What are Domain
Your DNS or Domain
NameServers allows your web site to be displayed when someone uses
your domain name in a web browser.
Domain NameServers (DNS) are the Internet's
equivalent to a phone book. Domain NameServers (DNS) maintain a
directory of domain names that match certain IP addresses (computers).
The information from all the Domain NameServers (DNS) across the
Internet is gathered in a central registry.
This makes it possible for people across the
Internet to access your web site using a familiar domain name, instead
of having to remember a series of numbers
It usually takes about 4-8 hours for .com and .net
domains and about 24-48 hours for all other domain extensions before
Domain NameServers (DNS) on other networks are able to access the
information after the central registry gets it. This period is
referred to as the propagation period.
What is a zone
A zone is another name for a domain name or a
sub-domain in a Domain NameServer. Every domain and sub-domain has a
zone. These zone files contain records, in plain text, which hold the
information that links a domain or sub-domain name to an IP address.
Each zone file usually contains several different records.
The difference between zones and domains is
hierarchy. A domain can have a sub-domain contained within its
hierarchal structure. While that sub-domain also has a zone, it’s not
considered a sub-zone. There is no such thing as a sub-zone. All zones
are a separate entity. While zones can be linked, they do not have a
What is a zone
Zone records contain DNS information about a
domain or sub-domain and are contained within your zone file. The most
common records contained in a zone file are start of authority (SOA),
domain nameservers, mail exchanger, host and CNAME.
What is a Start of
Authority (SOA) record?
The SOA record is required for every zone file.
This record contains caching information, the zone administrator’s
email address and the master domain nameserver for the zone. The SOA
also contains a number that is incremented every time the zone file is
updated. When this number is changed, it triggers the Domain
NameServers (DNS) to reload the zone data.
What is an A
An A record, also called a host record, is the
record in your zone file that connects your domain name to your IP
address. This allows a user to type in your domain name and access
your Web files on the Internet. A records are the most common type of
What is a Canonical
Name (CNAME) record?
A CNAME is simply an alias for a host record.
CNAMEs allow you to have more than one DNS name for a host record.
CNAME records point back to the A record. So if
you change your IP address in your A record, all your CNAME records
will automatically follow the new IP of the A record. The alternative
solution is to have multiple A records, but then you would have
multiple places to change the IP address which increases the chances
of error. Using CNAMEs is just more efficient. The most common CNAMEs
are www and ftp.
What is a Mail Exchanger (MX) record?
The MX record provides the mail server information
for that zone. This allows email to be delivered to the correct
How do I modify the Domain NameServers (DNS) for a domain name?
If you bought your domain name through us, you can
modify your Domain NameServers (DNS) by logging in at the
registration home page.
To Modify Your Domain NameServers (DNS) in
the Account Manager:
Log at the
registration home page.
Under the Domain Names section, select Manage
Select the domain name you want to modify using
the check boxes.
Click Set NameServers.
On the right-side of the page, you can modify
your domain nameserver information.
Click Save Changes.
NOTE: Allow up to 48 hours for DNS propagation.
Propagation is the process in which the Domain NameServers (DNS)
information in our database is passed to the 13 international root
nameservers and then on to millions of ISP's, routers, and DNS cache
engines all of which will update their own DNS tables with the new
information whenever they choose to update. As you can see,
propagation is not controlled by any one company. Please wait about 48
ours for propagation.
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