Helpful Info About Domains
In order for a domain (i.e. www.yoursite.com) to work with your website, you have to configure the domain to point to our servers. We know that this can be intimidating, but don’t be scared. We’ve designed our software as a do-it-yourself product. Many of you want to handle your own domain set-up. Using the helpful information below, you can set-up and manage your own domains and avoid all set-up fees.
Do-it-yourself Domain Configuration
There are four domain-related terms you need to know:
- Domain Registrar
- This is an organization authorized to register domains. Popular registrars include: GoDaddy.com, NetworkSolutions.com, Register.com, and Verio.com. We do not endorse these organizations nor do we receive any compensation from them. We simply provide them for reference.
- DNS is an acronym for “Domain Name Service” and refers to all of the stuff involved in using a domain to direct traffic to a website or to email.
- DNS Host
- An organization that controls DNS for a domain. This can be the same as the Domain Registrar, but it doesn’t have to be.
- DNS Record
- The individual instructions contained within DNS that tell a domain what to do. Types of DNS records include Address Records (for websites) and MX Records (for email).
If you don’t have a domain registered yet
- Register your domain through a domain registrar. Choose a registrar and follow their instructions to register and pay for your domain.
- Use your domain registrar as your DNS host. Most registrars include DNS hosting as a part of their registration package.
- Set your domain’s DNS Address Record to Our Servers. The final step is to set the DNS Address record (or “a” record) for your domain to point to our servers. Use the DNS controls provided by your Domain Registrar/Host to set your domain’s A record to the following IP address: 188.8.131.52.
If you already have a domain that you want to transfer
If someone else set up your website for you originally, you may need to work with them to complete these steps. Remember that if you paid for your website, then you own the domain and have a right to request the information you need as well as to make whatever changes you need to your DNS.
- Who is your Domain Registrar and DNS host? You need to determine what organization registered your domain and who is hosting DNS for your domain.
- Option 1 – Make your domain registrar your DNS host. If DNS is hosted by someone besides your domain registrar, you could choose to have DNS hosting transferred back to your registrar.
- Option 2 – Leave your DNS hosting as is. If DNS is hosted by someone else and they are willing to work with you, you could choose to leave everything as is and proceed to step 2.
- Set your domain’s DNS Address Record to our Servers. Either use the DNS controls provided by your Domain Registrar/Host or employ the help of whoever is hosting your DNS, but in either case, the ultimate goal is to set your domain’s A record to the following IP address: 184.108.40.206.
Posted on Mon, May 23, 2011
by Support filed under