How to use your domain as a nameserver?

This article will explain what private nameservers are and how you can set them up on your 123 Reg domain name.

Usually when you sign up for web hosting, you use your host’s nameservers. When you have your own nameservers, these will need to be configured and added to your own domain name.

Instead of people seeing your web hosting company’s nameservers, they see your private nameservers. If you sell hosting and don’t want your customers to know who your web host is, you will want your own private nameservers. Private nameservers typically are in the format of and

Please note: before proceeding, you’ll need to make sure that your domain isn’t locked or has the Domain Ownership Protection service enabled. For details on how to do this, please read our Support articles:

Creating your own private nameserver

Step 1 of 6

Start by logging in to your 123 Reg Control Panel.


Step 2 of 6

From there, select Domain Names within the ‘Manage active products’ section.

Next, choose your domain name from the provided list and then select Manage.

Manage Domain Names


Step 3 of 6

Scroll down to the Advanced Domain Settings section and click Change Nameservers.

Choose Change Nameservers


Step 4 of 6

On the next page, select the link within the fourth bullet point (i.e. ‘To create nameservers based on your domain…’).

Select Create Nameservers


Step 5 of 6

From here, you’ll need to details for the nameservers you wish to create in the relevant boxes (i.e. and You will also need to add a corresponding IP address for each nameserver you create, known as a ‘glue record’. Without it, the DNS client will be unable to locate your nameservers and your domain name won’t work correctly.

Once done, select Update to complete the change.

Enter details

Please note: it may take up to 48 hours for this change to be completed.


Step 6 of 6

Once your private nameservers have been set up, return to the initial Nameserver management page for your domain.

Enter the details you used to create your private nameservers and select Update. Again, this may take up to 48 hours for this update to be processed.

Update Nameservers