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I've noticed it tends to take a few hours after I've created a new subdomain, for that subdomain to be available from my PC over the internet. From the ssh I can ping the subdomain immediately, but it takes a few hours until I can successfully ping form my PC.

I'm wondering if there are some DNS settings I can change to in my WebFaction account to speed this up. I know it must be possible because other websites create subdomains on the fly and they're available immediately.

Many thanks for any help,

Mike

asked 06 Jan '11, 14:02

mike1106
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No, there isn't much you can do to speed up propagation. It might seem to be taking longer than it really is if you try to access the subdomain and then do not clear your browsing data or DNS cache. If you go to the site and it isn't ready, and then return when it is, it still might not resolve properly due to cached data.

We have documentation here for clearing your DNS cache which might help. http://docs.webfaction.com/user-guide/domains.html#a-domain-still-resolves-to-a-previous-host

It also depends on how your DNS provider caches results. You may want to try another DNS provider for your local machine. Google provides a public DNS option. You can read about it here: http://code.google.com/speed/public-dns

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answered 06 Jan '11, 15:04

aaronh ♦♦
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That's exactly what must have been happening. If I wait until the name resolves in my SSH session, I can then immediately access the site.

Thanks!

(07 Jan '11, 18:21) mike1106
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