What are the 123 Reg Nameservers and how do I point to them?

Simply put, nameservers are what makes the connection between your domain and your hosting. When someone goes to your web address the nameserver recalls where the website files are hosted and directs you to them, so the website is displayed in the browser.

If you have registered a domain with 123 Reg, by default, they will use 123 Reg Nameservers. This is because it is likely you will also have your hosting with 123 Reg. However, you can update the nameservers associated with a domain to anything you choose. For example, you might have your domain registered with 123 Reg, but your hosting is provided by another third-party.

Previously, this is what 123 Reg nameservers looked like:

  • 123-reg.co.uk
  • 123-reg.co.uk

Now they look much different and look like this:

  • nsXX.domaincontrol.com
  • nsXX.domaincontrol.com

(XX is a randomly generated number assigned based on the capacity of the server)

In some instances, after you have changed your nameservers, you may wish to change them back to 123 Reg. The reason for this is because you will be unable to manage your domain’s nameserver records from your Control Panel if it isn’t pointed to ours.

If you wish to re-point your domain to the 123 Reg nameservers, simply follow the guide below. However, please be aware that it can take 48 hours for nameservers to be updated across the internet and your website might be unavailable during this time.

Please note: before proceeding, you’ll need to make sure that your domain isn’t locked or has the Domain Ownership Protection service enabled. For details on how to do this, please read our Support articles:

How to point your domain to 123 Reg nameservers

Step 1 of 4

Start by logging in to your 123 Reg Control Panel.


Step 2 of 4

From there, select Domain Names within the ‘Manage active products’ section. Next, choose your domain name from the provided list and then select Manage.

Manage Domain Names


Step 3 of 4

Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and select Change Nameservers.

Choose Change Nameservers


Step 4 of 4

Select Reset to 123-Reg Default to restore your nameservers to the original format. Once done, click Update to confirm your changes.

Reset to 123 Reg Default