Setting up free third-party DNS Hosting for domain verification

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      • Difficulty: Easy
      • Time Needed: 10
      • Tools Required: Third-party DNS host account


The following article provides information on to set up free third-party DNS hosting. This will generally apply to customers that are attempting to add a domain to a Media Temple server, and require a third-party DNS host to verify domain ownership via TXT record. If you'd like more information on those topics, feel free to review our additional articles below:


Please keep in mind that troubleshooting the configuration/functionality of third-party applications is not covered by our statement of support. These resources were provided as a courtesy to assist you to the extent of our abilities. For more information on our statement of support, feel free to click here.

Before Starting

You will want to decide on a third-party DNS host. In this article, we will be using Cloudflare on a free account. You can also consider other free options such as:

You will also want to make sure you have access to your domain's registrar account (the place where you registered your domain name) as you may need to edit your domain's nameservers during this process.


  1. Navigate to
  2. Log into your Cloudflare account. If you don't have an account yet, click on Sign Up and create an account for Cloudflare.


  3. Click on +Add site.

  4. Enter the name of your domain. Then click Add site.

    In this example we are using "" Be sure to replace this with your actual domain name.

  5. A message should appear informing you that CloudFlare is querying your DNS. Click Next to continue.

  6. Select the Free plan. Then click Confirm Plan.


  7. A message will ask you to confirm once more the Free plan was selected. Then click Confirm.


  8. In our case, we needed to verify a domain at Media Temple, so we changed the type to TXT, inputted our root domain which is signified by "@", then pointed it to our Record Value (mt-33135991). Then click Add Record.


    Some DNS from our old host was automatically copied for us by Cloudflare. However, there is no need to worry if you don't have any records from the start, or if your records look different from our example.
  9. Your new record should now appear in the list of DNS. You may have noticed that the @ has changed to our domain name. This is normal and desired behavior. Click Continue.


  10. Cloudflare may prompt a message to change your nameservers. To do this you will copy the nameservers provided, and use them to replace your old nameservers.

  11. If you are unsure how to change your nameserver, Cloudflare provides additional instructions for some of the popular domain registrars. Once you have the nameserver information you require, you can click Continue even if you haven't changed the nameservers yet.


    If you still require assistance in changing your nameservers, then you may want to contact your domain registrar directly for assistance.

  12. Once you've changed your nameserver at your registrar, the change can take some time to propagate (up to 24-48 hours). However, you can periodically click Re-check now and Cloudflare will rescan the nameservers.

  13. Once the nameservers propagate, you should see a confirmation message.

  14. That's it! Your domain's DNS should now be hosted for free at a third-party host.
  15. If you are using this guide to verify a domain at Media Temple, you can now go to the verification page and click Verify:

    (Feel free to ignore this step if this does not apply to you)


    If you require further assistance on Cloudflare or changing nameservers at a third-party registrar, you may want to contact Cloudflare Support or your the support of your third-party registrar directly.

  16. Lastly, some customers may be using CloudFlare as a temporarily solution to verify their domain, but wish to use their Media Temple account to manage DNS in the longterm. If this applies to you, after verifying your domain, return to your registrar and set the nameservers to the following: