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ANAME Records, CNAME Records,
MX Records, Custom Name Servers

DNS Service can be very confusing - it is for more advanced users. If you are looking to change the DNS servers for a domain, that is not done through DNS Service. Please LOGIN to the domain manager to use the Change DNS/ Hosting Info link.

If, though, you are the advanced user who has a Mail Exchange or website hosted on your computer, for example, let us be your nameserver! With your domain registration, you can use our DNS Service tool to specify an MX Record, a CNAME Record or A-NAME Record. You will still be responsible for configuring your mail or website server host, but we can allow you to specify the IP address or hostname of that host.

First --- You will need to use our Name Servers to be able to use the DNS Entries in your control panel.




Second --- Anytime you are dealing with domains, you must have an A record.  You will need to have two records set up; one just a blank and then the IP Address,  the other -  an * and then the IP Address.

Our Default A records are as follows:




  • The A record type is used to translate from a domain name to an IPv4 address

  • The NS record lists which name servers can answer lookups on a DNS zone

  • The MX record specifies the mail server used to handle mail for a domain specified in an e-mail address. 

Whatever you do in the Control Panel will affect your domain.  Also, keep in mind that the propagation time is usually completed within 6 hours.

A Records

Please keep in mind that "A" and "CNames" need different records.  

"A" Records require an IP Address

"Cnames" require hostnames


If you have an IP Address, You want to populate the "A" Records. 

CNAME Record

CNAMES are entries that allow sub domains to be forwarded to another address.

For example:


something.nextregister.com = www.nextregister.com


It is the same as "A" records but uses Hostnames rather than IP Address to point the subdomain. By Default, there is no CName associated with the domain. CNAME records can only be used with subdomains (e.i: blog.harvardchallenge.com).

To create a CNAME record please follow the instructions below.


 - After logging into your user account, click the "DNS" link located under the "Edit" field for the appropriate domain.

 - Next scroll down to the "CNAME Records" section and click the "Add Record" link.

 - Here you will enter the "Subdomain" and "Target Host" for the record.

The "A" Record covers the "www" with it's "*" (Wild Card) symbol.


If you check any of your domains DNS, you will see that the "A" Record contains this: 
* =


Again, the "asterisk" is a wildcard symbol.

So if you type in http://something.domainname.com in your browser, it will always forward to the main page that you associate the domain with.


This makes a "www" record useless since anything you type before the domain name in the address bar will always point to the main page.


So in other words, by Default, there is no need to create "www" CNAME records since it is not needed.


MX Record

All MX records are modified in domain zone Records. Records are modified in the zone file; Mail Exchangers (MX records)


Please note in order for mx Records to work using our DNS, your domain must be using our name servers.





On the DNS setting page, copy and paste the first set of MX records entries into the Mail Host field.  Click on the Add Record, and a new Mail host field appears where you can paste the second set of records.  Note that the Preference can be left at 10 for both unless the mail-services provider specifies something else. 


Create Custom Name Servers


You can create a nameserver that is based on your domain. You first have to create the new nameserver, and then you can add the new nameserver to the list of nameservers for your domain.

To create a custom nameserver

1.Click Manage, and log in to your account
2.Beside the domain for which you want to create a custom nameserver, click DNS.
3.Click the link at the bottom of the Name Servers section, in the sentence If you would like to create custom nameservers based on your domain, click here.
The Edit Custom Nameservers window appears.
4.Click Add Record.
5.In the Subdomain field, enter the name of custom nameserver.
6.In the IP Address field, enter the corresponding IP address.
7.Click Save.
8.If you want to use the new nameserver with this domain, click the link at the bottom of the Custom Nameservers section, in the sentence If you would like to configure your domain to use these servers, click here.
The Edit DNS Settings page appears.
9.In the Name Servers section, click Add Name Server.
10.Enter the name of the custom nameserver that you just created.
11.Click Save.


Some Frequently Asked Questions:

1. Is this where I change my DNS records?
Changes to the DNS Name Servers can be done free of charge through the domain manager, by clicking on Edit DNS for your domain name.

2. I'm totally confused...
If you are not familiar with these technical terms, don't worry! These are for the advanced user. Most people will be just fine with DNS from their website hosts, or our forwarding services, and won't need to use DNS Service at all.

3. How do I set up a Mail Exchange server/ Website Hosting server?
The DNS Service is similar to the Change DNS/Hosting link, in that we allow you to specify the DNS servers of your host, but it is still up to your host to configure everything properly. With DNS Service, you can specify the IP address or hostname of your MX Record, CNAME Record or ANAME Record, but it is still up to you to configure everything else.

4. Who will be hosting my domain/website/email?
We will host your domain, and we will allow you to specify the IP address or hostname of your MX Record, CNAME Record or ANAME Record. You will be responsible for the hosting and configuration of your website or email, of course.

5. Is there anything I can't do?
Due to traffic restrictions, we strictly prohibit the sending of unsolicited email promoting any domain hosted on our DNS servers.

If you have any questions please e-mail us at support@NextRegister.com