So, you're a new user here at NS1 and may have never managed your own DNS before. No worries, the process is actually quite simple. While a series of advanced features are available to dive into later, getting your domain online and hosted to the public internet can be completed in a few short steps. Listed, in order below, are a series of knowledge base articles to walk you through the full process.
Step 1: Sign up for an NS1 account
We have a free-tier option for use of the service with no time restriction and a query limit of 500,000 queries per month. A credit card is required at signup to cover any overages. A small temporary pre-authorization charge will be placed on the credit card.
Step 2: Add users to your account
If you will have other users managing your DNS account, you can create and set account permissions for additional users in your account here:
Step 3: Create or import a zone
A zone is the domain name (such as example.com) that will contain all of your DNS records. There are a couple different ways to accomplish this:
Note: You can only import a zone file if you have a current DNS provider where you have created zones for your domains previously. You will need a bind compatible zone file from your current DNS provider to import your zones into your NS1 account.
Step 4: Add records to the zone
For example, if your website example.com is hosted with IP address 126.96.36.199 you will need to create an A record to map the two together (example.com A 188.8.131.52)
Step 5: Record the NS1 nameservers associated with your zone
There are four NS1 nameservers associated with your DNS zone. These are listed in the NS1 portal and must be applied using your domain registrar's configuration tools (you'll do this in the final step of this article).
To view the nameservers associated with your zone:
Log in the NS1 portal using the credentials you just created.
In the Zones page, click the name of the zone you just created or imported.
Click the Nameservers tab to view the those associated with the zone. Record the nameservers for use in Step 7 of this "getting started" process.
Step 6: Test your DNS records.
Now you will be able to test your DNS records to ensure they are served as expected from NS1’s authoritative nameservers. The following article explains how:
Step 7: Delegate your nameservers
Once your zone and records are in place and you know your zone’s nameservers, you can delegate your domain’s authoritative nameservers to NS1. This will be different for every registrar (the organization that sold your domain to you).