[Okta Webinar] Learn how to a build a cloud-first strategyRegister Now


What should be my name server?

Posted on 2011-04-30
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-11-19
I have registered a domain. By default the NS record is of the registrar, which the registrar assigned during the domain registration.
My questions are as follows:
I want to host a website for this domain with a third party. So, what should be my name server? Should it be of website hosting server? Or should I continue using the registrar's NS records and make A record change?

In short, I have my domain registrar, website hosting server, mail server with three different vendors. So, what should be my NS record, A Record? where should i define MX record? Please advise...
Question by:Joji Joseph
LVL 10

Accepted Solution

WayneATaylor earned 2000 total points
ID: 35496847
You can use any server for the name server.

You simple need to make sure that the NS tags point to the correct server ot servers, and the address A record is then set with the correct IP address for the Web server.

I would suggest its good practice to keep the NS servers with whoever you registered and pay for the domain.  Most registars have a web interface to set these values.


LVL 12

Expert Comment

ID: 35500387
I concur with what WayneATaylor said.  It's best to keep the name servers with your registrar, provided that the registrar allows you access to your records and lets you edit and add A records, CNAME records, etc..  Then to set up a new website somewhere else, you can just add an A record for that site.  If, however, the registrar doesn't allow you direct access to your file, it's time to change it to somewhere else.

Featured Post

Hire Technology Freelancers with Gigs

Work with freelancers specializing in everything from database administration to programming, who have proven themselves as experts in their field. Hire the best, collaborate easily, pay securely, and get projects done right.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

What You Need to Know when Searching for a Webhost Provider
Dramatic changes are revolutionizing how we build and use technology. Every company is automating, digitizing, and modernizing operations. We need a better, more connected way to work together as teams so we can harness the insights from our system…
The viewer will learn how to count occurrences of each item in an array.
The viewer will get a basic understanding of what section 508 compliance can entail, learn about skip navigation links, alt text, transcripts, and font size controls.
Suggested Courses
Course of the Month18 days, 22 hours left to enroll

834 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question