Registrar that allows both nameservers and A records at the same time?

Looking to replace my domain registrar with a registrar that allows me to point the domain to both nameservers and A records at the same time.

I'm currently at Network Solutions and they only allow one or the other for my domain, not both at the same time. I'm looking for recommendations for a different registrar, as this is causing major issues for an advanced website server configuration.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
If you point your nameserver to your hosting service, then you need to manage the dns with your hosting service.  Personally, I "park" my domain at networksolutions or godaddy and then manually update the dns a, mx, txt records at networksolutions or godaddy.  I don't think you can  do  what you are asking at any registrar.

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Dave BaldwinFixer of ProblemsCommented:
I don't think that will happen.  The nameserver is operated by the hosting company and they assign the A records because they own the IP addresses.  The domain registrar just points to the nameserver.  If you're hosted at NS I guess they could sub one for the other.
telstar_Author Commented:
Ok, I was wondering if that was the case. I appreciate the thorough, quick responses.
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Are you trying to serve your A records from one DNS provider, and your other records (MX, CNAME, etc.) from a different provider? I'm not clear on what you are trying to do.

Nameservers are specified in domain name records at the registrar, and DNS records are specified within nameservers. Pointing a domain at both a nameserver and an A record doesn't make sense. It should go:

Registrar (domain name) -> nameservers -> DNS records

I'm curious to find out what you're trying to accomplish, and if I'm just not understanding the question.

On a similar note, though, and this might be what you're looking for... I know that GoDaddy will allow you to use their DNS servers for free, regardless of where you point the records. In other words, you don't have to host with GoDaddy to use their DNS only have to house your domain there.

Scott Fell, EE MVEDeveloper & EE ModeratorCommented:
junipllc, it sounds like he set the name server with the registrar.  If you buy your name at and set the nameserver to, then you can no longer set individual dns records at godaddy.  It has to be done where you pointed the nameservers.

True, but the distinction I was trying to make was that GoDaddy doesn't mind whether you use its DNS servers ( to point to its own hosting or to an external hosting provider. Many DNS/hosting providers require that if you use their DNS you have to use their hosting.

I was kind of reading the question as a kind of split-brain DNS or something of that sort. Personally, I use an external provider for all of my DNS -- fewer headaches. :)

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