Using the DNS Zone Editor feature in cPanel

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Updated: September 6, 2022
By: RSH Web Editorial Staff
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DNS converts human-readable domain names (for example, example.com) to computer-readable IP Addresses.
https://rshweb.com could convert to 192.0.0.1

DNS relies on zone records that exist on your server to map domain names to IP addresses.

With the Zone Editor interface you can create, edit, and delete DNS Domain Name System Zones record

For each listed domain you can perform the following actions:

A Record - Create a new A record. When you select this record type, a new window will appear. Enter a valid DNS zone name in the Name text box and a valid IPv4 address in the Address text box.

CNAME Record - Create a new CNAME record. When you select this record type, a new window will appear. Enter a valid DNS zone name in the Name text box and a FQDN in the CNAME text box.

MX Record - Create a new MX record. When you select this record type, a new window will appear. Enter the record’s priority value in the Priority text box and a FQDN in the Destination text box.

DNSSEC - If Available Manage the domain’s Domain Name System Security Extensions DNSSEC records. When you select this record type, the system directs you to the DNSSEC interface.

Manage - Add or edit additional domain records. When you click Manage, the system directs you to the Manage Zone interface.

Editing the DNS zone records in cPanel

A Record, CNAME, MX Record, TXT Record

Log in to your cPanel

Navigate to the "Domains" section and click on Zone Editor option

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If more than one Domains hosted, they will also list them here. Make sure you edit the correct line

edit zone

A-record

If you would like to add a new record, click |+A Record|

(An A record (Address Record) points a domain or subdomain to an IP address)

"Name" must be a domain with an optional period at the end

"Address" must be an IP-address

Once all the fields are filled click on "Add Record" button

CNAME record

If you would like to add a cname record, click |+CNAME Record|

(A CNAME (Canonical Name) points one domain or subdomain to another domain name, allowing you to update one A-Record each time you make a change, regardless of how many Host Records need to resolve to that IP address)

"Name" must be a domain with an optional period at the end

"CNAME" must be a valid zone name

Once all the fields are filled click on "Add Record" button

MX record

Mail Exchanger

If you would like to add a MX record, click |+MX Record|

This record identifies the servers that handle a domain’s email.
Changes that you make to this record control where the server delivers a domain’s email.

You can set the following values:

Priority - Identifies the servers that handle a domain’s email. This value for each MX record determines the order in which other mail servers will use the domain’s mail server. A lower value indicates a higher priority level. A value of 0 indicates the highest priority level.
Typical numbers would be 14400

Destination - The mail server. This must be a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN). Example could be mail.rshweb.com>

TXT record

TXT records now can be added through the |+Manage| link, then with the |+Add Record| drop down box

This record contains text data for various services to read. For example, TXT records can specify data for SPF, DKIM, or DMARC email authentication

Name - must be a domain with an optional period at the end

TTL - must be a positive integer (in seconds)

TXT Data - cannot be empty or more than 255 characters

These records hold free form text of any type. A fully qualified domain may have many TXT records. The most common uses for TXT records are Sender Policy Framework (SPF), DomainKeys (DK), DomainKeys IdentifiedE-mail (DKIM). TXT records historically have also been used to contain human readable information about a server, network, data center and other accounting information

Example - example.com TXT "v=spf1 +a +mx +ip4:198.187.31.8 ?all"

Once all the fields are filled click on "Add Record" button

To edit existing record, please perform following steps:

Log in to your cPanel

Navigate to the "Domains" section and click on "Zone Editor" option:

Click on the |+Manage| link

Here you can modify or add records with the |+Add Record| drop down box

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