Defining Name Servers


Defining Name Servers

Last updated January 21st, 2015

A Name Server translates domain names into IP addresses. This makes it possible for a user to access a website by typing in the domain name instead of the website's actual IP address. For example, when you type in "," the request gets sent to a name server which will return the IP address of the Microsoft website.

Each domain name must have at least two name servers listed when the domain is registered. These name servers are commonly named and The first server listed is the primary server, while the second is used as a backup server if the first server is not responding.

SiteHost has three name servers available to its customers. You should use the SiteHost name servers if you want to administer and control the DNS for a domain using the SiteHost Control Panel. The official SiteHost name servers can be found in this article.

Setting the Name Servers for a domain in the SiteHost Control Panel

Follow these steps to set your domain's name servers:

  1. In the list of Domains select the domain you want to edit.
  2. Select "Name Servers" from the list under the "Domain Options" (see Figure 1)
  3. Enter the name servers directly or click the "Set To Default Name Servers" to use our default SiteHost name servers.
  4. Click the "Update name servers" button to save the changes.

Note: If you have set your own preferences for name servers, these will be used by default, otherwise, SiteHost name servers will be used.

Figure 1


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