first of all, I wanna start this question by saying Im a complete noob when it comes to computers. I know nothing!! ok so here is my problem; I'm currently trying to buy a vps to host some ready made website I have on my computer. But I have no idea of what to write when presented with thisbox (the highlighted part) can someone please shed light on the significance of each column?


NS stands for NameServer also called domain name servers (DNS). Domain names like www or mycompany.com each have a numeric address called an Internet Protocol (IP) address. They look like and are very user unfriendly. In order to make them friendly for users, we assign names to the numeric IP address and the Name Server converts (resolves) the name to it's IP address. For example, when you type in www.mycompany.com in your browser, a name server converts the www to the numeric address transparently to the user.

Every domain must have at least one and preferably two name servers (for fault tolerance). The hostname is the name you can assign to the computer. It could be something like computer1.mycompany.com or www.mycompany.com or mail.mycompany.com. You probably should use WWW since I'm guessing your trying to host a website.

Your name servers question is simply what name would you like your name servers (DNS) to be called? ns1.mycompany.com or domainserver.mycompany.com. NS1 and NS2 are pretty standard names for name servers that people readily recognize, so I'd just leave the names as NS1 and NS2.

Just to clarify, the prefix is simply the first part before the first period from the left. I.e., if the domain server full name is ns1.mycompany.com, the prefix is ns1.

Does that help?

  • No, it doesn't help - when I order a dedicated server or VPS, I expect to get an IP address. If I don't also order a domain, what are the NS prefixes used for? Which domain would they apply to? If it refers to an existing domnain, then the NS records are already known. If it is a new domain, which one would it be, and why would it have in-zone nameservers? – Remember Monica Feb 17 at 16:49

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