I'm a beginner when it comes to DNS. I set up an account with 123-reg and their documentation on pointing a domain to a server seems thin. So I asked my webhost who told me to transfer the domain (at a fee) which surely you don't need to do? Shouldn't I be able to keep my domain with 123-reg and simply point to the server?
As far as I can tell you change the two DNS settings @ and www (both type A) to whatever IP the server has. But this on its own doesn't seem to work. Or do these settings take a long time to take effect and I'm just not waiting long enough?
UPDATE: Its coming up sometimes now. When I refresh it there seems to be a 50/50 chance on whether it works or not. Is this common in the short term?