How to Change Your BigRock Name Server: A Step-by-Step Guide (2024)

30 May, 2024

So, you’ve got your domain name from BigRock, and you’re ready to host your website on Rovity’s powerful web hosting network.

That’s awesome! But before your website can go live, there’s one crucial step you need to take: changing your domain’s default BigRock name server.

What Are Name Servers?

So, what exactly are nameservers, and why do you need to change them? Well, I’ll explain it to you.

Nameservers are like directory services of the internet. They translate domain names (like your-awesome-website.com) into IP addresses, which are essential for directing your domain name to your hosting server.

Why Change BigRock Name Servers?

It all starts with default nameservers – when you register your domain with BigRock, it comes with the default BigRock name servers. But since you’re hosting with Rovity, your domain needs to point to Rovity’s nameservers to be accessible online. You are telling your domain, “Hey, your new home is with Rovity now!”

A Brief History of Nameservers

Nameservers have been around since 1985 and have played a crucial role in the internet’s growth and infrastructure. They handle billions of DNS queries every day, and over time, they’ve become more secure and efficient.

It’s okay, changing your BigRock nameservers is not as complicated as it sounds. In the next sections, I’ll walk you through each step of the process. By the end of this guide, you’ll have your domain pointed to Rovity’s hosting. Your website will be ready to go online!

So, let’s get started, shall we?

Requirements: What You Need to Change Your BigRock Nameservers

Alright, before we jump into changing your BigRock name servers, let’s make sure you have everything you need to make this quick and easy.

First things first, you should have a currently active domain name registered with BigRock.

Next up, you’ll need an active web hosting account with Rovity to host your website files. Think of it as renting a space on the internet where your website can live and grow.

Now, here’s where it gets a little technical. To access your DNS settings and BigRock name server information, you’ll need the login credentials for both your BigRock and Rovity accounts.

Lastly, keep the BigRock domain registration confirmation email and the Rovity welcome email with account details handy. These emails contain important information that you might need during the process of changing your BigRock nameservers.

Once you have all these requirements checked off your list, you’re ready to move on to the next step of changing your BigRock name servers. Trust me, it’s not as confusing as it sounds, and I’ll be with you every step of the way!

Locating Your Rovity Nameservers

Now that you have all the requirements sorted, it’s time to locate your Rovity nameservers. This is the information you’ll need to point your domain to Rovity’s hosting. Don’t worry, it’s not a treasure hunt – we’ve got two easy options for you!

Option 1: Rovity Client Area

Head over to the Rovity Client Area and log in to your hosting account. Once you’re in, click on Services to access your products and services.

Rovity Client Area Home Services

On the My Products & Services page, find the hosting plan you want to use and click it.

Rovity Client Area My Products and Services

This will take you to the plan’s Product Details page.

Scroll down to the Hosting Information tab, and voila! You’ll find your nameservers listed there.

Rovity Client Area Products Hosting Information

They’ll look something like:

  1. ns1.rovity.io
  2. ns2.rovity.io

Take note of them or copy them somewhere safe.

Option 2: Check Welcome Email

If you’re more of an email person, no problem. You can find the welcome email from Rovity in your inbox. It should have the subject line: Your New Hosting Account is Here.

Once you’ve opened it, scroll down to the Server Information (Important Step) section. There, you’ll find your nameservers waiting for you.

Whichever option you choose, make sure you have the correct nameservers from Rovity before moving on to the next step. Don’t forget to double-check them!

In the next section, we’ll go over logging into your BigRock account and updating your BigRock name server settings. Get ready to take control of your domain and point it in the right direction!

Changing Your BigRock Name Servers

Alright, it’s time to get started with your domain settings!

First things first, log in to your BigRock account and navigate to the control panel.

Once you’re there, look for the Manage Orders dropdown menu and click on List/Search Orders.

BigRock Manage Orders List Search Orders

This will take you to a page with all your domain orders.

Now, find the domain name you want to update in the list. Click on it.

BigRock List of Orders

You’ll come to the domain’s details page. Here, look for the Domain Registration section and click on Name Servers. This is where it all happens!

Change Your BigRock Name Server

A Manage Name Servers popup will appear. It’s time to bid farewell to the old BigRock nameservers and welcome the new ones from Rovity.

