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DNS Management

For domains that are pointed here (using our nameservers), you can add, edit, or delete your DNS entries in the Zone Editor, and if you're not sure which record is which or which does what, check out DNS Record Definitions for more information.

Pro Tip: To safeguard your brand, secure multiple domain versions. You can register a new domain today.

Important: If your name servers are hosted by Bluehost and your domain is not registered directly with us, please note that you cannot edit DNS records through our account manager, and you must make the necessary change directly through the platform of your domain provider.

What Are Nameservers?

Nameservers are like the guides of the internet. When you register a domain name for your website, such as www.example.com, that name needs to be translated into numbers (IP addresses) that computers use to identify each other on the internet. Nameservers are the specialized servers on the internet that do this job.

Here’s how it works: Each domain is assigned to a set of nameservers that store the DNS records for that domain. These records contain important information, such as the IP address for your website and the addresses for handling your emails. When someone types your domain name into their browser, their computer contacts these nameservers to find out the corresponding IP address. The nameservers respond with the necessary information to direct the user's computer to the right server for your website.

What Is DNS Management?

DNS management is essentially the behind-the-scenes coordination of your domain name's settings. This system, known as the Domain Name System (DNS), is crucial because it helps turn easy-to-remember domain names, like www.example.com, into IP addresses (the numerical identifiers that computers use to find each other on the internet). Managing your DNS effectively means making sure that people can reliably access your website and send emails to your domain without delays. It involves setting up and adjusting various records—such as A, MX, and CNAME records—that control website traffic routing, email delivery, and more. By keeping these settings accurate, you enhance your site's reliability and security.

How Does DNS Work?

DNS, or the Domain Name System, works like a phonebook for the internet. When you type a web address into your browser, like www.example.com, DNS is what helps your browser find the right server so it can load the website for you.

Here's how it works: Each device connected to the internet has a unique IP address, which is a series of numbers that's tough for humans to remember. DNS translates the easy-to-remember domain names into these numerical IP addresses. For instance, when you enter a domain name into your browser, your computer sends a request to a DNS server. This server sifts through its database to find the matching IP address for that domain name. Once found, it sends this IP address back to your computer. This then allows your browser to make the right connection to the website you want to visit; therefore, streamlining your internet browsing with ease and efficiency.

Benefits of DNS Management

DNS management offers a lot of practical benefits that can significantly enhance the way your online services operate. Take a look at this list of benefits:

  • Improved reliability. By properly managing your DNS settings, you ensure that users can access your website without hiccups. This is crucial for maintaining the credibility and trustworthiness of your business.
  • Faster website performance. DNS management can help reduce the time it takes for your website to load. By strategically placing DNS servers and optimizing your records, your website can load quickly from anywhere in the world.
  • Enhanced security. With robust DNS management, you can protect your domain from a variety of cyber threats, including phishing attacks and cache poisoning. This added layer of security helps prevent attackers from redirecting your visitors to malicious sites, which helps ensure that your website remains a safe place for customers to visit.
  • Scalability. As your business grows, so does your digital footprint. DNS management allows you to easily add more domains and manage them all from a central platform, which makes it easier to expand and scale your operations without losing control.
  • Streamlined administration. A centralized DNS management system makes it easier for you to manage your network because it allows you to handle domain redirections, subdomain configurations, and email settings directly. This consolidation helps eliminate errors and improve efficiency by providing a clear, straightforward process for these critical tasks.

Accessing the DNS Zone Editor

Using the Zone Editor is the first step in managing your DNS records. This can be accessed through the Hosting tab, Websites tab, or Domains tab.

Note: You may see a pop-up prompting you to acknowledge that these are advanced settings, and changing them comes with risk to your website and related services. Click CONTINUE to proceed to the DNS Editor.

Hosting Tab

  1. Log in to your account manager.
  2. Click the Hosting tab located in the left-side navigation menu. If you have multiple hosting packages, make sure to select the correct hosting account to manage.
    Hosting tab in the Bluehost account manager
  3. Scroll down to click CPANEL under Quick Links. The cPanel will load.
  4. Scroll down to the Domains section, and click Zone Editor.

Websites Tab

  1. Log in to your account manager.
  2. Click the Websites tab located in the left-side navigation menu.
    Hosting Tab
  3. Locate the domain you wish to update DNS for, and click the SETTINGS button.
  4. Click the DOMAINS tab.
  5. Next to the domain you wish to update DNS for, click the (vertical elipses) icon, then, click Adanced DNS Editor.

The Zone Editor will load. Here you can Add records or click on Manage and edit records. 

Domains Tab

You can also update DNS from the Domains tab.

  1. Log in to your account manager.
  2. Click the Domains tab located in the left-side navigation menu.
    Domains tab in Bluehost account manager
  3. Scroll down and click the ˅ symbol to expand the Advanced Tools section.
    Advanced Tools under Domains tab in the Bluehost account manager
  4. Here, you will have the option to manage the following:
    • Nameservers (DNS)
    •  Advanced DNS Records.
  5. Click Manage next to Advanced DNS Records.
    Manage DNS

Modifying Existing DNS Record

Follow the steps below when changing or modifying an existing record after you have accessed the DNS Zone Editor. If you aren't sure which DNS Record to update, see DNS Record Definitions for more information.

Zone Editor

  1. Next to the record you wish to modify, click the Edit button.
    Edit button
  2. Enter new values, then click Save Record when finished.

Domains Tab

  1. Under Manage Advanced DNS Records, find the record you wish to modify.
  2. Click the 🖉 (edit) button.
    Pencil icon to edit DNS
  3. ​​​​Enter any changes you wish to make on the required fields.
  4. Click Edit to save changes.
    Account Manager - Save by clicking Edit

Adding New Record

Follow the steps below when adding a new record after you have accessed the DNS Zone Editor.

Zone Editor

  1. Click the + Add Record button.
    Add Record button
  2. Fill in the required fields:
  3. Click Save Record when finished.

Domains Tab

  1. Click the + ADD RECORD button.
  2. Fill in the required fields once the Add Advanced DNS Records pop-up appears. Additional fields may appear based on the specific record you are in the process of adding. Fill out details as instructed by the DNS record provider.

    • Choose the Record Type.
    • Set the TTL (time to live).
  3. Lastly, to add the new record, click the Add button
    Add New ADNS Record popup

Take Note: Other fields may appear depending on the type of record you are creating. Fill out details as instructed by the DNS record provider.

Deleting Record

Follow the steps below when deleting a record after you have accessed the DNS Zone Editor.

Important: Please confirm that deleting a DNS record is necessary before proceeding. Removing a host record will interrupt any services tied to your domain. For example, deleting an MX record will cause any connected email service to stop functioning.

Zone Editor

  1. Find the record you wish to delete.
  2. Click the Delete button, then, click Continue to confirm.
    Delete button under Zone Editor

Domains Tab

  1. Under Manage Advanced DNS Records, find the record you wish to delete.
  2. Click the 🖉 (edit) button.
  3. Click the DELETE link in the top right corner.
    Delete button in Edit Advanced DNS Record
  4. Finally, click the DELETE button on the confirmation window that pops up. 
    Delete button in confirmation window
IMPORTANT NOTE:
  • DNS changes can take up to 24-48 hours to take effect across the internet.
  • Also, DNS changes can take 24-48 hours to reflect in the DNS editor.
Please see DNS Propagation to learn more.

If you need further assistance, feel free to contact us via Chat or Phone:

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You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.

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