Getting Started

Here at ClouDNS everything is pretty simple, fun and easy to do. If you have decided to use our DNS hosting services, you are on the right track. We will let you know how you can delegate the DNS management of your domain to us. ClouDNS a offers powerful feature set which is easy to use. In order everything to work correctly we will walk you around the steps.

Step 1. You would first need to create a DNS zone for your domain name. Please click on "[Add new]" link on your Dashboard in section "DNS zones". In the popup window click on "Master zone", we advise you to create Master DNS zone for your new domain with the suggested NS records. This option is Create zone with NS records and it is selected by default. It is the easiest way to create a Master DNS zone with NS records for all name servers, available for you.

Step 2. After you have created and configured your Master DNS zone and NS records, you need to go to your domain registrar(the place where you have bought your domain) and point our name servers. You can find your available Name servers on your Dashboard section at the right side of the page. Your account might have access to different set of name servers. Below is just an example of our Name servers:

Name server 1: pns31cloudns.net
Name server 2: pns32.cloudns.net
Name server 3: pns33.cloudns.net
Name server 4: pns34.cloudns.net 

Step 3. Good work, if you have delegated the DNS management to ClouDNS you are on the right track! This is the final step, now you need to create an A record for your domain name. The A Record points your hostname to an IP address. The record A specifies IP address (IPv4) for given host. To add an A record go to your DNS management page and click on “Add new record”. Type, as follow:

Type: A
TTL: 1 Hour
Host:
Points to: ip.of.your.domain(this is an example)

After that you can create a CNAME record. The CNAME record is also known as canonical name record. It is used for specifying that a domain name is an alias for another domain, the “canonical” domain. The CNAME Record is used only for subdomains. For this step we will create a CNAME record for the “www” subdomain. This means that if the user types www.yourdomain.com on his web browser he will be redirected to yourdomain.com. So to add a CNAME re again click on “Add new record”. Select CNAME and type, as follow:

Type: CNAME
TTL: 1 Hour
Host: www
Points to: yourdomain.com(this is an example)

Zone import functions:

If you wish to import your zone directly to ClouDNS, we also have two options which you can use, but again you would need to create your DNS zone first. After that you can use our Zone import functions. Our "Zone import" function (which can be found at the upper section for the relevant DNS zone) includes two options: "Import zone file" and "Import via transfer".

The first option allows you to import a Zone file from your device (computer). The supported formats are BIND, and TinyDNS.

On the other hand, with "Import via transfer" you can transfer the records from you DNS zone which is located on your server. To do so, once you open the "Import via transfer" pop-up, in the "Server" field you must enter the IP address of your Master server. Also, you have to allow transfer from your Master server to our servers.

Lastly, we have a script for Bulk import of DNS zones by zone transfer (AXFR) from external server which can be found in the link below:

https://github.com/ClouDNS/cloudns-api-bulk-updates/tree/master/zones-import-via-transfer


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