Web Hosting DNS Concept

Category: Tutorial / Posted:

In this video you will learn about what goes in to setting a DNS server up for webhosting, gaming, and more. It will also show examples of setting up a secondary domain to point to the new DNS Web Hosting Server

For those who do not want to see a video of the presentation, there is a breakdown of all the slides under the video.

Whats Needed?

  • DNS Server (1 or More)
  • Domain (with access to NS/Host Records)
  • (optional) Secondary Domain

What is a NS/Host Record?

It allows the user to make custom name servers for their domain for use in a webhosting environment.

“An NS record is used to delegate a subdomain to a set of name servers. Whenever you delegate a domain.”
From: https://support.dnsimple.com/articles/ns-record/

How are NS/Host Records Setup?

  • In the domain management panel you should see a section called “Host Names” or “NS Records.”
  • Upon opening this section you will have the ability to set a name (ex: NS1, NS2, etc) with an IP.
  • The IP that will use is the one the DNS server is using publically.
    • GoDaddy DNS Settings Page
    • Example: GoDaddy.com
  • The following examples shows how these records are formatted.
  • The hostnames do not have to be ns1, ns2. These records can have any name like diablo, home, server, etc.
    • GoDaddy Host Records
    • Example: GoDaddy.com

After NS/Host Record Setup

After setting up the NS/Host Records you will need to change the Name servers of the domain to the records setup.

GoDaddy Nameservers Example 1

Example: Godaddy.com

Before Changing over the domains name servers make sure the server being used is setup with this domain

DNS Server Setup

In the example upon setting up a new WHM/cPanel server you will be asked for the name servers.

After entering the names you would click “Assign IP Address” this will give you the IP’s needed for the NS/Host Records.

WHM DNS Setup

Secondary Domain Setup

  • If you have a secondary domain you would setup DNS records on your DNS server for it.
  • This should be done before changing the name servers for the domain to the new name servers.
  • So with the second domain you would set the name servers to the NS/Host Records you setup for the previous domain.
    • GoDady Nameservers Example 2
    • Example: Godaddy.com
Sincerely,
Garrett Bailey

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