Propagation - How Long does a DNS Change Take?
When a domain is registered, the nameservers are changed, or DNS changes are made, you will have a propagation delay up to 24 hours. This is because it takes time for the DNS to take effect across the internet. The actual time of propagation may vary in some locations based on your network setup.
The practical issue of this is that for a random period of time, some parts of the country/world can quite possibly see the old or new websites!
What is DNS propagation?
When you make a DNS change, it takes time for the changes to take effect. This is called DNS propagation. It is the time it takes for the domain DNS to refresh the cache on the network.
How long does it take to refresh my DNS cache?
The cache is cleared over a certain amount of time. We suggest waiting up to 24 hours for the DNS cache to be fully refreshed. DNS will refresh according to the "TTL" or "Time To Live". When the DNS refreshes according to its TTL, the propagation is complete and your site will load.
How do I check if my domain DNS is propagated?
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Can I speed up the propagation process?
The quick answer is no. You can try speeding up the propagation time by having your TTL set to a lower number (not recommended). This will refresh the DNS at a quicker rate. We set the default TTL to 14400 (4 hours); however the network that you are using to access the internet may update at a slower rate.
You can try Clearing your DNS cache or "Flush the DNS".
Clearing your DNS cache does not always work, so sometimes you will just need to wait.