DNS Records Management
Domain Name Service Records, or simply DNS Records, as most commonly referred to in the IT space, are critical to website operation and email services as domain name records contain all of the information required for a website address to function properly on the Internet. These same records also control how your email address works and most importantly, how best to avoid spam filters and have reliable deliverability of email.
DNS records which are not configured and/or set up properly can lead to inoperable website services and/or intermittent delivery of email. Your DNS service provider should provide settings which include the behind the scenes configuration for A, MX, NS, TXT, SPF and CNAME records, any of which, when misconfigured, can cause all kinds of problems with resolution of your domain name, the foundation of your presence on the web.
- A = used to find the IP address of a computer connected to the internet. The A in A record stands for Address. A Records are the simplest type of DNS records.
- MX = A mail exchanger record specifies the mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a domain name.
- NS = NS stands for ‘name server’ and this record indicates which DNS server is authoritative for that domain. A domain will often have at least two or more NS records which indicate primary and backup name servers for that domain.
- TXT = Used to provide a simple string of characters which make up the ‘text record’ with a host about a server, network, data center, or other accounting information.
- SPF = Sender Policy Framework records are used to prevent spammers from trying to replicate mail coming from your domain name. Recipient servers can use the SPF record published in the DNS to determine whether an email has come from an authorized server.
- CNAME = The Canonical Name record points a name to another name instead of to an numerical IP address. The CNAME source represents an alias for a record. A CNAME record can point a name to another CNAME or to an A record.
For someone who is only moderately experienced with DNS records, they could be quite confusing to administer and involve a great deal of knowledge and understanding of the domain name system and IP addresses. Our domain name experts can assist you in registering a domain name and are highly experienced with domain names and DNS records to help you manage your domain names and ensure proper configuration and oversight.