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Launcing a new website for a client,so starting at 8 am I am waiting for the nameserver changes to resolve so i can then replace the ip settings in wordpress with the actual url, reset the perma links, and a bit of .htaccess trickery so I can serve the site out of the dev directory - no big whoop done it lots of times. takes 30 min tops including checking all links and files/images.

So the change kicks in WOOO i log in to the WP admin and start making changes - then get a 404 i browse back to the root and BAM Old site is being served.

Clear cache, reload - old site.

Basically the fucking thing ping-ponged back and forth all damn day between hosts until finally I remember MY STUPID ISP DOES NOT UPDATE ITS DNS TABLES OFTEN ENOUGH!!!!! I set up open DNS and poof ping-ponging is over. :mad::pissed:

Hell of a way to spend a Saturday :lol: I wasted time farting around in borderlands but I hated being stuck in the damn house all day.
 

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When ever I have a DNS change the longest it took to propagate is like 3 hours.

Who is the domain registrar out of curiosity?
Network Solutions. Usually their changes kick in very very fast (under 2 hours) I think it was just that my isp has flaky dns tables (Atlantic Broadband). after switching my DNS to opendns the ping ponging went away.
 

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I've have had the full 24 hours for DNS changes before, which also were hilarious as they were taking live customer transactions and bouncing between a working box and a non-working box. Yay....
 

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You know you can change the TTL values right? If you know you are going to make a major change, turn the TTL down to an hour or even 15 minutes a couple days before the cutover, then your changes will propagate a lot faster. Once everything seems stable, change it back to 12 or 24 hours.

Some providers do take a while to push changes out to their servers from the GUIDNS clients they use, but there really is no way around that. I think AT&T uploads updates every hour on the hour.
 
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