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Add a Record in Zone Editor – cPanel

Learn How to Add a Record in Zone Editor in cPanel. The Zone Editor allows you to create, edit, and delete Domain Name System (DNS) zone records. DNS converts human-readable domain names (for example, example.com) to computer-readable IP addresses (for example, 192.0.0.1). DNS relies on zone records that exist on your server to map domain names to IP addresses.


Video tutorial – Add a Record in Zone Editor in cPanel


Step-by-step tutorial – Add a Record in Zone Editor in cPanel

  1. Login to cPanel.

    Tutorial: login from the Client Area or the direct link.

    Find the Domains section and click the Zone Editor link.

    Extilum cPanel - Domain - Zone Editor

  2. Zone Editor

    Select the domain for which you want to manage records.
    Actions
    +A Racord
    Add A Racord
    IPv4 Address Record — This record maps hostnames to IPv4 addresses. These 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. You can set the following values:
    Name — A new or existing DNS zone name. When you enter a zone name, the system automatically appends the domain name to the zone record. For example, if you create the user zone, the system will add the example.com. domain information.
    Address — Enter the domain’s IP address.
    +CNAME Record

    Canonical Name Record — This record creates an alias for another domain name, which DNS resolves. This is useful, for example, if you point multiple CNAME records to a single A record in order to simplify DNS maintenance. You can set the following values:
    Name — A new or existing DNS zone name. When you enter a zone name, the system automatically appends the domain name to the zone record. For example, if you create the user zone, the system will add the example.com. domain information.
    Record — Enter a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN). For example, the example2.com domain. You cannot point a CNAME record to an IP address.
    +MX Record

    Mail Exchanger — 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.
    Destination — The mail server. This must be a fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).
    Manage

    Opens Manage Zone Editor window.

    Extilum cPanel - Domain - Zone Editor

  3. Manage Zone

    Next to Add Record, click the down arrow, and click the type of record you want to add.

    Extilum cPanel - Domain - Zone Editor

  4. Add Record

    Name
    – type the fully-qualified domain name (FQDN) for the record.
    TTL
    – type the time-to-live value in seconds.
    Type
    – Choose from the drop-down menu.
    Record
    – type the value for the record.
    Click the Save Record button.

    More Types:
    AAAA
    IPv6 Address Record — This record is the same as an A record, but maps hostnames to IPv6 addresses.
    CAA
    Certificate Authority Authorization Record — This record controls which certificate authorities (CA) can issue SSL certificates for a domain.
    SRV
    Service Record — This record provides data about available services on specific ports on your server. You can set the following values:
    Priority — The service record’s priority value. A lower value indicates a higher priority level. A value of 0 indicates the highest priority level.
    Weight — This value ranks entries that share the same Priority value. For example, a record with a 0 priority level and an 8 weight value will rank lower than a record with a 0 priority level and 4 weight value.
    Port — The service’s target port number.
    Target — The service’s target hostname.
    TXT
    Text Record — This record contains text data for various services to read. For example, TXT records can specify data for SPF, DKIM, or DMARC email authentication.

    Extilum cPanel - Domain - Zone Editor

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