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This document is for a previous release of cPanel & WHM. To view our latest documentation, visit our Home page.

For cPanel & WHM 11.46

(Home >> Service Configuration >> Nameserver Selection)


This feature allows you to select BIND, NSD, or MyDNS as your nameserver software. You can also disable DNS.

What is a nameserver?

Nameservers match domain names to IP addresses. When a visitor attempts to find a website that your server hosts, their computer asks a nameserver for the IP address of the domain that they wish to view. The nameserver returns the IP address for your web server and directs the visitor to the correct page.

You must have nameservers in order to propagate your server’s domain names. These nameservers communicate with other nameservers to spread the records of sites that your server hosts. The time that it takes a new website’s IP address  information to spread across the Internet is called the propagation period.


We recommend that you do not start your nameservers unless you plan to use them.


A website's record may may require up to one week to propagate.

Select or disable the nameserver

To select a nameserver, select either BINDNSD, or MyDNS and click Save.


  • NSD or MyDNS requires that you add external nameserver IP addressess to the resolv.conf file.
  • To disable the nameserver, select Disabled and click Save.

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