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Use Your Own Name Server for a 1&1 Domain

Learn how to enter a custom set of name servers for your domain to use instead of the default 1&1 name servers.

Name server settings should not be altered unless you are absolutely sure that the name servers should be changed so the domain can be used with another host.

External domains are domains that are registered at another company and currently point to 1&1 name servers (DNS). If your domain is listed as an external domain in the 1&1 Control Panel, you will have to update which name servers should be used with that domain at the domain's registrar, not in the 1&1 Control Panel.

Please note:
Altering DNS for a domain should only be performed by advanced users with a complete understanding of domain name services (DNS). An improper DNS configuration can cause a website to be inaccessible for days.

Step 1
Log in to the 1&1 Control Panel using your Customer ID OR domain name and your password.

If you have only one package, you will land on the Administration page. If you have more than one package, select the package in question to reach its Administration page.


Step 2
Click the Manage domains link from the Domains panel.
Step 3
Check the box next to the domain to select it and click Show DNS Settings from the DNS drop-down box above the list of domains. Select Show DNS Settings
Select Show DNS Settings
Step 4
Click the Edit button next to Name Server Settings. Click Edit
Click Edit
Step 5
If you are currently using a CNAME with the domain, you will not be able to set which name servers should be used with the domain unless you select DNS from General settings.

Select My name server from the Name server drop-down box.

Select DNS then My name server
Select DNS then My name server
Step 6
You can now add your own name servers or 3rd party DNS host's name server addresses into the 1&1 Control Panel.
  • Enter the first name server address into the Primary name server text box.
  • Select My secondary name server from the Secondary name server drop-down box to add a second address.
  • Enter the second name server address into the 1st secondary name server text box.
  • You may add a third and forth name server address if necessary, but only two are required.
  • Click the OK button to save your settings.
Enter the information and click OK
Enter the information and click OK

A confirmation page is displayed. It may take up to 48 hours until the new name servers set are recognized by all servers/computers on the Internet. A confirtmation is displayed

A confirtmation is displayed

Please note:
You must make sure that you have the NS record configured on the name servers you are using, otherwise your domain will be removed after 3 weeks. The 1&1 Control Panel will check the NS record of your name servers to ensure that they match the name server addresses you entered in the Control Panel and will send you a reminder e-mail if there is a mismatch. If after 3 weeks, the settings still do not match, the Control Panel will automatically remove the external domain.

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