Please note that it can take up to 72 hours


I just created a subdomain, I have installed WordPress and it appears:
“Please note that it can take up to 72 hours for a new domain name to start working everywhere. Why does this happen?”

Control panel:
Domain “an unknown code”
similar to

When I access the URL, only this page appears:
It redirects me to

I would like not to say the name of my URL :slight_smile:

What happens?


Hi, that domain is not your domain name, it is an account ‘hold’ which stores the IP address of your account, it doesn’t affect your hosting account.

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normally it is instantaneous, why should I wait 72h?

It is to allow time to show up everywhere, as saying ‘Instant DNS’ just isn’t how it works

But in the past, before asking for the DNS and all the accesses to the domain that it may have, it was instant to access the web at least, in 2018-2019, but now it turns out that in 2020 I have to wait 72 hours?

Everything has changed…

Did you try clicking the link to see why that happens?

Because you got lucky before and didn’t get this time.

This is all explained in the article.

Nope, this is just how DNS works. And DNS has worked largely the same for many decades. Nothing has changed.

For this we also have a KB article which explains this:


I’ll wait 72 hours, nothing happens …

But I think I remember in the old days, you could access the URL, while the DSNs and pointers to your domain were done. I may be wrong, but infinityfree, Tk or other services went faster in the past.

The infrastructure may have grown and takes longer.


Nothing happens to which domain exactly? Just note that the domain will never show your website, because main domains never do that.

Some hosting providers offer this. The feature is typically called “userdir”. However, it has some severe implications for security and resource management, and rather than try to work around this the decision was made to not offer this feature. InfinityFree has never supported userdirs.

And if you really want to see your website earlier, the article from the “why does this happen” link also provides a way to do that.

We didn’t change anything. But DNS caching is fuzzy and works differently for different people at different times. If you’re lucky, you can see your website live within minutes because there isn’t any bad cache in the way. If you’re unlucky, the DNS cache does stick around for a long time.

We’ve always pushed DNS changes nearly instantly. This has never changed. DNS caching at people’s computers, networks or internet providers is the reason why it doesn’t appear that way.

This is also explained in the article. Please read the article in full first. I’m happy to clarify points in the article or provide additional information, but I’m not so happy to just repeat what’s already there.


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