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GoDaddy are not exactly the nicest registrar around; their site and e-mail newsletters are filled with annoying advertising/marketing junk, and their web interface is not particularly pleasant to use. However, they are relatively functional, and their prices are good, so you might have landed up registering a domain with them. At this point, if you are like me, you will want to follow best practices and setup an in-bailiwick delegation for your shiny new domain. Unfortunately, the exact procedure for doing this through GoDaddy’s web interface is not particularly obvious. For .com/.net/etc. domains, you need to register your nameservers in whois first; once you have done that, you can then list those nameservers for your domain.

Here is a step-by-step description of how to achieve this via the GoDaddy web interface:

  1. Log into the GoDaddy site.
  2. Select “My Account” in the sidebar on the right.
  3. Select “Manage Domains” underneath “Domain Names”.
  4. Select the domain you want to modify from the list (the domain name itself is a hyperlink).
  5. Expand “Domain Host Summary” in the sidebar on the right.
  6. Select “Click here to see details or to modify”.
  7. Fill in hostname / IP pairs (select “Add New Host” to get additional input controls if you have more than two nameservers), and then select “Save Changes” once you are done.
  8. Wait a minute or two, to allow the information to propagate to WHOIS.
  9. Select your domain from the list on the left, again.
  10. Select “Click here to see details or to modify.” under Nameservers summary in the sidebar.
  11. Fill in the hostnames of the nameservers you just configured, using “Add New Nameserver” as necessary, and selecting “Save Changes” once you are finished.
  12. Sit back, relax, and wait for the DNS records to propagate.
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