Name Server Settings
- How can I remove or disable domain forwarding?
You must update your settings to remove or disable domain forwarding. For example, you can change your settings to our domain parking feature or set name servers, and they will override domain forwarding.
- How do I set up email forwarding?
Every domain registered at Dynadot comes with free email forwarding as well as free domain parking, DNS settings, domain forwarding, ownership changes, and our free website builder! Email forwarding allows you to receive email to an address on your domain name, for example, email@example.com. The email is forwarded to an existing email such as your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or other email. To set up email forwarding for your domain, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Check the box next to your domain name(s) and then click on the "Name Servers" icon. Click on the "Email Forwarding" tab. Select the radio button next to the "Specify email aliases and forward them to already existing email addresses" option. Enter in the email address you want for your domain email in the "Username" column (you do not need to enter the full email address such as firstname.lastname@example.org, only the "email" part should be entered from this example). Enter an existing email address that you want your email forwarded to in the "Existing Email Address" column. Click on the "Save Email Settings" button to save your changes. You can specify up to 10 different email addresses to have forwarded. If you want to have catch all email forwarding, enter a * as the email username. There are also some additional limits to our email forwarding. Want to get email for your domain without any limits that doesn't have to be forwarded? Check out our Email Hosting or Website Builder Business Plan.
- How do I forward to an IDN or URL with non-Latin characters?
If you want to forward or stealth forward your domain to an Internationalized Domain Name (IDN) or a URL with non-Latin characters (beyond the domain name), the set up is slightly different. International Domains & Extensions If you want to forward your domain to a IDN or a domain name registered on an international domain extension, you need to use punycode to specify the link. Punycode is the ASCII representation of an international domain name or domain extension. The punycode of your domain is listed underneath the domain name when you sign in to your Dynadot account under "Manage" in the "Domains" drop-down. For example, if your domain is www.SanJosé.com, you would need to enter the following in our "Webpage to Forward to" section: http://www.xn--sanjos-gva.com. International Characters in URL If you want to forward to a domain name that uses ASCII characters, but the full link you want to forward to has non-ASCII characters in it, you do not need to use punycode. Instead, you will need to set your browser to the correct character encoding* and then copy the link directly from your browser. You can use any character encoding you want, including Chinese Big-5, Japanese Shift-Jis, or Russian. When entering your URL, make sure your browser is displaying the page in the encoding you want to use otherwise the web browser will send us your URL in the wrong format. For example, if you want to forward your domain to http://www.mydomain.com/?keyword=José, you would need to set your browser encoding to ISO Latin 1 and then copy the full link into the "Webpage to Forward to" section. *To set your browser's character encoding for Chrome, Firefox, and Safari, go to "View" in the browser's menu bar at the top. Then click on "Encoding" for Chrome or "Text Encoding" for Firefox and Safari. You will see a list of different character encoding options to choose from. IDN + International URL Characters If you're looking at a combo domain where the domain name and/or extension is non-ASCII and there are non-ASCII characters after the domain name, you will need to use a combination of the instructions above. Basically, you will need to enter the domain name using punycode. Then, you will need to copy the rest of the link from your browser with it set to the correct character encoding. For example, if your domain is www.SanJosé.com/?keyword=José, then you would need to enter http://www.xn--sanjos-gva.com/?keyword=José into the "Webpage to Forward to" section having copied the "/?keyword=José" part of the link from your browser with its encoding set to ISO Latin 1.
- How do I set up MX records to have my domain email delivered to my email host?
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. The following instructions will only work if you are using our name servers. If you are using someone else's name servers, you will need to set up your MX records on those name servers. Also, if you are using our DNS, you will need to set up your MX records using DNS instead. To set up your domain's MX records, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Check the box next to the domain name(s). Click on the "Name Servers" icon. Click on the "Email Forwarding" tab. Select the radio button next to the "Deliver email to another mail host (MX record)" option. Enter up to 5 mail hosts from your email provider. The distance specifies the priority of the mail hosts. 0 is the highest priority, and email will be delivered to that email host first. If you do not know what to enter here, just enter 0. Click on the "Save Email Settings" button to save your changes.
- How can I remove or disable my DNS records?
You must update your settings to remove or disable your DNS records. For example, you can change your settings to our domain parking feature or use name servers and they will override your DNS records. Once your domain is using a new setting, you can go back to the DNS tab and press the "Clear Settings" button at the bottom of the page.
