Managing Nameservers and IP Addresses

If you have been used to shared hosting, when you make the switch to a dedicated server, you will suddenly have access to your own IP address and nameserver.

It is important to manage these two correctly so that you do not experience any downtime and so that your site will function properly.

Nameservers

Nameservers are responsible for directing the traffic that goes to each domain name. They ensure that when a visitor types your URL into their search bar that they end up at the correct site. Your nameservers will need to be added to your domain name when you register your domain, or changed if you have an existing domain. You will need to log-in to your domain name registrar’s site to change this information so that your site will resolve to the correct IP address. These changes can take anywhere from 15 minutes to several days.

Your hosting company may also allow you to create and assign new nameservers for different IP addresses associated with your account. If you do not have the ability to do this, there are still ways that you can create your own nameservers.

You will need to have the IP address for the domain that you wish to add a nameserver and then you will need to create a nameserver that looks like this: ns1.yourdomain.com You can also use dns1, or another identifier. This is very useful if you are having difficulty with your nameservers.

IP Addresses

IP addresses are normally shared when you are in a shared hosting situation. This means that you can have hundreds of websites that all share the same IP address. However, when you are on a dedicated server, you are now the owner of a static IP address. This means that you will be the only site associated with this IP.

However, if you plan to resell space on your server, you may be given a pool of IP addresses for your own use. It is a good idea to keep one IP solely for your own use and use the others for your shared customers. This gives you more security and ensures that you are the only one who has access to changing anything on that particular IP.

Your dedicated server should allow you to manage your different IP addresses and assign your customers to certain addresses from the selection. You can also use different IP addresses if you plan to host several of your own sites on your dedicated server.

Having the ability to control your IP and your nameservers are two of the nicest features you will find on a dedicated server. The extra control can help you manage your sites better and can greatly improve your site’s security level.

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Posted on 12/14/05 10:27 PM

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