Simple DNS Zone Editor

Notice

The Simple Zone Editor has been replaced by the DNS Zone editor in newer versions of cPanel. You can find a guide to the new DNS Zone Editor here.


Overview

DNS (Domain Name System) is the component of the Internet that converts human-readable domain names (for example, example.com) into computer-readable IP addresses (for example, 192.0.32.10). DNS uses zone files that reside on your server to map domain names to IP addresses.

There are several different types of records in a domain's zone file. This interface allows you to create and delete A and CNAME (Canonical Name Record) records.

Note:

You cannot set a record's time to live (TTL) in this interface. Records that you create with this interface default to the TTL that your hosting provider specifies. To set the TTL for a record, use cPanel's Advanced DNS Zone Editor interface (Home >> Domains >> Advanced DNS Zone Editor).


Sections


Accessing the Simple Zone Editor

First, you will need to access your cPanel account. If you do not know how to access your account, you can find out here.

Once logged into your cPanel, scroll down to the Domains section. You should see the Simple DNS Zone editor app. Click it to get to the Zone file editor.

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Adding an A record

An A record is a DNS record that maps hostnames to IP addresses. A records are essential because they allow DNS servers to identify and locate your website and its various services on the Internet. Without appropriate A records, your visitors cannot access your website, FTP site, or email accounts.

To add an A record, perform the following steps:

  1. If this account owns more than one domain, select the domain that you wish to manage from the Domain menu.
  2. Enter the Name and Address of the A record.
  3. Click Add A Record.

Warning:

cPanel & WHM configures your DNS records so that visitors can resolve your website and its services (for example, FTP and Email). Only add A records when you add a service that cPanel & WHM or your service provider do not provide.

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Adding a CNAME record

CNAME record creates an alias for another domain name, which DNS looks up. This is useful, for example, if you point multiple CNAME records to a single A record in order to simplify DNS maintenance.

To add a CNAME record, perform the following steps:

  1. If this account owns more than one domain, select the domain that you wish to manage from the Domain menu.
  2. Enter CNAME record in the Name and CNAME text box.
  3. Click Add CNAME Record.

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Delete a record

To delete an A or CNAME record, perform the following steps:

  1. If this account owns more than one domain, select the domain that you wish to manage from the Domain menu.
  2. Click the Delete link next to the record that you wish to remove.
  3. Click Delete.

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Propagation

Any time that your DNS zone file is altered, there is a delay before the DNS is updated on DNS servers around the globe. While We advise that you allow for 24 hours before the records are fully propagated worldwide, this process typically completes within four to six hours.

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If you have any questions, please be sure to reach out to our support staff by putting in a ticket.

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