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How to Change Your VPS Hostname
How to Change Your VPS Hostname

Checking your VPS hostname and changing it at Hostinger

Updated over a week ago

What Is a VPS Hostname?

A hostname is the name of your device on a network. For example, you will see it as the name of the server that sends emails. As for VPS, shortly, it’s how you call your server.

Your VPS hostname will be displayed in the VPS section of hPanel. A good hostname will help you easily identify the server that you want to manage:

The VPS section in the Members Area at Hostinger

We recommend specifying your hostname as a domain or subdomain, for example, myserver.domain.tld, where domain.tld is the domain (or one of the domains) hosted on this server.

The domain name you set as a hostname should be managed from your side. It means you should have full control over this domain name, including the possibility to edit its DNS zone 💡

What Is the Difference Between a Hostname and a Domain Name?

The hostname can be anything, like a subdomain or a simple string like MyServer. The main difference is whether a hostname can be reached on the internet or not.

For example, a hostname like MyServer can only be found on your own network, while an internet hostname like myserver.domain.tld can be accessed through the internet as well.

If you plan to run an email server, it's important the hostname is a domain name you have full control of and is pointed to your VPS IP addresses.

You should also set a PTR record for it 💡

How to Change the VPS Hostname

In the VPS section, click on the server in question and open its Settings tab:

The VPS settings at Hostinger

Then, scroll down to the section Change Hostname, enter the new hostname, and click on Save:

The option Change Hostname at Hostinger

Usually, the changes are instant, but sometimes may take up to 10 minutes:

Changing the VPS hostname at Hostinger
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