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Use Your Name Server for a 1&1 Domain

Learn how to use your own name servers for a 1&1 Domain.

By default, any domain registered with 1&1 will use the 1&1 Name Servers. It is possible to specify different name servers to use with the domain instead of the 1&1 Name Servers by making a change in the 1&1 Control Panel.

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.

Please note:
You should not edit DNS in the 1&1 Control Panel for external domains. External domains 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, update which name servers should be used with the domain at the domain's registrar, not in the 1&1 Control Panel.
Step 1
Log in to your 1&1 Control Panel and select the relevant package.
Step 2
From the Domains panel, click on Manage Domains.
Domains > Manage Domains
Domains > Manage Domains

Step 3
Click the arrow icon next to the domain in question to display the domain options drop-down menu. Domains overview page
Domains overview page
Step 4
Select Edit DNS Settings from the DNS Settings section of the options drop-down menu. Domains overview page
Domains overview page
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 Edit DNS Settings from the domain options drop-down menu. Select Other name servers from the Basic DNS Settings section. Basic Domain Settings page
Basic Domain Settings page
Step 6
  • 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.
  • Click on Save to proceed.
Please note:
You may add a third and forth name server address if necessary however only two are required.
Name Server Settings section
Name Server Settings section
Please note:
All DNS changes may take up to 72 hours to be fully updated and recognised by all servers/computers on the Internet.
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