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, 52 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 at Safeguard Global; latterly at Sky and Vision/Cegedim. Former web architect and agile project manager at the University of St Andrews and previously warden at Agnes Blackadder Hall.

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