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Knowledgebase: Domain Names
What is propagation?
Posted on 24 October 2003 02:37 PM
Once InterNIC announces that your domain name has been registered, it usually takes from 12 to 72 hours before the domain is active. All Internet Service Providers (ISPs) must update their records (DNS tables) to reflect new site locations. This process is called propagation.

During propagation, your site might be accessible from one ISP and not from another. It is advisable to wait 72 hours before you announce your site to the world. During this propagation period, FutureQuest provides you with temporary access information that enables you to see and begin developing your web site immediately. This temporary information can be found near the top of your activation letter.

After the propagation across the Internet has completed, you will then be able to use and announce your own domain name. It is important to note that each individual form of your domain name must propagate. This means that ftp.yourdomain.tld may take a different amount of time to propagate than www.yourdomain.tld, which also may take a different amount of time than yourdomain.tld (i.e. your domain without the www). Patience is the key during propagation.