BigRock Manage Name Servers Popup Window to Change Your BigRock Name Server

In the Name Server 1 field, delete the existing BigRock name server and type in the first Rovity nameserver you noted earlier. Do the same for the second nameserver in the Name Server 2 field.

Before you hit that Update Name Servers button, take a moment to double-check the nameservers. You don’t want any spelling errors causing DNS propagation issues later on!

If everything looks good, go ahead and click Update Name Servers. Congratulations, you’ve just pointed your domain to Rovity’s hosting!

Now, here’s a little heads-up about DNS propagation. It’s like waiting for your favorite show to come on TV – it might take some time. DNS propagation is the process of updating DNS servers worldwide with your new nameserver information. It can take anywhere from a few minutes to 48 hours, so don’t panic if your website isn’t showing up right away.

The nameservers have been successfully configured and taken control of your domain. You can follow along in the below section, where we’ll make sure everything works smoothly!

Understanding DNS Propagation

Woohoo! You’ve updated your name servers like a pro. Now, it’s time to wait for the changes to spread across the internet.

After you’ve updated your nameservers, the changes need to propagate through the Domain Name System (DNS). Think of DNS as a global GPS navigation system. When you update your nameservers, it’s like sending out a new route to all GPS devices worldwide. It takes time for each device to receive and process the updated route, guiding drivers (web visitors) to your new location (hosting provider).

How Long Does DNS Propagation Take?

Back in the day, this process could take up to 48 hours. Can you imagine waiting that long? Luckily, times have changed, and now DNS propagation often completes within 4 hours or less. That’s like the internet’s version of express delivery!

However, in some rare cases, it might take up to 24 hours for BigRock name server changes to fully propagate globally.

Once the propagation is complete, your domain will resolve to Rovity’s hosting server IP – like your domain has finally found its new home!

Now, I know waiting is never fun, but give it at least 4 hours before you start checking if the changes have taken effect. In the meantime, why not continue setting up your website on Rovity? You can use this time to design your pages, write some killer content, or even have a dance party (just kidding, but hey, why not?).

One important thing to keep in mind: try to avoid making any additional DNS record changes during the propagation period. You don’t want to confuse the DNS servers and cause any delays or disruptions.

Verifying Your Nameserver Changes with WhatsMyDNS

Alright! It’s time to make sure your nameserver changes have propagated successfully. And what better way to do that than with the help of our handy tool, WhatsMyDNS?

Now open your web browser and navigate to the WhatsMyDNS website. It’s an excellent tool that shows you the status of your domain’s DNS records from different corners of the world!

Once you’re there, find the text box where you can enter your domain name. Type in your full domain name, like your-awesome-website.com, and make sure you spell it correctly.

Next, look for the dropdown menu right next to the text box. Click on it and choose NS (which stands for Name Server). This tells WhatsMyDNS that you want to check your domain’s nameserver records specifically.

Now, click on the Search button and let WhatsMyDNS work its wonders. It will query the internet, gathering information about your domain’s nameservers from various DNS servers across the globe.

After a few seconds, WhatsMyDNS will present you with the results. You’ll see a list of DNS servers and the nameservers they have on record for your domain.

WhatsMyDNS Name Servers Results

Now, remember that propagation period we talked about earlier? During this time, you might see a mix of Rovity’s shiny new nameservers and the old BigRock name servers. Don’t panic!

You can tell your domain is gradually letting go of its past and embracing its new home.

The goal is to see only Rovity’s nameservers listed consistently across all the DNS servers. That’s when you’ll know that the propagation is complete, and your domain is successfully pointed to your new hosting provider.

If you still see some old nameservers hanging around, give it a bit more time. Remember, propagation can take up to 24 hours in some cases. Patience is key here!

Once you see nothing but Rovity’s nameservers in the WhatsMyDNS results, you can confirm – your domain is now fully set up with Rovity’s hosting. And you’re ready to develop your website further and launch it!

So, there you have it – a simple way to verify your BigRock nameserver changes and ensure a smooth transition to your new hosting provider – Rovity.

Jafar Muhammed

Jafar Muhammed has 10+ years of experience in WordPress, web hosting, domain names, DNS, CDN, server administration, etc. He is an open web advocate. He is the CEO of Rovity, the fastest-growing premium shared hosting startup in India.