A hostname is a Fully Qualified Domain Name (FQDN), used to identify your server. By default, your VPS/Dedicated server has a generic hostname assigned to it. For example, vps####.inmotionhosting.com or ded###.inmotionhosting.com. However, you can customize your hostname to improve your ability to send email from your domain/server. In this guide, you can learn how to change the server hostname, using the Web Host Manager (WHM).
Before You Begin
Review the warnings and details below, to ensure a smooth transition from one hostname to another.
- Log into your WHM as the root user.
- Type ‘host‘ into the WHM search field.
- Click on the option Change Hostname under the section Networking Setup.
- Under the section Change Hostname, enter the hostname desired in the New Hostname: field.
- Click the Change button.
The hostname change process may take a few seconds to complete. You will see the status and details once the hostname has been changed.
NOTE: Scroll down to the very bottom of the details on this page and you will see an Add an A Entry for your hostname button. If you have not already added an A record for your new hostname, you should add one now. If you are not pointed to InMotion Hosting’s name servers, then you will need to create the A record for the hostname in the nameservers where your domain is pointed to.
Congratulations! Now you know how to change the hostname for your server, using WHM.
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