I have Namecheap BasicDNS for example.com and I would like Namecheap to continue to keep managing the DNS records for all of its subdomains unless I tell it otherwise.

Specifically, I want to let mysubdomain.example.com handle the DNS records for all of its own subdomains.

Is such a setup possible? Simply put, is it possible to make DNS servers "hierarchical" like this?
Or do I have to point the entire domain's nameserver toward a custom one?

  • I am sorry, is it just me, or am I missing something? I do not understanding what the OP is asking. Totally confused. – closetnoc Aug 14 '17 at 0:58
  • He's looking for DNS subzones. – Stephen Ostermiller Aug 14 '17 at 12:48
  • "Delegate" was indeed the critical keyword I was missing :) – user541686 Aug 15 '17 at 6:58

It is technically possible (it means you need to have NS records in example.com for handling mysubdomain.example.com) but it depends on the service Namecheap is giving you. Since you are paying them, did you ask them? It is most probably not possible, especially for a "basicDNS" called service, but only they could answer you on this.

  • Yeah, they actually have it, I just didn't know about NS records! Thanks :) the one caveat seems to be (though I haven't 100% confirmed it) that the subdomain also needs to handle its own DNS record, which is unfortunate since half the idea was that it should be resolvable even if its DNS service crashes or something... – user541686 Aug 15 '17 at 6:56

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