To route web traffic through the Cloudflare network, update the nameservers at your domain registrar to resolve your domain’s DNS with Cloudflare's nameservers.

Note: Changing nameservers is NOT required for Business and Enterprise domains on CNAME setups.


To start:


Log into the administrator account for your domain registrar.

  • If you didn’t copy the Cloudflare nameservers when initially adding your domain to Cloudflare, click on the Cloudflare Overview app to identify your Cloudflare nameservers.
  • Replace the current nameserver records in your registrar account with your domain’s Cloudflare nameservers. Allow up to 72 hours for nameserver changes to globally propagate.
  • Refresh the Cloudflare Overview app.
    If Complete your nameserver setup still appears, perform the following steps:
    • Ensure the whois.net Name Server output correctly spells the Cloudflare nameservers and confirm Cloudflare's nameservers are the only nameservers listed.
    • If the whois.net Name Server output is correct, click the Re-check now button in the Cloudflare Overview app.


Once your domain is active on Cloudflare, review our best practices for active Cloudflare domains.

If you run into issues, refer to our Troubleshooting FAQ for new Cloudflare customers.


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