How to Set Private Nameservers on Domain Names

We got some free new white-listed domain specific private  nameservers courtesy of our new Knownhost VPS hosting. But setting up private name servers is a little different, when you try changing the name servers with your domain name registrar.

Usually your webhosting gives their nameservers to use, like this
ns1.knownhost.com
ns2.knownhost.com

But we got private nameservers, specific to our domain name, like this
ns1.quickonlinetips.com
ns1.quickonlinetips.com

Set Up Private Nameservers for Domain Names

When you login to your domain name registrar (we use Godaddy) to change DNS settings, you would simply need to edit the nameservers for your domain name to those suggested by your host and it would propagate over a few hours. But when we tried changing our domain nameserver, we kept getting “Nameserver not registered” errors.

no nameserver

We wasted a lot of precious time and effort on this, believing maybe the IP was not yet registered and linked to these nameservers. But actually this time it needed a little more technical skill than before.

host-summary-add

The trick is to locate the Host Summary details, which would normally be empty. Click the add link there to add  your new private nameservers with their IP there. Create separate entry for each nameserver.

set host ip

Once you set your host name and IP, then the Host Summary details, which were blank before, now looks like this

host summary

Now you can go ahead and change  your nameservers the usual way and those “Nameserver not registered” errors will no longer be there, and your new name server change request will be accepted.

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Albert
Albert

Let me know which VPS plan you are using for this site…?

I’m planning to purchase managed VPS for Video Sharing site.

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

I am using VPS2 with cpanel

Mida
Mida

does this work with any other hosts,? i mean shared host account like hostgator?

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

If your host has this facility, they will surely publicize it.

Chris
Chris

Mida, I just set up a reseller account with Host Gator, all of my domains are on Godaddy. I followed the instructions on this page and it worked great. Propagation can take a day or two once set. Just wanted to let you know that it does indeed work with hostgator.

Cheers :)

Sunder
Sunder

That’s a simple and great solutions…. i too wasted a lot of time on this error… but finally added the nameserver details with help of this post…

Thanks a lot

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

@Sunder – I am glad this tutorial worked for you.

IamRob
IamRob

Thank you so much for this. Man I was having a problem.

Livan
Livan

Thank you. Very clear. It work perfect.

Ana
Ana

Thanks! My domains are with Mad Dog Domains and I have just followed your instructions sucessfully (just had to scroll down a bit to find “Host Summary”). I will now wait for propagation, but I think this did the trick!

Dirk
Dirk

I have been setting up my private name servers just like you described above for over a year now.

Today when I went to set up a site I went to host summary, added my name servers, then went to manage and all I keep getting is name server not registered.

I called go-daddy and their support told me I am not suppose to do it that way.

Any tips?

Thanks

QuickOnlineTips
QuickOnlineTips

It is possible only if your host allows private nameservers. Most hosts do not allow that and use their own nameservers. Check with your host.

Florin
Florin

How to set this on name.com, i can`t find the Host Summary please help, thank you

thetricks
thetricks

Thanks a lot. I was finding it from last 5 hour and you made it so easy.

Host Monsterz
Host Monsterz

how to do it in zamfoo. please share in detail.

Michael
Michael

Tried everything as you have described which I believe is the correct infomation for Godaddy… but still the domain name will not resolve. Host Gator says they have done all they are supposed to do so I’m at a stalemate in
meantime… over 3 days and no resolution in site but more support calls.

Michael
Michael

The fix… One Godaddy tech, name Sean, out of 3 of others detected the problem for me after 3 days… I blame this on Godaddy’s interface as I fell into the trap of pasting in the full DNS info into the edit area of the Host Summary section. I pasted it in just same as I always do in their set nameservers area. But you must know that these boxes in the Host Summary edit area only require: NS1 | NS2 Therefore, don’t add in the full ===> domain.com It’s confusing but leave it out of the edit Host Summary… Read more »

Michael
Michael

Let me just clarify this for something already confusing enough. Initially, when in Godaddy’s Host Summary area yes you do need to put in the full DNS info like this: NS1.Domain.com & NS2.Domain.com But in the Set Host and IP address area when you click the Edit links, in there where it opens up a small screen, only add the NS1 | NS2 (this is where the domain.com part in already hard coded in so by adding it in the box only duplicates the DNS info cunfusing things) Also add in your IP address with NS1 & NS2 and you… Read more »

Anas
Anas

Hi,

I have added host to my godaddy. But the problem Nameservers not registered stil persist.

Can i have some advise?

Thanks
Anas

dubai webhosting
dubai webhosting

hanks! My domains are with Mad Dog Domains and I have just followed your instructions sucessfully (just had to scroll down a bit to find “Host Summary”). I will now wait for propagation, but I think this did the trick