Editing DNS records on the Zone Editor in cPanel is a common task for website administrators. DNS records control how domain names are translated into IP addresses and play a crucial role in directing traffic to the right servers. Here’s how you can edit DNS records using the Zone Editor in cPanel:
- Login to cPanel: Start by logging in to your cPanel account. You’ll typically access cPanel through a URL like
https://yourdomain.com/cpanelor a similar link provided by your hosting provider. Enter your cPanel username and password to log in.
- Find the Zone Editor: Once you’re logged in, look for the “Zone Editor” or “DNS Zone Editor” icon or link. It’s usually located in the “Domains” or “Advanced” section of cPanel. Click on it to open the DNS management interface.
- Select the Domain: If you have multiple domains associated with your cPanel account, you’ll need to select the domain you want to edit DNS records for. Click on the domain name from the list.
- Choose the Record to Edit: In the Zone Editor, you’ll see a list of the existing DNS records for the selected domain. Find the record you want to edit. Common types of DNS records include “A” (Address) records, “CNAME” (Canonical Name) records, “MX” (Mail Exchanger) records, and more.
- Edit the Record: Click on the “Edit” or “Edit Record” button next to the record you want to change.
- Modify the DNS Record: You’ll now see a form where you can edit the DNS record. Depending on the type of record you’re editing, you’ll have different fields to modify:
- For “A” records: You can change the IP address associated with the domain or subdomain.
- For “CNAME” records: You can change the canonical name to which the record points.
- For “MX” records: You can change the mail server’s priority and destination.
- For other record types, such as TXT, SRV, or SPF records, you’ll have fields relevant to that record type.
- Save Changes: After making your desired changes, click the “Save” or “Save Record” button. Your DNS record will be updated.
- Verify Changes: It’s essential to double-check your changes to ensure they are correct. DNS changes can take some time to propagate across the internet, so it may not take effect immediately. You can use online DNS lookup tools to verify that your DNS records are updated as expected.
- Additional Records: If you need to add new DNS records or delete existing ones, you can do so using the “Add Record” or “Delete” options in the Zone Editor.
- Exit Zone Editor: Once you’ve finished editing your DNS records, you can exit the Zone Editor or return to the cPanel dashboard.
Note: Remember that incorrect DNS changes can affect your website’s functionality and email services, so it’s essential to be cautious and verify your edits. If you’re unsure about making changes to your DNS records, consider consulting with your hosting provider’s support team or a knowledgeable IT professional for assistance.