Domain nameservers always determine where your domain's DNS zone is managed from. For instance, if your domain uses Hostinger nameservers (ns1.dns-parking.com and ns2.dns-parking.com), your domain's DNS zone is managed from Hostinger.
During the domain transfer process, which usually takes up to 7 days, nameservers are locked and cannot be modified.
Therefore, before initiating your domain transfer to Hostinger, we ask you to select one of the three options:
Option 1 — Keep Existing Nameservers
Once your domain is transferred to Hostinger, it will keep using current nameservers and DNS records. If you wish to make any DNS changes, you will need to log in to the platform your domain is pointing to via nameservers.
This option is recommended if you're only looking to change your domain registrar.
Note that as soon as your domain is transferred to Hostinger, the nameserver management is also moved to us — managing nameservers from the domain registrar is the default practice. So, if you want to change nameservers, you'll do that in the Domains section of your Hostinger account.
Option 2 — Use Hostinger Nameservers and DNS Records
Once your domain is transferred to Hostinger, its nameservers will be set to ns1.dns-parking.com and ns2.dns-parking.com, and our default DNS records will be added to your domain's DNS zone.
This option is recommended if you're planning to host a website with us.
Learn more: DNS Zone Management at Hostinger 💡
Option 3 — Use Hostinger Nameservers but Keep the Existing DNS Records
Once your domain is transferred to Hostinger, its nameservers will be set to ns1.dns-parking.com and ns2.dns-parking.com, but we'll migrate all your current DNS records.
This option is recommended if you're planning to manage your DNS zone with us but keep your current DNS records. This way, for example, you'll keep using the current email service that's linked to your domain without any interruptions 💡
What is DNSSEC?
If you select option 2 or 3, you'll see a similar note: If you have DNSSEC enabled, we recommend to disable it before transferring the domain.
DNSSEC (or Domain Name System Security Extensions) is a domain DNS feature that adds an additional layer of security to the domain name lookup process.
As we have our own built-in features for that, DNSSEC is not supported at Hostinger. Therefore, to make sure your domain name is smoothly transferred to us, we advise you to disable the DNSSEC feature before initiating the process. You can do this at your current domain provider.