- How do I register my own name servers (glue records)?
To create your own name servers for a domain registered at Dynadot, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Name Servers" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Click on the blue "Register a domain name server" link. Enter the host name (ns1.mydomain.com, for example) in the text box labeled "Host Name". Enter the IP address for the name server in the text box labeled "IP Address". Click on the "Submit" button to save your changes. You can submit either an IPv4 or IPv6 IP address (except .WS domains do not support IPv6 addresses). You can also set multiple IP addresses. Also, please remember to configure your name servers with the corresponding A records. Glue records associate a hostname with an IP address. They are needed when you want to set your domain's name servers to a hostname that is a subdomain of your domain.
- Can I set up email forwarding if I am using stealth forwarding?
Yes! Stealth forwarding is completely separate from our email forwarding; the two do not have any affect on each other. For this reason, setting up your 10 free email aliases is no different whether you're using our name servers, forwarding your domain, or stealth forwarding your domain. Our email forwarding allows you to set up to 10 email addresses on your domain name, for example, email@example.com. You can then have any email sent to your domain email addresses forwarded to an existing email address such as your Gmail, Yahoo, Hotmail, or other email. Since the email is being forwarded, you cannot respond using your domain email. Unfortunately, it's not quite as "stealth" as your website using stealth forwarding. Learn how to set up email forwarding Want to get email for your domain without having to forward it? Check out our Email Hosting or Website Builder Business Plan.
- How do I set up my domain with Shopify?
If you want to set up your domain with Shopify, please follow the following instructions: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Go to "Manage" in the "Domains" drop down. Check off the domain you want to use with Shopify and click on "Name Servers." Go to the "DNS" tab. Under the "Domain Record" section, select "A" as the Record Type and enter Shopify's IP address, 184.108.40.206, in the IP Address or Target Host section. Now you'll need to add a subdomain under the "Subdomain Records" section. Enter the prefix for your subdomain (i.e. www, shop, etc), then select "CNAME" as your Record Type and enter the Shopify URL you want to associate the subdomain with (i.e. yourstorename.myshopify.com) in the IP Address or Target Host section. Click "Save DNS" at the bottom of the page. Please be aware it may take time for these changes to propagate. Claim your domain at Shopify.
- How do I set up DNSSEC?
To use the Domain Name System Security Extensions (DNSSEC), please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Set your name servers. After setting your name servers, select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Under the domain name column, click on your domain name (which should be a link). This should load the "Edit [yourdomainname]" page. Find the "Domain DNSSEC" section. To add new DNSSEC record, look at Option 1. Enter your DNSSEC values in the provided text boxes, and then click the "Set DNSSEC Record" button to save your changes. If you have already entered the DNSSEC record for another domain and would like to re-use them, look at Option 2. Choose the DNSSEC record from the drop down menus (you can choose up to 3 different DNSSEC records), and then click the "Set DNSSEC Records" button to save your changes. NOTE: Dynadot's name servers for service such as domain forwarding, parking, DNS, and Email Hosting are NOT configured for DNSSEC. You can configure DNSSEC for our VPS Hosting.
- How do I set my domain to use your free web hosting service?
Dynadot offers free web hosting through our Website Builder. We offer up to five free web pages, six templates, and easy-to-use, fully customizable tools. Our Website Builder is also mobile friendly with no extra effort on your part! To set your domain to our free Website Builder, please follow these steps: Log into your Dynadot account. Click on the "Website Builder" tab on the main menu. If you haven't already created a website with our Website Builder, click on "Create Website." You'll need to choose your template and select the free web hosting option (or upgrade to get access to even more tools). Your site has now been created and you'll see it listed under the "Website Builder" tab. Click on the "edit" link next to the Website Builder you want to use with your domain. Click on the "Settings" icon on the left-hand tool bar. Click on the "Domain" tab. Enter your domain name under the "Connect a domain you own" section. Please note that you can only connect a domain in your Dynadot account to your Website Builder. You can transfer your domain to your Dynadot account from another registrar or use a change ownership request if you have it in another Dynadot account. Click on the "Apply" button to save your changes. Please be aware that it might take some time for your changes to propagate. Please note that you can also use our Website Builder without owning a domain. We offer you the ability to create a free custom subdomain such as YourSubdomain.dynadot.com. We also offer a free domain with each Website Builder upgrade.