So I bought a domain name & web hosting through student web hosting ( because I'm on Treehouse lol) but my link to cpanel is dead? How long does it take till my domain name is active? It's been 10 hours, does it usually take this long? I'm so impatient atm looool
Asked by Anonymous
Did you already change the name servers of your domain / the A record (depending on the configuration) to point to your hosting server? If you missed that step then it’ll remain dead in perpetuity. But if you did all of that and it’s pointing, depending on the registrar and your geolocation, it can take up to 48 hours to propagate. This is due to ISPs caching this information. If you call the registrar/hosting company for support the first thing they’ll ask you is how long it’s been, and if you say 10 hours they’ll just tell you to sit tight. In practice, it usually takes me less than 3 hours for .COMs to propagate, much longer for .ORGs and other TLDs, but often times if it propagates for me, it’s still not registering overseas, or in other parts of the U.S. All I can tell you is to verify the domain is associated with the hosting account however it’s supposed to be, and then wait it out. Clearing your cache should help too.