How to Add an A Record From cPanel (With Screenshots)

Psst! This is easier to do than you probably think. You just have to know what to look for and what to change.

Published Categorized as Domains & Hosting

Maybe you want to point your domain name to your Squarespace, Wix, or WordPress.com website. Or you may want to send email campaigns from a custom domain via ConvertKit or MailChimp.

The best, and often only, way to accomplish this is to edit the A records of your domain name. The “A” in “A record” stands for address, and is it a clue to the purpose of this type of DNS record: it points your domain to an IP address.

If the NS records of your domain name point to a Linux server running cPanel (or a web hosting account on it), this means that you must edit all other DNS records, including the A records, from cPanel.

This tutorial will show you how, step by step and with screenshots.

How to Add an A Record From cPanel

Follow the steps below to add a new A record to your domain name from cPanel.

Step 1: Fire up your browser and log in to the cPanel for the server hosting your website. Scroll down until you find the “Domains” widget and click on “Zone Editor.”

The Zone Editor in cPanel

Step 2: To add a new A record to your domain name, select the domain name you want to add the A record to and click “A Record.”

The domain name Zone Editor in cPanel

Step 3: Add the subdomain that you want to point to the third-party platform under “Name,” then paste the IP address given to you by that third-party platform under “Address.”

Adding an A record from cPanel

Step 4: Click “Add an A Record” and wait at least 20 minutes for the changes to take effect. Sometimes, it may take a few hours to 1-2 days for the DNS server to update your A record (and for those changes to propagate).

How to Edit an Existing A Record From cPanel

Follow the steps below to edit your domain name’s existing A records from cPanel.

Step 1: Fire up your browser and log in to the cPanel for the server hosting your website. Scroll down until you find the “Domains” widget and click on “Zone Editor.”

The Zone Editor in cPanel

Step 2: To edit your domain name’s existing A records, select the domain name that you want to edit and click “Manage.”

Managing a domain name’s DNS records in cPanel

Step 3: Click “A” in the upper left corner of the screen under “Filter” to display only the A records for your domain name. Then click “Edit” for the A record you want to change.

Editing a domain name’s A records

Step 4: Make the desired changes to the desired record and then save them. Wait at least 20 minutes for the changes to take effect. Sometimes, it may take a few hours to 1-2 days for the DNS server to update your A record (and for those changes to propagate).

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