Vanity nameservers, sometimes called custom nameservers, are a way to assign your own vanity names to our nameservers. This offers several potential benefits:
- The whois records for your domains reflect your domain as the nameserver, not ours.
- The NS records within the domain also reflect the vanity nameserver names.
- The SOA record can have a custom hostmaster reference instead of firstname.lastname@example.org.
Configuring vanity nameservers is just a few steps:
1. Adding Address Host Records
Start by adding A records to your domain. These A records will associate your vanity nameserver names with our nameserver IP addresses. You can use any naming scheme you want. If you're unsure, the most common schemes are ns1.example.com or a.ns.example.com.
While we have a number of nameservers, you may use only a subset of them if you prefer.
We've provided a Quick-Add feature on the Nameservers tab to simplify entry of these records. To get there, go to: domain.com -> Nameservers -> edit -> Enable vanity nameservers. You'll find the Quick-Add at the bottom. You may also add these A records directly on the Hosts tab of your domain if you prefer.
2. Enable Vanity Nameservers
Once you have mapped your vanity nameserver names to our IPs, then you'll just need to enable Vanity Nameservers for your domain. This is in the same place as the last step: domain.com -> Nameservers -> edit. In the box labeled 'Vanity nameservers' enter the names of your nameservers. For example, if you used the ns1.example.com naming scheme, and chose to use three of our nameservers, you'd enter:
3. Optionally Customize Hostmaster
If you'd like to change the hostmaster field of your domain's SOA record, enter it in the field labeled 'Email of domain administrator (hostmaster)'. This email address will be public information. If you'd rather not publish one, you may leave the field blank and Zerigo's default address will be used instead.
At this point, everything is setup with Zerigo's system. The next steps will be how to setup vanity nameservers with your domain registrar.
4. Glue Records
Before you can assign your vanity nameservers as your domain's official nameservers, the central domain registry needs to know a little bit about your vanity nameservers. Basically, the registry needs to know each of the names of your vanity nameservers along with their IP addresses. These are called Glue Records.
Find the place at your registrar where you can configure these. Many registrars will simply refer to them as Glue Records. A few may label them more abstractly, referring to "configuring nameservers with IPs", "host summary", "nameserver registration", or something similar. An additional page is available for Glue Records at GoDaddy.
Whatever it's called, you need to enter each vanity nameserver name (eg: ns1.example.com) along with whatever IP you assigned to that address within Zerigo's system (eg: 22.214.171.124). It is important that the name/IP pairs match in both Zerigo's system and the registry.
5. Change Domain's Nameservers
Once you have the Glue Records created, assign your vanity nameserver names as the official nameservers for your domain.
That should be everything. If you have additional domains you'd like to configure to use one of your existing vanity nameservers, you just need to follow steps #2, #3, and #5.
As always, if you have questions, email support—we're always happy to help!