How to Set up a Nameserver - Plesk Tips

How to set up a Nameserver

A DNS or Domain Name System is a convention that defines how computers swap data on the Internet. For every website name, like, DNS turns it into an Internet Protocol (IP) address like: Hence, giving each computer on the network a unique identity. It’s a bit like a phone number. Every time you access a website, you enter a name, then the request goes through a DNS server or nameserver.

What’s a Nameserver?

This server holds an enormous database of records. So what it does is find the stored name and turns it into its corresponding “phone number.” Therefore, this system makes sure people only need to remember the names for these addresses – and not majorly long numbers.

How you create these DNS records will vary according to your hosting provider. So please check their interface to make sure. But here’s how you can configure nameservers so you can translate domain names into IP addresses.

Note that for domain extensions (TLD), you’ll usually have to use at least 2 different IP addresses for 2 different nameservers. As an example, we’re using the domain “” with the nameservers “” and “” which should have IPs “” and “”.

Setting up a Nameserver with Plesk Control Panel

Creating Your Domain

First, create your domain in Plesk. Then, go to “Websites & Domains” to see an overview of all your domains. If you want to configure a second IP address for your nameservers, go to “Tools & Settings” > “Tools & Resources” > “IP Addresses”. The nameserver will respond to all configured IPv4 and IPv6 addresses. The IP addresses for your nameservers can be different from the ones you used for your websites.

In Plesk, you do DNS zone configuration with a DNS template. You can find this under “Tools & Settings” -> “General Settings” -> “DNS Template”. This template has all the nameservers ‘ settings – apart from some for default entries and internal services, like webmail. So this is where you can configure the entries for all the domains on your server.

Plesk creates two nameserver entries by default, “” and “” – just as examples. If you want to use the same nameservers for each of your domains, it’s best to change the NS entries and IP addresses of your nameservers in the template. To use different nameservers, you can also change these settings later in your domain’s DNS zone.

When you have configured the DNS template, you’ll need to apply it to all domains. Now you can see the new settings also in the DNS zone of your domain. You can manage the DNS zone at “Websites & Domains” – “” – “DNS Settings”. Here, you can add, edit and delete your DNS entries.

Domain Configuration

Finally, you’ll need to properly configure your domain settings with your domain registrar. So, change the nameserver entries. And if you want to use subdomains based on your domain (such as “” for your domain “”) as your nameservers, you’ll need to set up “Glue Records”. This just means that the domain registrar saves the name of the IP address as well as the names of your name servers.

Sometimes you’ll need to configure new IP addresses at the current DNS zone of your domain. Since a DNS update takes time, you may need to wait up to 24 hours before the new settings become actual. You can test your nameservers and the name resolution for your domain with tools like DNSstuff. It can help you verify the settings at your DNS provider and your nameservers.

Read more about Slave DNS on Plesk and take a look at our DNS extensions by clicking below.

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      Desmond Chirikeni

      Hi there

      I am trialling out Plesk and in need of setting up webmail ASAP, please advise how you can help out with this


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      Hi there, I just bought a hosting on Plesk, but the domain of the website I created buy in other vendor. I wonder how I configure the domain and IP DNS in the Plesk hosting? Thank you.

      • Debbie from Plesk
        Debbie from Plesk

        Hey Sony, best to get in touch with your DNS registrar (vendor) about this one as they’re managing the DNS zones 🙂

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      My domain has the extension .domains. My registrar says I cannot create nameservers for this extension in their DNS settings. Can create the nameservers in Plesk alone and will they work?

      • Debbie from Plesk
        Debbie from Plesk

        Hey Gordon,
        Unfortunately not – you will need a registrar DNS. Perhaps you can get in touch with them again and they can refer you?

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      I have bought single domen and a shared linux hosting from hostgator. do i need to change nameserver or in happen by defalt? please mail me.

      • Debbie from Plesk
        Debbie from Plesk

        Hey there,
        You need to change the nameserver record for the domain with any hosting ( shared, vps etc. ) There are other ways of how to associate the certain domain with the certain server, however the classic approach is usually a nameserver change on the side of the registrar. Hope this helps!

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      Ian Bennett


      I have multiple domains/websites hosted on our server with a plesk control panel. We have just migrated them all to a new plesk server and all is well except for one which has an extension the company that manages our server cant handle. “.ph”.

      I have configured just that single domain to have its nameservers on our new server via the Plesk control panel. Will this work?

      In summary all bar one of the domains will use the name servers of the server management company and just one will be managed via Plesk.

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