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Setting up Vanity/Dedicated Name Servers

Julian Lister
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Julian Lister

This article is now deprecated and is here for reference only. You can now setup vanity dns name servers following the instructions in this link instead: Setting up your SEO DNS Server

A vanity nameserver is a name server that is branded to a website of your choice, instead of our public name servers. This can make your site appear more professional and prevent some potential footprints.

A vanity DNS server hides any trace of the service provider that you use and is highly recommend to all our SEO hosting customers.

When you do a Whois lookup on your domain anyone can see the name servers that your domain name points to. For instance if your domain was here is what you’d see:

Before vanity name servers:


After vanity name servers:


Using vanity name servers allows you to hide the fact that your website relies on a your provider’s name server.

To Create a vanity name server follow these instructions:

  1. Login to your WHM account.
  2. Xelect “Edit Zone Templates
  3. There you will have 3 options simple, standard and standardvirtualftp. You have to click on each of the above items and change the content of Zone Template for all 3 of those with:
    ; cPanel %cpversion%
    ; Zone file for %domain%
    $TTL %ttl%
    @ %nsttl% IN SOA ns1.%domain%. hostmaster.%domain%. (
    %serial% ; serial, todays date+todays
    86400 ; refresh, seconds
    7200 ; retry, seconds
    3600000 ; expire, seconds
    86400 ) ; minimum, seconds

    %domain%. %nsttl% IN NS ns1.%domain%.
    %domain%. %nsttl% IN NS ns2.%domain%.

    ns1.%domain%. IN A
    ns2.%domain%. IN A

    %domain%. IN A %ip%

    mail IN A %ftpip%

    localhost.%domain%. IN A

    %domain%. IN MX 0 mail.%domain%.

    www IN CNAME %domain%.
    ftp IN A %ftpip%
  4. Now you need to go back to your domain name provider and create 2 records for your Name servers. Different providers name these records differently. For instance GoDaddy whom refers to them as host names while other providers may refer to the process as “registering a nameserver” or “creating a host record”.
  5. You need to create 2 records: -> ->

Here we assumed that is the name of your domain.

  1. Change the NS record for your domain to and
  2. Create a new domain under your WHM account.
  3. From this point forward WHM creates DNS Zones that looks and acts like very own dedicated name server.
  4. Check your domain name at

Finally if you need more help just open a ticket and we will gladly help you.