DNS and Nameservers … not just DNS!

Dog tags with the nameservers for 123-reg on it

Here’s a lesson that I’ve recently learned, that I wanted to kindly share with you.

If you’ve just cancelled a Web hosting account with, say WebFusion, and you want to set up Web Forwarding in your — let’s say — 123-Reg account to point to a new blog you’ve created at — picking one at complete random — WordPress.com: don’t try to set it all up in the midst of trying to solve an IE6 CSS-related problem at 12:50 am.

Because inevitably something is going to suffer, and thankfully for the University of St Andrews is wasn’t the IE6 CSS-related problem.

I had to do two things:

  1. Reset the DNS back to 123-reg default IP (
  2. Change the Nameservers back to 123-reg (ns.123-reg.co.uk and ns2.123-reg.co.uk)

Turns out that I did half the things I needed to do. So that’ll be another 24-48 hours until I can get going.

If only I knew someone who was good with Web-related stuff … ahem!

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Gareth Saunders

I’m Gareth J M Saunders, 49 years old, 6′ 4″, father of 3 boys (including twins). Enneagram type FOUR and introvert (INFP), I am a non-stipendiary priest in the Scottish Episcopal Church, I sing with the NYCGB alumni choir, play guitar, play mahjong, write, draw and laugh… Scrum master. Latterly, web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and former warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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