When you set up a hosting account we automatically create basic zone files for you. However, if you have advanced needs (for example, you wish to use your own mail server) you can create a custom zone file for your domain.
This article is intended to help you create and use custom zone files. For more information on what zone files are and how to use them, please see this guide.
Creating a custom zone file
You cannot edit the default zone files we provide for you, however if you wish you can create a custom zone file, allowing you to make advanced changes. In all cases you can copy one of the default zone files allowing you to make minor changes.
In your hosting control panel, click on Manage zone files in the left hand menu. Then click on Add DNS zone, which will appear underneath.
Enter a name for the new zone file, and select an existing zone file to copy. Copying an existing file ensures that all the basic settings will be in place when you start editing your zone file (if anything important is missing, you'll discover very quickly that things don't work as you expect!)
Using a custom zone file
Any new zone files that you create won't be used until you tell the system that you wish to use it for one of your domains. To do this, simply click on Primary DNS in your control panel and select your custom zone file using the Zonefile dropdown box.