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:
- Log into the GoDaddy site.
- Select “My Account” in the sidebar on the right.
- Select “Manage Domains” underneath “Domain Names”.
- Select the domain you want to modify from the list (the domain name itself is a hyperlink).
- Expand “Domain Host Summary” in the sidebar on the right.
- Select “Click here to see details or to modify”.
- 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.
- Wait a minute or two, to allow the information to propagate to WHOIS.
- Select your domain from the list on the left, again.
- Select “Click here to see details or to modify.” under Nameservers summary in the sidebar.
- Fill in the hostnames of the nameservers you just configured, using “Add New Nameserver” as necessary, and selecting “Save Changes” once you are finished.
- Sit back, relax, and wait for the DNS records to propagate.