How to Set Up Custom Nameservers for Resellers

With your reseller hosting account, you have the ability to set up custom nameservers. This means your customers can point their domains to your hosting account with your unique branding. Instead of using the InMotion Hosting default nameservers, your customers can use your custom nameservers. This procedure also works for dedicated hosting services and VPS reseller accounts.

Create the Nameservers as A Records

  1. Log into your cPanel for the domain you want to edit.
  2. Write down your server IP address since you will use it later.
    cPanel Server Info

  3. Under Domains select Zone Editor

    Select Zone Editor
  4. Look for and select the domain name that you’re trying to create the custom nameservers for, then click on Manage.
  5. Create new A records for your nameservers
    Field nameExample
    NameEnter the nameserver information,
    TTLYou can enter any positive number here, but the standard is 14400
    TypeSelect A
    AddressEnter your IP address

Activate Nameservers with Registrar

If you have your domain registered through your InMotion Hosting account you can complete this step through your Account Management Panel (AMP). If your domain is not registered with your account here and you are using a third-party registrar, you will need to contact them directly to set up glue records. You will need to provide them the IP address you wrote down previously.

Activating Your Custom Nameservers in AMP

  1. Log into AMP
  2. Under Domains choose Manage Domains

    Click - Manage Domains

  3. Choose the domain you want to manage

    Select the Domain
  4. Select Create Custom Nameservers

    Select Create Custom Name server
  5. Under Host Name: enter your custom nameserver information

    Set Up Custom Nameservers
  6. Under IP Address: enter your IP address
  7. Repeat for your secondary nameserver Host Name. (
  8. Click Submit

Assigning Nameservers in WHM

  1. Log into WHM
  2. Choose Server Configuration from the left side panel and select Basic cPanel & WHM Setup
  3. Enter your nameserver hostnames in the fields under Nameservers

    If you’re in a Shared Reseller you will see this interface:

    Basic WHM - Reseller

    If you’re in a VPS or Dedicated Server, then your interface will look like this:

    Basic WHM Setup - VPS/Dedi

To learn more about cPanel and WHM, check out our cPanel Education channel.

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8 thoughts on “How to Set Up Custom Nameservers for Resellers

  1. I completed the steps above for a resell account. my main domain has the custom nameserver entries. my question is; within AMP after creating the custom nameservers should i also point my main domain to the new nameservers?

  2. I’ve domain name with Google Domains. Can you share any article to setup Custom/Vanity name servers with Google Domain and Inmotion reseller account?

    1. Hi Faisal, here are a couple article you might find helpful:

      How to Set Up Custom Nameservers for Resellers:

      Vanity Nameservers: What are they and how do I set them up?:

      Manage Domain Name Servers:

      Using Custom Nameservers as a Reseller:

      Kindest regards,

  3. Hi there. I have setup as you suggest 2 A records in the cPanel then changed nameservers in my registrant. But both 2 records and got same IP Since I got 2 different dedicated IP in my reseller, is there a way to use those IP instead the shared one from you? Thanks!

    1. It is possible to use different IPs for each nameserver, but they would be pointing to the same server, unless you had a different reseller server to point the additional IP to.

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