Best Way to Set Up Private Nameservers in cPanel
Posted by Jamison on 03 11 2015.
Many website owners opt to have a private nameserver mainly due to branding reasons. If you have a private nameserver, your clients will better recognize your brand. Besides, customers will regard you more professionally if you use one.
Once you have decided to have your vanity or brand nameserver, you would benefit a lot if you set it up on your cPanel because this interface has built in DNS features and utilities that can make DNS modifications easier for you.
One important thing to remember is that each nameserver requires one IP address. Also, you need to know the IP addresses of your nameservers before you can register them. Lastly, you can only use them after they are registered with the domain name registrar.
Since you need to create your private nameservers at the registrar where you acquired your domain from, the process of registration vary from one provider to another. Below are some of the top registrars and the instructions on how you can set your nameservers up in your cPanel account.
- Click Launch on the Domains heading.
- Pick the domain name where you want to set up your private nameserver.
- Click Manage on the Settings menu.
- Select Add Hostname.
- Type the Hostname you want to register, say ns1.
- Enter the IP address you want to include to the host. You have to remember that your nameservers have to be set to the identical IP addresses you use in your domain.
- Select Add.
- Do the process again using ns2 under the Host Name box.
- Click the button with the phrase Select Domain Names.
- Select the Register DNS.
- To create your private nameserver, access the tool named Register a Nameserver.
- Enter the IP address you want to include to the host.
- Click on the Manage Domains under the heading of My Account.
- Pick the domain you want to modify.
- From the menu and on the left side of the home interface, select Nameserver Registration.
- From the menu, pick the prefix for your private nameserver.
- Type the IP address on the available field.
- Click on the Add Namerservers button.
- Select the Domain Manager.
- Select the Change Nameserver Information icon that you will find beside your domain.
- At the top page, click on the link that says Create Nameserver.
- In the available text field, type in the name of your new domain private nameserver.
- Type the IP address that relates to your nameserver.
- Choose Create Nameserver.
- Select your domain name to open the Domain Management section.
- Look for the Advanced Technical Settings tab.
- Choose the Manage Registered Name Servers.
- Look for the REGISTER NAME SERVER.
- Type the prefix you want for the DNS Server, say ns1.
- Type the IP Address in the field that says Points To.
- Click the Continue button.
To ensure that your configuration was done without errors, you may run the feature Check Domain Configuration. You should do this after 72 hours because it may take a long time for the changes you made to undergo proper propagation on the Internet.