DNS Records and the basics to get you started!
Nowadays more and more people are having a crack at building their own websites to save money which is great for those out there that are capable and have a little bit of technical knowledge. However a lot of people aren’t fully aware of the extra bits and pieces that need go hand in hand with building a website such as DNS records. We’re not just talking about the ‘do it yourself’ platforms out there like WIX, 1&1 and Squarespace but any custom WordPress build, Joomla build and so on. If you want a custom email address with your domain name such as firstname.lastname@example.org there is a whole new realm of technical stuff to work through. Where are the emails setup? Where is the website hosting at? Are they both in the same place as the domain? How on earth do I connect all these things together?
Connecting these 3 things can be taxing for someone who is just a little inexperienced in working with DNS, let alone someone who has no knowledge at all! We thought we’d write a blog post breaking down some of the setups that we tend to come across and what settings need changing and where.
It can get a whole lot more complicated than the following scenarios but we thought we’d start off simple rather than go over all the hurdles of having additional domains/subdomains, CNAME records etc! Hopefully this little mini guide to the basics will help you understand a bit more about how DNS Records work and what they do, and perhaps even help you get your own website, hosting and email accounts all working together.
(Please note that any DNS Records change can take from 24-48 hours propagation time. That being said they could be ready within an hour or straight away. This is why it can be tricky working with DNS or learning it in a trial and error fashion as you have to wait an hour or more to find out if what you have changed has worked or not!)