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How to Create a Name Server

When you purchase a web hosting plan, you are given two name server address that you must input into your domain registrar’s hosting account in order to point your domain to the web server you are leasing. After doing this, you can log back into your hosting account and then confirm ownership of the domain, thereby associating the domain with your hosting account for easy management. A Name Server will appear as NS1.NAMESERVER.COM and NS2.NAMESERVER.COM and is issued by your hosting provider within the control panel of your hosting account.

The addresses of your name servers are publicly displayed within the WHOis database for anyone to see, unless you opt for private registration. If you made the mistake of not opting for private registration, it is possible to create your own name servers to at least conceal the identity of your web hosting company.

If you own an online business and you want to portray professionalism, then creating your own name servers can help you appear more independent than you actually are.

If this sounds interesting to you, then you may want to consider the following information about creating your own name servers.

Installing DNS Software

The first step in creating your own name server is installing DNS software on your web server. It is important to note that some hosting accounts, especially those that operate in the shared hosting environment, will not allow you to do this, and the best type of hosting plans to do this is with dedicated hosting or VPS hosting.

In order to install the DNS software, you also need to have access to the server's root, and most shared plans do not allow this, but in some cases, the hosting provider will make an exception. 

Before going through the hassle of finding the right DNS software, it is important to check with your web host to make sure you're able to perform the aforementioned actions.

Obtain IP Addresses and a Domain

You'll also need access to at least two IP addresses within your hosting account, which is important to note because this is usually only offered with dedicated or VPS hosting plans. However, it is possible to purchase additional IP addresses from the hosting provider if your plan currently only includes one. If the hosting provider will not sell you an additional IP address, then you will need to change hosting plans. 

You'll also need a domain name to associate with your name servers. This can be the domain that you are currently using, or you can purchase an additional one especially for this purpose.

Adding the New Name Servers to the Control Panel

Although this process generally differs depending on the hosting provider and the type of DNS software you’re using, most people can do it without any previous training.  Simply by visiting your hosting provider’s control panel, you can add new name servers. 

You'll need to choose the name of your name server, which will be added as a subdomain before the domain name of the name server. For example, you can choose dns1.nameserversite.com or ns1.nameserversite.com.

Then, it is as simple as walking through the steps outlined in the name server portion of your control panel.  You will add the name you have selected for your name server, and with a few clicks, the process will be completed. 

However, if your hosting control panel does not contain a name server section, then your hosting provider may need to assist you with the configuration.

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