Mar 28, 2019
How DNS operates / basic record management
DNS stands for Domain Name Service. It is the system in which a domain name is converted into an IP address (in most cases). It all starts when you purchase a domain through a registrar, (Ex: godaddy.com).
As for the remainer of this article, we'll call your domain
The primary role of a name-server is to handle requests, it accepts
domain queries and returns a
‘record’. There are 2 most commonly used
‘records’, they are:
- (A) Record -- This determines that IP Address of a domain, as an (Ex: When you enter a domain into your browser (Ex: Internet Explorer), your computer contacts a name-server, in which that name-server replied with an IP address of the domain you are trying to reach. Then your browser connects to that IP address.)
- (MX) Record -- This determines which e-mail server handles e-mail
for this domain. (Ex: You are sending an e-mail to
which domain the user support is at. The e-mail client will connect
to your name-server and retrieve the 'MX' record, which is the Limestone
Networks e-mail server.)
Using Limestone's name-server(s)
Please visit How do I use Limestone's DNS service
Our Control Panel
This section details how to create the most common records in our control panel.
Creating an A Record in our Control Panel
In order for your domain to resolve to your web server you will need to create an Address (A) Record for your domain in our control panel.
Under the DNS Tab in our control panel click on your domain, then click Add a Record. You will be creating two records. One so mydomain.com will resolve to your web server and another for www.mydomain.com For the first record leave the Host field blank, the Type: is Address (A), and then in the Address/Text field put your web server's IP address. You can leave the TTL at its default. Now you will follow the same steps again except you will enter www in the Host field. Keep in mind the trailing . is already present after the field.
Using your own name-server(s)
In order to setup your own name-servers, such as:
You'll need to do the following:
Set your domain registrar's name-servers to your nameservers and allow enough time to propogate: