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CentOS Web Panel (CWP) features a built-in DNS Management tool that controls the DNS without worrying about complex BIND server setup. It offers this through a tool called FreeDNS. The guide will go over the CentOS Web Panel Default DNS Setup process to help you get started with managing your DNS through CWP.
CentOS Web Panel Installed – CentOS Web Panel Initial Setup Completed.
By default, the nameservers on the CentOS Web panel are set to ns1.centos-webpanel.com and ns2.centos-webpanel.com. This is correct for this guide. We will need to perform a few steps to make this work for our domains.
Step 1: Navigate to the FreeDNS management page and create an account. Use the Click Here to register link to set up an account if you do not already have one. If you already have an account set up, log in and skip to step 3.
Step 2: Fill in the details of your user account you wish to create.
When you successfully create an account, it will redirect you to the login page. If you arrive at a page that states the user exists already, click the back button on your browser and try a different username.
Step 1: Use the new username and password to log in to the FreeDNS Manager. It will take you to the DNS Manager home page.
Step 2: Click Add Zone on the left menu. This is where we will add the domain you wish to control.
Step 5: Enter the details for the domain here. The default TTL times listed here will work for most uses. Feel free to modify them if you wish. Furthermore, you can fill in the IP address for the Web Server IP, Mail Server IP, and the FTP Server IP boxes. Filling in the boxes here creates the necessary DNS records for you, although it is not immediately necessary. You can do add these later if you do not add them now. Click Add zone when you are finished entering information to add the zone.
Step 6: Click the domain you just added. Afterward, it will take you to to the Viewing Zone page.
You will see a page that looks like the screenshot below.
This page shows a few key pieces of information.
Step 1: You can add, delete, or modify any DNS Records you need in the spaces below. Click the Commit Changes link to finalize the changes. Edits made will be lost if you do not click Commit Changes before leaving this page.
You have now set up DNS for your CentOS Web Panel. However, don't forget to create any DNS Records for your domain here. Remember, adding a new domain to your CentOS Web Panel requires performing the steps in this guide again for the new domain.
Written by Hostwinds Team / December 26, 2018