subdomain.mooo.com using hosting on a different server
Long story short: I want to setup a website(forum) for my World of Warcraft guild. I already have a hosting account at Hostgator. I'd like to use my HostGator hosting account, but not use my HostGator hosting account's primary (sub)domainname.
Basically, I want to setup deathwingguild.mooo.com at freedns.afraid.org but use the hosting on HostGator. From what I've read on the forums at freedns.afraid.org, I setup deathwingguild.mooo.com twice as NS records -- using my HostGator nameservers. Then, I setup deathwingguild.mooo.com on my HostGator CPanel as a parked/addon domain.
But when I try to add deathwingguild.mooo.com as a parked domain or an addon domain on my HostGator CPanel, I get
Sorry, cannot determine nameserver IPs. Please make sure that the domain is registered with a valid domain registrar.
I've contacted HostGator support, but they keep telling me that deathwingguild.mooo.com is not pointed to their servers. I've run checks at dnsstuff.com and dnsreport.com, and it seems that deathwingguild.mooo.com is pointed to HG servers. I've been going back and forth with HG support the last couple of days because they keep getting hung up on the fact that mooo.com is not pointing to their servers -- which is expected since I'm only trying to point deathwingguild.mooo.com to them.
Is what I'm trying to do "subdomain hosted on a different server" even possible? If so, what does HostGator support need to do next -- in technical terms that I can relay to HostGator support?
p.s. I'd rather not get another domainname for my guild which may or may not be around in 3-6 months -- which was the case with a previous guild. Part of why I'm investigating the freedns.afraid.org option -- if it is an option.
Hats off to the HostGator support staff -- especially HG support staff member RS! They finally setup things on their end. They were very patient with a noob like me.
Part of the problem, I think, is that I asked them to try to setup the subdomain too early; DNS had not fully propagated which led to the initial confusion. The other part was probably due to the fact that I might have been not specific/technical enough in what I wanted them to do.
Lesson learned: wait 24-48 hours before asking to have a delegated subdomain setup so that DNS can fully propagate.
Robust support for CNAME, A, AAAA, MX, NS, TXT, LOC, RP, HINFO, SRV records
Basically, I signed up for an account at freedns.afraid.org, clicked on the "Subdomains" link on the menu on the left, created 2 NS records to point to the HG nameservers (see screenshot img177.imageshack.us/img177/8636/nsfo8.gif ) ... wait 24-48 hours for DNS to propagate ... HG support then setup the subdomain since I am only on a shared account. Resellers would be able to perform this setup without HG support intervention.