When a website is developed, it may need many resource records to support it behind the scenes. They can be used to identify specific locations within the server for different subdomains or services such as email. Other records can be used for databases or to help validate emails and even prevent spam. These records come in a variety of different types. Your cPanel allows you to use either a Basic DNS Editor or the Advanced DNS Editor.
The Basic DNS Editor only allows you to create two record types and you cannot edit any default records that were created when your account was activated. The Advanced DNS Editor, however, allows you to create three types of records and also allows you to edit the default records. Below are the steps on how to create records using the Advanced DNS Editor in your cpanel.
How to use the Advanced DNS Editor in cPanel
- Log into your cPanel.
- Once inside, you will see several categories. Find the the Domains category and locate and click the Advanced DNS Editor icon.
- Select your desired domain from the Select A Domain dropdown menu. For example, we selected whhsupport.com
- Go to the Add A Record section and fill out the record information.
||The name of your record. Be sure that it ends with your domain name and a period. Example: record.whhsupport.com If you are creting a new record for your main domain name, use that. Example: whhsupport.com
||TTL means Time To Live. A copy of the record will exist, or 'live' on DNS servers around the world for this certain amount of time. Once it expires, it will need to contact the server again to reset the record. The record is set as a number of seconds, so 14400 is 4 hours, which is a usually the default. Setting the TTL too low can have an adverse effect on the server.
||Choose your record type from the dropdown. There are three types. A, CNAME, and TXT records.
||The server address that the record refers to. It can be set as an IP address, a domain name, or a subdomain. TXT records will be set as text string enclosed within quotes.
- After you have finished entering the information for your record, click on the Add Record button. You can also edit existing records by finding them in the list at the bottom of the page and selecting either Edit or Delete on the right hand side of the row.