The Top 3 Types Of DNS Records Crucial To Your Web Hosting Journey

Web Hosting Journey

Are you a first-time website owner? You might be suffering from some challenges in managing your website. One of this aspect is the DNS system management. Probably, you do not know what it is and how it operates.  For easier understanding, this system is the one that harnesses your communication with the computer. Here are the three most common DNS record that is essential in your website:

A Records

The first type is the A Records or Address records. It is the records that link your web host and its domain name. Also, it matches your domain name to its specific IP address in your host. When a visitor logs on to your site, the A record directs them to your domain name or subdomain. Say, for example, you own a site by the URL shoppingonline.com, and its IP address is 223.0.0.7, your site will have two A records directing to this IP address.

The first will direct to the domain name – without www apart. The second one will be for any subdomain associated with your domain. For instance, if you have a subdomain for products the next A record will be products.shoppingonline.com. However, you need to know that the A record resolves only to your IP addresses Meaning it only redirects to your IP address.

CNAME records

Apart from the A records, the next type of DNS record is the CNAME records. These records resolve for your domain names and the subdomains. The term CNAME is an acronym standing for Canonical Name Record. CNAME records direct your subdomains on varying domains. It is not a stand-alone record. As such, you cannot create a CNAME record on a bare domain like shoppingonline.com. Instead, you must include the www part.

For instance, you can only have a CNAME record going by www.shoppingonline.come and not shoppingonline.com. Hence, if you are running an online store, CNAME record is a perfect way of harnessing your sales and online marketing.  The CNAME record enables you to point your customers or audience to a website where they can access information about your offers or to a selling channel.

Mail Exchange records – MX

Do you send emails to your customers or business partners? Sending emails to clients and the supplier is a usual task in business. For it to be successful, you need the Mail Exchange records.  These records help you in achieving this goal through a redirect to text. Its role is directing your emails to a specific server for delivery to the destined email addresses. As you cannot redirect your emails to different places, you need MX records for each domain name. In a more straightforward language, you can only have one email provider for your website.