Updating Your DNS Records Follow

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Overview

Domain Name System or DNS converts a domain name like www.vistaprint.com into a numerical label called an Internet Protocol address or (IP) (example: 23.207.194.168). This numerical label allows computers to locate a web page’s address.

When you type a domain name into a browser and hit enter, you are performing a DNS query that wants to know, “what is the IP address for this domain?” To find the IP address, you need to lookup the DNS Records for that domain.

DNS records are mapping files that tell the DNS server which IP address each domain is associated with, and how to handle requests sent to each domain.

Records I Can Manage with My Domain

MX Mail Exchanger Record A type of resource record in the Domain Name System that specifies a mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a recipient's domain, and a preference value used to prioritize mail delivery if multiple mail servers are available. The set of MX records of a domain name specifies how email should be routed with the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP).

Example Host: domain.tld

Address: sitemail.everyone.net

Type: MX

Priority: 0

CNAME Canonical Name Record A type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) used to specify that a domain name is an alias for another domain (the 'canonical' domain).

Example Host: domain.tld

Address: customdomains.freewebs.com

Type: CNAME

Priority: 0

Example Host: webmail.domain.tld

Address: siteurl.everyone.net

Type: CNAME

Priority: 0

A Address Record Returns a 32-bit IPv4 address, most commonly used to map hostnames to an IP address of the host, but it is also used for DNSBLs, storing subnet masks in RFC 1101, etc.

Example Host: domain.tld

Address: 104.16.89.230

Type: A

Priority: 0

TXT Text Record A type of resource record in the Domain Name System used to provide the ability to associate some arbitrary and unformatted text with a host or other name, such as human readable information about a server, network, data center, and other accounting information

Example Host: domain.tld

Address: Verify_Owner as John Doe

Type: TXT

Priority: 0

Updating My Records Request

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Click Domains on the sidebar of your digital dashboard, then click DNS. Choose which type of record you wish to update then fill in the appropriate "name" and "content" fields. For example:

A

  • Name: testarecord.mydomain.com
  • Content: 192.168.0.0

CNAME

  • Name: testcname.mydomain.com
  • Content: thisothersite.com

MX

  • Name: mail.mydomain.com
  • Content: thatmailserver.google.com

TXT:

  • Name: mydomain.com
  • Content: spf=vF1 abcdefg1234

Enter comments if you have additional remarks that can clarify the request.

For a look at commonly used records for different products, click here.