How do I make custom DNS records?Written by Brad Markle
Beginning in late March of 2010, our shared servers are being upgraded to the latest version of cPanel, which now allows users to add their own A, CNAME, and MX records. If you do not see the features below in your cPanel, please email email@example.com for further assistance.
In order to follow any of the steps in this tutorial, you must have a hosting account. If you have a domain name only account (IE you have only purchased a domain name but no hosting), you will not have access to cPanel in order to make any DNS changes.
What is DNS?
The average user does not need to edit their DNS settings. The common reason you will need to, is if you're using a third party service that requests for you to route a certain part of your domain name to them. For example, we have many users that subscribe to Google Apps. If you want to use Google's mail servers for your email instead of InMotion Hosting's, you will need to point your MX records to Google's mail servers. Google will provide you with these records. They also have a service you can use to point calendar.yourdomain.com to the Google Calendar application. This requires that you add "calendar" as a CNAME, and Google will provide you with the necessary settings.
Please allow up to 24 hours for changes to your DNS to take effect.
How to add A and CNAME records
To add A and CNAME records, you will need to access the, "Simple DNS Zone Editor" within your cPanel. This feature is located within the, "Domains" section.
Note: As of 11/28/2012, shared servers now have the ability to use the Advanced DNS Editor. This allows the user to create A, CNAME, and TXT records as well as have the ability to edit the existing records including those created upon account generation.
VPS and Dedicated Servers
If you are on a Virtual Private Server or Dedicated server, you also will have access to the Advanced DNS Editor. Not only will the Advanced DNS Editor allow you to add DNS records, but it will allow you to edit current records as well.
Instructions on adding A records and CNAME records in both cPanel and WHM can be found here:
How to add MX records
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