Adding an A Record
Let's start with a brief explanation of DNS. DNS stands for Domain Name System. It converts human readable domain names like example.com into IP addresses like 22.214.171.124 which computers can then read. DNS zone files reside on your server and tie domain names with IP addresses.
Most users do not need to modify their DNS settings. The most common reason for DNS changes are to route a certain part of your domain name to a a third party (not our servers).
Using the cPanel
Shared users can add A records in your cPanel. You can create and point subdomains to an IP address using the Simple DNS Zone Editor. You will need to first obtain the IP address from the host where you want to point the subdomain to.
First, log into your cPanel account and click on the Simple DNS Zone Editor icon located in the Domains area of cPanel.
- Next, select your domain from the drop down menu (if you have more than one domain entered in your cPanel). The editor will load new options which allows you to add an A record. Under the Add an A Record header fill in the subdomain and IP address you want to point your subdomain to.
In this example, we will point my blog to the IP Address 126.96.36.199:
Finally, click the Add A Record button and you will now see the subdomain an corresponding IP address listed under User Defined Records at the bottom of the screen.
Please note: You will not be able to create or modify an A Record for your domain name or any subdomains that are already created and reserved when your account is setup on the server. You can only create an A record for newly created subdomains. If you try to create an A Record on a reserved subdomain (for example mail, webmail, and cpanel), cPanel will give an error message. In order to edit or remove a reserved subdomain, you will need to use the Advanced DNS Zone Editor.
Not only will the Advanced DNS Editor allow you to add A records, but it will allow you to edit current records as well. More information about the Advanced DNS Editor can be found in the cPanel documentation here:
You can access the Advanced DNS Editor in WHM by logging into WHM and clicking on the Edit DNS Zone link:
Note, with all DNS changes, including adding or changing A records, please allow up to 24 hours for changes to take effect.
Using the WHM
VPS and Dedicated plans include a feature in WHM for editing DNS Zones for all cpanel accounts on the server. (looking for a VPS? Find one on sale). This editor provides greater control over DNS records than the Simple and Advanced DNS Zone editor in cPanel. It allows other record types such as SRV, MX, PTR, and NS records These are not as common and thus are not in the cPanel level tools.
Note, as above, please allow up to 24 hours for your DNS changes to take effect.
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2014-07-24 9:44 am
I bought a domain name from 1 and 1 , hosting by Inhost, website from Open Class. How do I set the dns numbers to my site. Have already contacted 1&1, they said numbers need to be installed at host, can someone please help me with this problem. 2 days of frustration.
2014-07-24 10:12 am
Thank you for your question. We are happy to help, but will need more information.
If you want to host/modify your DNS with us, first make sure your 1&1 domain is pointed to our Nameservers.
Then you can use the Advanced DNS Zone Editor in cPanel to make changes to your DNS.
Also keep in mind, any DNS change can take up to 24 hours to propagate, or resolve across the world.
If you have any further questions, feel free to post them below.
2015-02-22 7:22 pm
I just signed up with paper.li. I also created a domain name through inmotion and have read the directions on paper.li about pointing that domain to my paper at paper.li.
Their directions say to "point an A record to their ip address". Through my inmotion control panel I created an a record and added that ip, but do I need to go in and point the main nameservers to that ip address too?
Thanks in advance for any help on this.
2015-02-23 12:25 pm
Thanks for the question! The name servers determine WHERE the DNS is being controlled for the domain name. So, if you want the DNS changes that you have made to apply to the domain name, then you should leave the name server settings pointing to InMotion. If you want to control the DNS through the interface provide at the other location where paper.li resides, then you will need to change the name servers. Bear in mind that when you make A record changes, it affects both WEBSITE and EMAIL traffic. If you change DNS and you still need email to be hosted with InMotion, then please reference this article for setup information: Changing MX records to point to InMotion servers from third party DNS.