How to update an existing A record

In this article, we’ll show you how to update an existing A record in your HostPapa cPanel. Need to create an A record? Please read our tutorial on how to create a new A record.

What is an A record?

The A in “A record” stands for “Address.” An A record maps a domain to the physical IP address of the computer hosting that domain. Internet traffic uses the A record to find the computer hosting your domain’s DNS settings. The value of an A record is always an IP address, and you can configure multiple A records for one domain name.

Note: Before making DNS updates, please confirm the name of the provider that currently manages your domain name’s name servers. You may easily check the current name servers in public WHOIS or HostPapa Dashboard > My Domains > Whois Lookup. The HostPapa name servers are found inside the welcome email received at signup or via Dashboard > My Support > Welcome Emails. The DNS updates should be made at the provider of the name servers in order for the changes to take effect.

How to update an A record

1) Log in to your HostPapa dashboard.


2) Select My cPanel from the navigation bar at the top of the page.


3) In the Domains section, select the Zone Editor option.



4) Locate the domain name that you want to edit and click Manage.



5) Look for the DNS you want to update and click Edit.


6) Ensure that the type you’re editing is an “A” record.


7) Enter the valid zone name and IP address:


8) Click Save Record.

Important: Please double-check that you have entered the correct information into each field. DNS records are very sensitive, and even a small mistake can cause problems that may affect your live website, email, etc.

Please be advised that the propagation may take 1-2 hours to complete.

To learn how to create a new A record, or to read a complete guide to DNS records, check out these Knowledge Base articles:

If you need help with your HostPapa account, please open a support ticket from your dashboard.

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