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DNS

  • What is DNS?

    DNS stands for Domain Name System (The "S" in DNS can also stand for Service or Server). It specifies how domain names are translated into IP addresses. Since the Internet is based on IP addresses, each time you use a domain name, a DNS server must translate the name into the correct IP address. A DNS server is a computer which takes in a domain name and returns the correct IP address for the domain. This IP address represents the domain's actual location on the Internet.

  • What is Dynadot DNS?

    Dynadot DNS is a domain name server setting in which you use our name server software to resolve the IP address for your domain. In this case, however, you are the person setting the IP address for your domain and your mail servers for your domain. Therefore, the IP address you enter will need to be the IP address of a web server that will respond to web requests for your domain. We can map both "mydomain.com" and "www.mydomain.com" to an IP address that you specify. If you have a web server at this IP address, you can now host a website. If you have an email server at this IP address, you can now receive email. You can also specify up to 5 MX records if you want your email to go to a different location than web requests. Alternatively, you can set up to 10 email aliases (including catch-all email forwarding) to forward your domain's email to an existing email address. We also allow you to specify up to 50 subdomains using A records and CNAME records. For example, you can set the IP address or target host for "ftp.mydomain.com". Wildcards are allowed for A records. You can also specify 5 TXT records with our DNS setting. Learn how to set up DNS for your domain

  • How do I create an A record to point my domain to an IP address?

    To create an A record, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS Settings page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. In the "Domain Record (required)" section, select "A" from the drop-down menu and then enter your IP address in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. In the "Subdomain Records (optional)" section, enter "www" as the subdomain, select "A" from the drop-down menu and then enter your IP address in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Press the "Save DNS" button to save your changes. Please be aware it might take some time for your settings to propagate. Wix Hosting, Weebly

  • How do I set up my MX records so I can use my domain email if I'm using DNS?

    MX records are mail exchange records that specify the mail server responsible for accepting email messages for your domain. If you want to set up your email for your domain, you will need to set up MX records within your Dynadot account. If you are using our DNS, you will also need to set up your MX records using our DNS. To do so, please follow the instructions below: Log into your Dynadot account. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. Under the "Domain Record" section, select "MX" from the “Record Type” drop-down. Enter your MX record in the “Host” box, and the record’s priority in the “Distance” box. Press the ”Save DNS” button save your changes . If you are using our Email Hosting, please follow these two additional steps before saving your DNS: Under the "Domain Record" section, select "TXT" from the “Record Type” drop-down. Enter "v=spf1 mx include:webhost-mail-out.dynadot.com include:spf.webhost.dynadot.com ~all" in the "IP Address or Target Host" section. NOTE: The SPF record will help prevent spoofing and let email servers know your message is not spam. Learn how to set up MX records if you aren't using our DNS

  • How do I enter a TXT record for my domain?

    To enter a TXT record for your domain, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and then "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS Settings page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. Under the "Domain Record (required)" section, select "TXT" from the drop-down. Specify your TXT record in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Press the "Save DNS" button save your changes. NOTE: The TXT record cannot be set by itself; you must enter a root domain record type (A/AAAA/CNAME/Forwarding) if you want to use a TXT record. You will not be able to set a TXT record without an additional record type.

  • How can I point my domain to Squarespace?

    To point your domain to Squarespace, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS Settings page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. You will need to create two CNAME records. Scroll down to the "Subdomain Records (optional)" section and select “CNAME” from the drop-down menu. Enter your unique Squarespace code (the unique code that appears directly below the Host column in your Squarespace account) in the ‘Subdomain’ field. In the ‘IP Address or Target Host’ field, enter verify.squarespace.com. Remain in the "Subdomain Records (optional)" section and enter "www" as the next subdomain. Select "CNAME" from the drop-down and then enter ext-cust.squarespace.com in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Do not enter your actual domain name. Next you will enter the ‘A’ records. Scroll up to the "Domain Record (required)" section and select “A’ as your record type. Enter 198.185.159.144 in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Repeat this for the other three Squarespace IP addresses - 198.185.159.145, 198.49.23.144, and 198.49.23.145 Click on the "Save DNS" button to save your changes. Your settings should look similar to what is shown below: (click to enlarge) Squarespace Set-up Example See Squarespace's directions on domain mapping with Dynadot for reference.

  • How do I add a Sender Policy Framework (SPF) to my domain?

    You can enter SPF records using the TXT record type in the DNS settings in your Dynadot account. To set an SPF record, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. Under the "Domain Record (required)" section, select "TXT" from the drop-down menu. Enter the information for your SPF record in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Press the "Save DNS" to save your changes. NOTE: TXT records cannot be set by themselves; you must enter a domain record type (A, AAAA, CNAME, or Forwarding) if you want to use a TXT record. Setting SPF records can help prevent spammers from sending messages with forged from addresses at your domain.

  • How do I set up DNS for my domain?

    To set up DNS for your domain, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS Settings page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. Choose the "Record Type" you want to use from the drop-down menu, then enter in the IP Address or Target Host of your web server in the first text box (NOTE: You must enter BOTH a record for the root domain, which is the "Domain Record (required)" section and a 'www' subdomain record). If you have an Email Server or MX Record available for your domain email, enter in the hostname and the distance (otherwise known as priority) in the subsequent text boxes. You can also specify subdomain A records, CNAME records, SRV records, and TXT records. Press the "Save DNS" button to save your changes. Please be aware that it might take some time for your name server changes to propagate.

  • How do I set up a custom domain with Tumblr?

    To set up a custom domain with Tumblr, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS page, select "Dynadot DNS" from the top drop-down. In the "Domain Record (required)" field, select "A" from the drop-down menu and then enter IP address 66.6.44.4 in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. In the "Subdomain Records (optional)" section, enter "www" as the subdomain, select "CNAME" from the drop-down menu and then enter domains.tumblr.com in the "IP Address or Target Host" box. Press the "Save DNS" button to save your changes.

  • How do I set up my domain to work with Google AdSense?

    To set up your domain to work with Google AdSense, please follow these steps: Log into your Google AdSense account to get your publisher number. It will look like pub-###.afd.ghs.google.com. Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "My Domains" from the left-side menu bar and click "Manage Domains" in the drop-down. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and click on the "Bulk Action" button. Choose "DNS Settings" from the "Bulk Action" list. On the DNS page, select the "Dynadot DNS" setting from the top drop-down menu. Under the "Domain Record (required)" field, select "A" as the type and enter the IP address from the AdSense set-up guide as the "Target Host". You do not need to enter four records as indicated in their guide. Under the "Subdomain Record (optional)" field, enter "www" as the subdomain, select "CNAME" as the record type, and enter your publisher number as the "Target Host". Click on the "Save DNS" button to save your changes. Please be aware that it might take some time for your changes to propagate.

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