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VPS and Dedicated Hosting: How to Set Up Private Name Servers


When managing your web presence, optimizing for control and flexibility is key. For those using VPS (Virtual Private Server) and Dedicated accounts with Bluehost, setting up private name servers offers a significant advantage over using our default Bluehost-provided name servers.

The Benefits of Private Name Servers

By using private name servers:

  • Instead of reaching out to Bluehost every time there's a DNS change, you can make adjustments autonomously.


  • Your brand gets an enhanced professional appearance using ns1.YourBrandDomain.com rather than a generic Bluehost domain.

Setting Up Private Name Servers

  1. Choose Your Naming Convention:
    While you have flexibility in naming, make sure the DNS records for these private name servers correctly point to your server. As an example, for a domain named Customerdomain.com:
    • ns1.Customerdomain.com (points to IP address
    • ns2.Customerdomain.com (points to the same IP address
  2. Registration Process:
    The procedure for registering private name servers will vary depending on your domain registrar. For any other domains in your account, you have the option of either setting up unique private name servers for each or using one domain to establish private name servers for all.

Setting Up Private Name Servers for Domain Registered with us

  1. To set up your custom name servers, navigate to Account Manager, then Domain Name, and finally select Custom Name Servers.
  2. Enter the domain name for both n1.domain.com and n2.domain.com, as displayed in the provided screenshot. Ensure to save your changes.
  3. After configuring the name servers with your registrar, proceed by navigating to WHM, then DNS Zone Manager, and finally, click on Manage.
  4. Here, edit the SOA (Start of Authority) and NS type records. Replace the default ns1.bluehost.com/ns1.TEMPDOMAIN.ME with your custom domain.

    Note: After registering your private name servers and updating the domain info, it may take 12 to 72 hours for these changes to propagate across the internet. During this period, global DNS servers gradually apply your updates to ensure a consistent user experience.

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

  • Chat Support - While on our website, you should see a CHAT bubble in the bottom right-hand corner of the page. Click anywhere on the bubble to begin a chat session.
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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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