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cPanel Zone Editor

DNS (Domain Name Service) converts human-readable domain names (for example, example.com) to computer-readable IP addresses (for example, 192.0.32.10). DNS uses zone files that reside on your server to map domain names to IP addresses.

Use the new Zone Editor interface to add, edit, and remove A, AAAA, CNAME, SRV, MX, and TXT DNS records. It performs all of the functions available in both the Simple Zone Editor and the Advanced Zone Editor in a simpler and easier to navigate interface.

Log in your cPanel, go to Domains section and click Zone Editor link:

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In the main interface screen are listed all domains in your hosting account:

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You can use the search option to manage records for specific domain:

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For each domain in the list, you can perform some actions directly. Click the text to perform that action.

  • A Record - Add an A record for this domain.
  • CNAME Record - Add a CNAME record for this domain.
  • MX Record - Add an MX record for this domain.

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To refresh the list of domains, click the gear icon at your right hand side and select Refresh List:

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Manage DNS Zone

If you click Manage link next to each domain a new interface will display the zone records for the selected domain:

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To filter the list of zone records select one of the record type filters:

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Add a record

Click the arrow next to Add Record to select a record type:

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If you do not select record type here you can do it in the new interface that will appear:

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Add A Record — This record maps hostnames to IP addresses. A records allow DNS servers to identify and locate your website and its various services on the Internet. Without appropriate A records, your visitors cannot access your website, FTP site, or email accounts.

Note: Only add A records when you add a service that cPanel & WHM or your service provider does not provide.

Add AAAA Record — This record maps hostnames to IPv6 addresses.

Add CNAME Recor — This record creates an alias for another domain name, which DNS looks up. This is useful, for example, if you point multiple CNAME records to a single A record in order to simplify DNS maintenance.

Note: You cannot point a CNAME record to an IP address.

Add MX Record — This record allows you to route a domain's incoming mail to a specific server. Changes that you make to a domain's MX (Mail Exchanger) control where the system delivers email for a domain.

Add SRV Record — This record provides information about available services on specific ports on your server.

Note: The SRV record must point at a hostname with an A (or AAAA) record. You cannot point an SRV record at a CNAME record.

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

Note: The TXT record text box accepts invalid data and does not issue a warning.

Enter the appropriate information for the record type that you selected.

Click Add Record or click Cancel.

Edit a record

Click Edit next to the record that you wish to edit:

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Change the information in the text boxes as necessary.

Click Save Record to save your changes or click Cancel to discard them.

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Delete a record

Click Delete next to the record that you wish to remove:

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Click Continue in the confirmation dialog box:

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Reset zone files

Warning: This feature erases any modifications that you made to your zone records. The system attempts to save the domain's TXT entries. We recommend that you record any changes that you wish to save before you use this feature.

To reset your DNS zone files to the defaults that your hosting provider specifies, perform the following steps:

Click the gear icon and select Reset Zone:

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Read the warning about the consequences:

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Click Continue to reset your zone, or Cancel to return to the Manage Zone interface.

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