Vanity Nameservers: What are they and how do I set them up?Written by Tim Sisson
Sometimes you may find it necessary to set up vanity nameservers for your domain. Vanity nameservers use your domain name with our nameservers’ IP addresses to further mask our nameservers. This can help to enhance your online business presence or help resolve issues if your registrar is having trouble with our nameservers. If you’re not sure about nameservers and need more information please read our article.
Setting up Vanity Nameservers on shared hosting
- First, you’ll need to log into cpanel and click on the icon for the "simple DNS zone editor". Now, select a domain you want to set up the vanity nameservers for.
- Now, you'll need to create an A record for both of the nameservers. Let’s say you have the domain yourdomain.com. Your vanity nameservers would be (don't forget to replace yourdomain.com with your actual domain):
- You’ll now need to register the nameservers with your domain’s registrar. You will need to go to the registrar's website and follow the directions for registering the nameservers.
- While you are at your registrar, you’ll need to change your domain’s nameservers to the new nameservers you created. This can be done in AMP, if the domain name is managed through your InMotion Hosting account. Here is a list of other registrars, if your domain is not registered through MelbourneIT.
Vanity nameservers are not custom nameservers (offered to VPS and dedicated customers). Vanity name servers use the IP addresses’ of our InMotion Hosting nameservers while custom nameservers use a VPS or dedicated server’s IP address as the IP address of the custom nameservers. As with any DNS change it can take 4 to 24 hours to fully propagate.
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