Time To Live (TTL) values are given to DNS records to tell servers how long their caches should be kept before new ones are fetched.
These values are important as they affect the amount of time it takes for a DNS update to take place as well as the amount of time required to resolve a DNS record.
When your browser requests a web site, the location is looked up through the following process:
When you change information on your DNS records, you change the information on the designated nameservers, but the other nameservers and computers around the world have cached records and will not be until their Time To Live value is reached and they fetch the latest records from your nameserver.
This process can take up to 24 hours when the standard TTL values are used, so it can take a while before the updated DNS records filter down thoroughly.
If you want to help speed along the process, you can adjust the TTL value in your Domain Control Panel. It will not automatically refresh DNS records, but it will make it slightly faster than if you were to leave it as it was.
To change the TTL values:
Article ID: 219
Created On: Tue, Mar 10, 2015 at 5:20 PM
Last Updated On: Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 11:20 AM
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