in this tutorial https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-point-to-digitalocean-nameservers-from-common-domain-registrars and followed all subsequent steps.

Unfortunately, I'm now I'm stalled at Step 3 of this tutorial.
https://www.digitalocean.com/community/tutorials/how-to-set-up-a-host-name-with-digitalocean

It states running 'whois <mysite.xyz>' should now be returning some information as a result of the change in nameservers. Unfortunately this doesn't seem to have propagated, and I'm not sure if that's a sign that I need to wait longer, or that GoDaddy has somehow dropping the ball.

Additionally I'd really appreciate some clarification when adding a new Domain Name to the DNS. The tutorial states to enter an IP Address, however I would have assumed the IP address in question is for our droplet -- as this is the only one previously discussed. This seems redundant given we are selecting our droplet right next to this box -- do I leave it blank, or enter in the droplet IP?

Is there a more advanced purpose for this that I'm missing, because I'm not entirely sure which IP address I'm meant to be entering here.

I realize this is probably quite elementary, however I'm more confused than I'd like to admit, and some clarification would be really really really appreciated.

Thanks,

O

(also, I chose a .xyz domain name for purely aesthetic reasons. If anybody knows about how long this will take to be viewable after the change in nameserver I'd really appreciate it)

4 comments
  • Of course, without the domain name, there's not much we can do to verify any of what you're saying.

    DNS things can take time. That's about all one can say with the information we have.

  • Thanks for such a quick response!

    oliverhbscott.xyz is the domain in question.

    I'm afraid I'm not entirely sure what your of course is in reference to. Are you saying I should enter the droplet's IP along with the domain? And to your point about DNS things taking time, is that to say I can expect a wait for the 'whois' command to return anything?

  • For the droplet IP thing, it's just a field that sets up records for you.

    If you had tried it by now, you would have seen the result and could've deleted the extra records if you didn't need them.

    As for your domain, it seems to work fine already.

  • The DNS changes seem to have taken effect now. And the whois command is used to find the registrant info for a domain name. Use nslookup or dig for DNS lookups.

    Nameserver lookup

    nslookup -q=ns oliverhbscott.xyz
    dig NS oliverhbscott.xyz
    

    IP address lookup

    nslookup -q=a oliverhbscott.xyz
    dig A oliverhbscott.xyz
    
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This question was answered by @jesin:

The DNS changes seem to have taken effect now. And the whois command is used to find the registrant info for a domain name. Use nslookup or dig for DNS lookups.

Nameserver lookup

nslookup -q=ns oliverhbscott.xyz
dig NS oliverhbscott.xyz

IP address lookup

nslookup -q=a oliverhbscott.xyz
dig A oliverhbscott.xyz

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