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Create Private Nameservers with NameCheap

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NameCheap is one of the most popular domain registrars. This guide will go over how to create private nameservers with NameCheap and it is intended to help Hostwinds clients who need to point their domain name to their web hosting services with Hostwinds.

NameCheap Nameserver Creation

At at NameCheap, they refer to this type of record as a Personal DNS Server. Here’s how to create one.

Step 1: Once logged into your NameCheap account, click Manage next to the domain you wish to use for your private nameservers.

Click Manage next to desired domain

Step 2: Next, click on the Advanced DNS tab. This will reveal a series of advanced options for your domain.

Click Advanced DNS

Step 3: Scroll down to the Personal DNS Server section. Once there, click the “Add Nameserver” link.

Personal DNS Servers, click Add Nameserver

Step 4: Now, in a small overlay just below the link, a dropdown should pop up with the standard list of nameserver prefixes. You can choose one of these, or simply type the nameserver you want to create.

Nameserver Prefix Options

Select the prefix from the dropdown.

Insert the IP Address you wish to tie this nameserver to
Enter the IP address desired, Click Done.

Assuming no errors or incorrect inputs, you will receive a notification that the Nameservers were updated successfully:

Successful Update Notification

Repeat steps 3 and 4 for each nameserver you want to create. Typically, two nameservers are sufficient for most registrars.

As with all DNS records, global propagation can take up to 24 hours to finish.

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