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Vanity Name Servers and Record Notes

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We've just rolled out two new features for DNSimple that we'd like to share with you.

Vanity Name Servers

📣 UPDATE August 2020: For an up-to-date overview, take a look at our new post about Vanity Name Servers.

The first feature is vanity name servers. Vanity name servers provide a way to have your name servers appear as either under your domain or under another domain that you control rather than the standard through

For example, if you owned the domain and enabled vanity name servers your name servers would become through The name servers will use the same IP addresses as our existing name servers but will use your domain.

Alternatively you can use any domain name for the name servers as long as you point them to the IP addresses of our name servers and turn on vanity name servers for your domain.

Enabling vanity name servers is easy. Log into your account, go to the Manage page for the name you want to enable vanity name servers on and follow the Vanity Name Servers link in the Tasks section.

Account Status Screen

Next either leave the radio button selected for “Use this domain for my vanity name servers” if you want the vanity name servers to share the same name as the domain, or check the “Use other name servers for my vanity name servers” radio button if you want to specify different vanity name servers.

Vanity Name Servers

If your domain is registered with DNSimple we'll automatically insert the appropriate records in the domain registry and the DNSimple system. If not then you'll need to change the domain's name servers at your current domain registrar.


The other feature we've rolled out is the ability to add notes to any record. This allows you to keep custom notes about a record, such as where it's hosted, who manages it, etc. right along side the record in your DNSimple account. You can add as many notes as you need and remove them easily.


We hope that these features are useful to you. We'll be working on adding API hooks for these features and others in the near future.

As always feedback is appreciated and welcomed. Just email us at and let us know how we're doing or what you'd like to see different and we'll do our best to bring it to you.

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