DNS Propagation – how long does it take?
In this Article, We will discuss about DNS Propagation and Time it takes to Propagate DNS settings.
What is DNS Propagation ?
DNS Propagation is a term which describe the Updating / Changing of information across the Internet (ISP).
In other words, DNS Propagation is period of time which takes few hours to max 24-48 hours to propagate across the internet.
How long does it take to complete DNS Propagation:
DNS Propagation can take few hours to 24-48 hours max for the website to come online after DNS records changed as it is dependent on DNS propagation at your ISP (company that you bought your internet connection from) which can take few hours to update the settings.
Once DNS propagation will done then all changes to your DNS Records will reflect and your website will start working with changes made.
How do I check my DNS Propagation myself:
DNS propagation has automatically done and you can also check where your domain is pointing and what changes you had made associates to your domain.
Please visit following given link to check the DNS Propagation by your self.
In the above link you can search for any DNS records whether they have been propagated or not for your particular domain.
For example, you can check DNS Propagation of CNAMEs or A records for your domain by entering simply yourdomain.com and check status of any DNS records associate to your domain whether they have been propagated or not.
What factors affect DNS propagation time?
There are some factors which affect the DNS Propagation time like ISP(Internet service provider), TTL and your Domain’s Registry.
Following are the factors which affect the DNS Propagation time:
1) ISP(Internet Service Provider): DNS propagation time is affected by your ISP(company that you bought your internet connection from) so it can take few hours to update the settings.
2) TTL (Time to Live) settings: TTL settings are Time to live settings that you can set for each DNS record in your domain panel. TTL is the period of time for which your server cache the information for your DNS records.
3) Domain Name Registry: Suppose you have changed A records or CNAMEs in your domain panel and you want to see whether changes has been made at registry end or not. They publish the changes to your authoritative A records or CNAMEs to their root zone. Most of the registries update their zones immediately.
For example, VeriSign registry refreshes zones for .com domain names every 3 minutes. However, not all registries make changes that frequently. Other Registries often protect their root A records or CNAMEs by setting up a high TTL of up to 48 hours or more for those A records or CNAMEs.
Moreover, NIRA WHOIS registry of .ng domain operates the root slowly for those A records than VeriSign registry.
Can I Speedup the DNS Propagation process ?
DNS Propagation is dependent upon your ISP (company that you bought your internet connection from) which can take few hours to 24-48 hours max to update the DNS settings.
DNS Propagation is also affected due to your Location from where you are accessing your Internet.
Therefore, the answer is NO. You cannot speedup the DNS Propagation by yourself. You have to wait for few hours to reflect the changes made.
Please click here for Reading about What is DNS and DNS records if you do not know about DNS.