GoDaddy: Delegate Subdomain to Different Nameserver

  1. Access your GoDaddy domain manager
  2. Select your domain
  3. Select the “DNS Zone File” Tab
  4. Select “Add Record”
  5. Create a new “Nameserver” entry. See capture below. The “host” will be the subdomain you want to point to the new server. Use the proper nameserver naming format or GoDaddy will kick an error.
add fqdn initial pointer
  1. If you do not have a FQDN for your nameserver you will want to create an A record pointing to its IP:
add pointer to dns server


I would like to that Glen Kemp who began discussing this topic with me. I thought I should put this up even though GoDaddy clearly supports this procedure in their Support Forums.


Glen Kemp
Wednesday, Jul 23, 2014

Thanks for this, it proved that I what I needed to do for a customer was possible, despite getting a flat-out denial from their tech support and commercial people. Saved me a lot of aggravation, and its always helpful to have real-world examples of anything like this.
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Calcutta India
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014

Same here, just like Glenn, it saved a lot of time!
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Calcutta India
Saturday, Dec 6, 2014

Thanks to Networkhobo and the author for this post.
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Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

BS it does not work, godaddy does not allow that
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In reply to ds18s20
Thursday, Mar 9, 2017

Does this method no longer work? I moved away from GoDaddy in early 2015 so I have not tested in some time.

The support documents look to be roughly the same, but with updated formatting.

If you tested and the method is no longer viable please let me know and I will add a note to the post citing your test.


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Friday, Jun 2, 2017

As of today ( 6/2/2017 ) this works fine. The godaddy website errors when you attempt this, however, if you try again it reports the record already exists. Even though the error occurs, the correct changes are still made. I was able to test and it correctly resolved to my subdomain dns provider.

Thanks for posting this.

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In reply to Sterling
Friday, Jun 2, 2017

Thank you for confirming! I am glad it helped.
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Ahmed Kamal
Tuesday, Oct 17, 2017

Thanks folks, you are awesome! Just tried this now (Oct-2017) and it worked beautifully. Don’t worry when godaddy throws an error about the NS record, it still works in the end.
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Maurizio Tazzer
Wednesday, Mar 21, 2018

I have been trying to achieve exactly what your post says. I don’t want my website ( hosted in Godaddy) to be affected in any way but I need the subdomain not only to point towards my Wordpress hosted blog but to have it assigned to WP’s name servers to ns3 in order to install some plugins.

Your solution should seem to be the answer even if the people from Godaddy told me it’s impossible to do that without removing the NS for my main site. When I try to follow the example above I get the message “The specified CNAME already exists in the zone.”

Any ideas why this would happen?


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In reply to Maurizio Tazzer
Thursday, Mar 22, 2018


I wish I could help, but I migrated away from using GoDaddy a few years ago so I have no way to test. I hope that maybe someone on here will be able to help. I do hope you are able to get this working!


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Saturday, Oct 13, 2018

In the 2nd picture, shouldn’t the host be
Reply to Bob

Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

Does this method no longer work?
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In reply to Edson
Tuesday, Oct 29, 2019

I do not know. I have not used GoDaddy since 2015.
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