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How to create custom nameservers with GoDaddy domains

Log In

Log into your account at http://godaddy.com

 

Click Domains

From the My Account screen, click DOMAINS

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Launch Domain

Locate your domain in the Domains Panel, then click the green <span style=”padding:.5em;background-color:green;”>Launch</span> button across from that domain.

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Create Custom Nameservers

If you are using pre-defined nameservers (such as ns1.codero.com, or ns1.domaincontrol.com) you should skip this step.  Use these steps ONLY if you wish to create your own nameservers and will be hosting your own DNS.

It is not recommended to create custom nameservers unless you absolutely need them and know what you are doing.  Using custom nameservers and hosting your own DNS adds an additional level of complexity and issues can be difficult for person inexperienced in using them. By using alternative nameservers, you not only reduce the complexity, but you also reduce the load on your server.

Scroll down to Host Names and click Manage

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On the Hostnames screen, click Add Hostname

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On the next screen, type the SUBDOMAIN (example: ns1) in the Hostname field and enter the IP address your DNS server.  Then click Add

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You will now see your newly created nameserver.  Click the Add Hostname button and repeat the process for any additional nameservers (ns2) you wish to create.

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Save Nameservers

After you have created all the nameservers you desire, click Save.

Notice we used the same IP for both nameservers.  This is completely acceptable!  In most circumstances, you do not need to use 2 IPs on your server to host DNS!

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After you have created the nameservers, it make take several minutes (>10) before the new nameservers are available for you to use. Once the new nameservers are ready, you will receive an email from GoDaddy letting you know the registration of the new nameservers had been successful.

 

Set Nameservers

On the Domain Details screen, scroll down to Nameservers and click the link for Manage

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Add Nameservers

On the Nameserver Settings screen, select (*) Custom, then click the Add Nameserver button.

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Enter Nameservers

On the Add Nameserver screen, enter the nameserver you wish to use.  If you are using an existing nameserver, enter it here.  If you are creating custom nameservers, select a subdomain (commonly ns1 or ns2) followed by your domain name.  Example: ns1.howtowebhost.com

If you are going to add a second nameserver, click the Add Nameserver button and enter the next nameserver.  Click the green OK button when you are finished.

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Changing or adding nameservers to a domain name may take up to 48 hours to propagate. Please plan accordingly!

 

By admin on February 26, 2014 | GoDaddy | A comment?

How to use this site

Welcome to HowToWebHost.com! The owner and contributors to this site have created it with hopes it will provide easy-to-follow, step-by-step instructions on basic skills required to host your own websites. Most of the articles on this site have been created based on the most frequently asked questions to web hosting support techs.

Inline Articles

While we make strides to leave no stone unturned, you will find there are several portions of articles here that are used multiple times, such as how to access Server Manager in Windows. Rather than re-write this portion for each article, we provide simple dropdown links. If you already know how to access this section of the article, feel free to skip it. If not, click the clearly labelled link to display the full steps.

Example:

Open Server Manager

How to open Server Manager

Windows 2008 & Windows 2003

Method 1 – From Start

Click Start then Server Manager.

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Method 2 – Administrative Tools

Click Start then Administrative Tools. Now click Server Manager from the side menu.

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Method 3 – Right click “Computer”

Click Start then right click on “Computer”, then click “Manage”. This will open the Server Manager window.

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Inline Graphic

You will also find our heavy use of inline graphics, such as Keyboard and Windows buttons. These are provided as additional guides to help you complete the current process (step) you might be working on. You will also find references to multiple key strokes. If you see something like Ctrl+X, this says to press both of these keys at the same time.

 

Information Windows

There are a few information windows you will see scattered throughout the site. Each of these will be color coded.

RED = WARNING!
If you see a red window such as this one, pay close attention! The information in here is important and needs to be followed closely.

 

GREEN = Important.
The information located in a green window is for your information, but should be paid attention to.

 

GRAY = Additional Information.
The information located within any gray window is there to provide additional information that can safely be ignored.
By admin on February 24, 2014 | Uncategorized | A comment?

How to open Server Manager

Windows 2008 & Windows 2003

Method 1 – From Start

Click Start then Server Manager.

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Method 2 – Administrative Tools

Click Start then Administrative Tools. Now click Server Manager from the side menu.

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Method 3 – Right click “Computer”

Click Start then right click on “Computer”, then click “Manage”. This will open the Server Manager window.

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By admin on | Windows | A comment?

How to disable Enhanced Security Configuration in Internet Explorer

Open Server Manager

How to open Server Manager

Windows 2008 & Windows 2003

Method 1 – From Start

Click Start then Server Manager.

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Method 2 – Administrative Tools

Click Start then Administrative Tools. Now click Server Manager from the side menu.

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Method 3 – Right click “Computer”

Click Start then right click on “Computer”, then click “Manage”. This will open the Server Manager window.

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Security Information

In the right panel, scroll down to Security Information, then click the link for Configure IE ESC

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Disable Enhanced Security Configuration

In the Internet Explorer Enhanced Security Configuration pop-up window, select (*) Off for both Administrators and Users, then click OK

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By admin on February 21, 2014 | Internet Explorer | A comment?

How to view or edit my server’s password

Log into ServerPortal.com

Log into https://serverportal.com using your Codero Client ID as the username and your assigned password.

 

Access the Services Selection Page

Click Services > My Services from the top menu bar.

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Click Options

Click the “Options” button (looks like a magnifying glass) adjacent to the plan(s) you wish to access.

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Show Password

Scroll down to the “About this service” section.  In the right column, you will see an option for DS Password.

To view the current saved password, click Show

NOTICE!!
There is a known bug in ServerPortal.com that does not display passwords correctly if they use special characters (‘?’, ‘$’, ‘&’, etc.). Instead of displaying the character, ServerPortal will show them as %xx where xs is 2 characters represented by 0-9 and A-F. If your password does not work and you see a % symbol in your password, use the Edit button instead!

To store a new password, click Edit

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By admin on February 18, 2014 | Hotkeys, ServerPortal | A comment?

How to enable downloads in Internet Explorer 7

Select Internet Options

Open Internet Explorer, click Tools in the menu bar, then select Internet Options

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Select Custom Level

From the Internet Options pop-up window, click the Security tab, Click Internet (looks like a globe), check [X] Enable Protected Mode, then click the Custom level… button.

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Security Settings enable File Downloads

In the Security Settings pop-up window, scroll down the settings field until you reach Downloads > File download. Click the (*) Enable radio button, then click OK

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Restart I. E.

Close all related pop-up windows and restart Internet Explorer. You should now be able to download files.
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How to configure Windows 2008 VM to connect to the Internet

This guide is deigned to help you get a freshly installed Windows 2008 Web Edition virtual machine to connect to the Internet. While the focus of the guide is related to virtual machines, the concepts involved also apply to fresh installs for dedicated servers as well. More…

By admin on February 13, 2014 | Windows | A comment?