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How to modify DNS Records (DirectAdmin)

This guide is focused around deployed servers with DirectAdmin's new skin "Evolution"

DirectAdmin has the ability to modify DNS Zones at the "Reseller" level. All various types of records can be handled within the DNS Zone – this is the place to be if you need to modify any sort of MX records or perhaps add that new subdomain to point towards to a sub-site that's not hosted on the server without interrupting the rest of your website.

We understand that DNS can look scary, believe us – we know it can be tricky!

In this guide, we'll be going over how to access this area of DirectAdmin and how you can make adjustments and add new records as necessary.


As always, if you ever require assistance – please reach out to us.

Creating a new record

To create a new DNS Record within DirectAdmin for one of your domains you must first login to DirectAdmin.

Once logged in, you'll want to swap your access down to "Reseller" which will alow you to access the "DNS Management" section of DirectAdmin as noted below:

Evolution - Default:

Evolution - Icon:

Within the "DNS Management" area you will see your list of domains: we'll be using in our example (highlighted below):

We'll click on the domain highlighted to go within its DNS Zone:

These are all the records currently associated with this domain. In this area, we can add and/or manage the records as needed.

We're going to be creating a new record; so click the "Add Record" button highlighted.

You'll get a pop up window asking you to specify your DNS Record type; we've selected the A Record:

There are many different other records that can be add as necessary – here are some quick reminders:

  • A Record – To point an IP to a specific location
  • NS Record – To point the domain where to find its DNS information
  • MX Record – To point a domain on where to deliver incoming mail
  • CNAME Record – To point a domain to another domain.

In our example, we used an A Record to point to another location.

As you can see, the system even lets us know how the record is truly displayed:

Once done, we'll click "Add' which will add the record to our DNS Zone.

That's it, that's all it takes to create a new record.

As this is a DNS change, it can take up to 24-48 hours for new records to resolve due to DNS propagation delay.

Modifying an Existing Record

To modify an existing record, you'll want to be in the DNS Zone where the records are displayed within the domain you're modifying:

You'll want to click the "Pencil" icon highlighted – this is how you specify to edit this specific record.

For this example, we'll modify the default A record for

You'll get a pop up modification window to modify this record:

As you can see it's set to 192.190.x.x; we'll change this to for demonstration purposes.

Once done, click "Edit" – this will apply the change and you're done!

You can do the same for any other record such as MX records to change mail servers.

We hope this guide has been helpful in understanding how DirectAdmin handles and works with DNS.

control-panels/directadmin/how-to-modify-dns.txt · Last modified: 2020/06/15 09:59 by Karson N.