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What Is A Private Nameserver

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If you own or control a domain and have it registered with Hostwinds, there is a type of search, called a WHOIS search that can reveal certain types of information about a domain. One of the details revealed in this manner include your domains “Nameservers.” This is not a security threat or a bad thing, but some may wish to hide these using Private (custom) Nameservers. But what is a private nameserver? This article is going to help answer that question.


What They Are

A private (custom) nameserver is a nameserver created with a domain you control to replace nameservers given to you from your host. You can also use a private nameserver for the purpose of using with a self-hosted DNS Server. These are made in order to create a higher level of customization for domain owners. They can provide further branding for your domain. You can create a custom nameserver based on any domain you control that is registered at Hostwinds using our guide on Creating Private Nameservers.

If your domain is registered elsewhere, consult with your registrar on how they allow for private nameservers. They may refer to this concept as “SOA” nameservers, “Custom” nameservers, “Private” nameservers, or something different entirely. 


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