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I would like to transfer a domain I purchased at dreamhost. I followed the tutorial and pointed the domain to webfaction's servers by entering in the 4 domain server addresses like ns1.webfaction.com, but i never had to use my dreamhost authorization code, which makes me think I missed a step. That, and I haven't been able to use my domain. I did try and set up a website using the domain, but when I try to go to it, my browser say the page cannot be found. I havent ever transferred a domain, so I don't know what other info might be relevant, please let me know if other information is needed.

asked 16 May '11, 15:25

Pat B
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resolved- I was missing 'www.'

(17 May '11, 11:09) Pat B

WebFaction is not a domain registrar, so you cannot actually transfer a domain to us. All you need to do is point your domain at our name servers, which you've already done.

We would at least need to know the domain name of your site to troubleshoot this further. If you'd rather not shared that info here in the public forum, then feel free to open a support ticket via the Support menu item in the control panel.

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answered 16 May '11, 15:31

seanf
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Here's a step-by-step to use DreamHost as your registrar and WebFaction for hosting:

Go to 'registrations' in your DreamHost panel, find your domain name, and click 'Add' from the 'Hosting' column.

Now you should be in the 'Manage Domains' page. Go to the bottom of the page to the 'DNS Only' section and click the 'Host DNS Only!' button. This will use DreamHost's DNS servers, which you'll use to point the domain to WebFaction.

After your domain shows up in the 'Manage Domains' listing, find it and click the 'DNS' hyperlink just below the domain name entry. It'll be the first link, followed by a 'Visit' link.

Now you should see a list of nameservers. They will initially be 'ns1.dreamhost.com', etc. Overwrite these with 'ns1.webfaction.com', 'ns2.webfaction.com', etc. Now click 'Set these nameservers for <domain>!'. Now wait for these changes to propagate. This could take as long as a day. Patience =)

(10 Sep '11, 18:59) joeyespo

@joeyespo - does this also clobber the MX records on Dreamhost? DH seems to outline a process which would still leave email untouched at http://wiki.dreamhost.com/Custom_DNS. However, it's not clear what effect overwriting the nameservers with Webfaction's would have.

(02 Apr '14, 19:28) maz

@maz - Doing those steps would move DNS management from Dreamhost to us. I suspect you would only be renewing it with them every year. Afterwards, you would simply declare the MX records in our Dashboard, via the domain DNS section after you change the name servers over to us. That is if your mail is hosted somewhere else. If it is with us you do not need to change anything in that respect.

Links: https://my.webfaction.com/domains http://docs.webfaction.com/user-guide/domains.html?highlight=dns#managing-dns-records-with-the-control-panel

(03 Apr '14, 01:10) NickR ♦♦
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