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Hi,

I have just bought a monthly VM.

I have been building websites for the last 10 years, but i am quite new to Server world.

I've figured out how to create new hosting / cPanel accounts for new clients via WHM, however i am struggling to get an understanding of what is required from the domain side.

Can anyone help with the steps required for the following two scenarios.

01 - i've bought a new domain name for my client, and now i need to link it to the hosting / cPanel account that i have just created for them

02 - my client has purchased a domain name else where, and i now need to link it to the hosting / cPanel account that i have just created for them

Especially with all the DNS (a, mx, etc...) records, and Name Servers

Thanks in advance to anyone who can help.
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if you and your clients own a domain name, you should be able to access the management interface of the domain provided by the domain's supplier or registar, e.g. Domain Manager if you registered the domain with GoDaddy.com.

from there you have the options to change the domain's primary and secondary DNS servers, change it to the servers given in the cPanel's DNS section. then all DNS requests against the new domain will be directed to the DNS servers controled by your hosting supplier, any change (e.g email server's MX record) you made at the cPanel will be immediately effective on supplier's DNS service.

you commonly no need to worry about the details such as MX record if your email service is also hosted by the same hosting supplier as the changes can be automatically made once you have enabled the email service from cPanel.
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Thanks.

Before i had got my new VM, i was used to pointing domains to various name servers, however i've been told that i need to do a lot more when it comes to managing domains with a VM set up... i've been told to do the following... do these steps sound right to you?

01 - log into domain panel
02 - click dns tab > dns records
03 - add ‘a’ record with blank field (no domain name) and point to your new server
04 - add ‘a’ record with www and the domain name (www.domain.com) and point to your new server
05 - add ‘a’ record with * and the domain name (*.domain.com) and point to your new server
06 - add ‘mx’ record with blank field (no domain name), with high priority and set mail exchanger to mail.clientdomain.com

I've two questions on this:

A - does the above seem right to you

B - how come i never have to do this before when just pointing a domain name to a new names server

Thanks in advance for your help
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just first clarify if the "domain  panel" is from cPanel or your domain name's registar or supplier?
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Domain name's register
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does your hosting supplier also provide email services for the domain? if yes, as mentioned above, you NO need to manage the A and MX records using your registar's domain manager, just need to change its primary and secondary DNS servers using domain manager.

your hosting provider's cPanel may automatically configure the remaining DNS settings for you if you have enabled email services from cPanel.

does it make sense?
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Ok cool, thanks
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