If you have a reseller, VPS, or Flex Dedicated Server account, you can set up and use custom nameservers. For example, if your domain were example.com, you could use custom nameservers named ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com.
Configuring custom nameservers is a two-step process. First, you must add A records for the custom nameservers (or verify that you already have functioning A records for the nameservers). Second, you must register the custom nameservers with the domain's registrar. Additionally, resellers must also submit a support ticket after completing the configuration steps so support can add the new custom nameservers to the A2 Hosting DNS cluster.
A nameserver helps web browsers make the connections between a URL and a website. They are extremely important, because without them, we would have to memorize IP addresses in order to access every website.
If you have a reseller hosting account, the first step for configuring custom nameservers is to create DNS A records for the hosts.
If you have a managed VPS or managed Flex Dedicated Server, you do not have to add any A records, because we set them up for you. (Though if you want, you can view, set up, and modify the A records yourself in cPanel by using the Simple or Advanced DNS Zone Editor.) To verify that the A records are configured, you can ping the nameservers by typing the following command at the command prompt. Replace example.com with your own domain name:
Alternatively, you can type the following command to view the A records, replacing example.com with your own domain name:
After you have verified that the A records are configured, you can register the custom nameservers by following the procedure below. If you need further assistance, please open a support ticket with our Guru Crew on the Customer Portal at https://my.a2hosting.com.
To create the custom nameserver A records for a reseller account, follow these steps:
After you have verified that your domain has the correct A records configured, you can register the name servers. The procedure to do this depends on where you registered the domain.
If you registered your domain with A2 Hosting, follow these steps to register the custom name servers:
Locate the domain that will use custom name servers, click the down arrow, and then click Manage Nameservers:
If you are registering a name server for the first time, under Register a NameServer Name, type the name of the first name server in the Nameserver text box. This is normally ns1. Typically, name servers use names like ns1.example.com and ns2.example.com, where example.com represents your domain name.
The exact steps for registering custom name servers depend on the third-party provider that you are using.
However, generally you can do this by logging in to the registrar's web interface and looking for an option similar to “Register custom nameservers” or “Register hostname”. If you cannot find where to do this, contact the registrar's technical support.
For example, for information about how to set up custom name servers for domains registered with GoDaddy, please visit https://www.godaddy.com/help/add-my-own-host-names-as-nameservers-12320.
After you register the name servers with the third-party provider, go to the A2 Hosting Customer Portal at https://my.a2hosting.com to open a ticket. Please let us know the names of the the newly configured custom nameservers so we can add them to the A2 Hosting DNS cluster.