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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 11.48

(Home >> Domains >> Simple DNS Zone Editor)

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).

Add 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.

Add a CNAME record

A 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.

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.