What is NS Record?

The NS records identify the name servers, responsible for your DNS zone. In order to have a valid DNS configuration, the NS records configured in the DNS zone must be exactly the same as these configured as name servers at your domain name provider. That way, resolvers will be redirected to the proper DNS servers, the same servers that are hosting your DNS zone.

The NS record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:

Host: Type: Points to: TTL
hostname.com NS ns1.cloudns.net* 1 Hour

Why do you need an NS record?

You need NS records because DNS queries respond with an authority section listing all the authoritative name servers. For that reason, it is mandatory for your DNS zone to have the proper NS records inside. Without NS records, you zone will stop working.

How to create a DNS NS record?

Log in your ClouDNS account, enter your DNS zone management page, and click on the Add new record button. For Type choose NS and type as follow:

Type: NS
TTL: 1 Hour
Points to: ns1.cloudns.net*

*You can find and use the available name servers for you on your Dashboard page - DNS hosting section, right next to "create zone" button.

Note: The host field can be empty or @. Both will work in the same way.

How to add NS records - Step by Step video:

NS record VS SOA record

SOA record is a DNS Resource Record as a kind of documentary record. It contains the admin email address of the person responsible and a few other values such as serial number, refresh, retry, expiry, etc.

NS records, on the other hand, have a different role on the DNS scene. NS records tell which servers can be contracted to obtain the records pertaining to the domain.

NS record VS A record

As we already mentioned above, NS records delegate the DNS zone to use the given authoritative name servers.

The purpose of the A record is quite different. The A record is used for a Forward DNS resolution. In short, the A record points your domain to your server.

How to start managing NS records with your domain name?

  1. Open free account from here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create new Master DNS from the [add new] button - read more here
  5. Add or modify the NS records you need as it is described in this article

Support of NS records

ClouDNS provides full support for NS records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your NS records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.

Last modified: 2022-04-06
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