Pointing your domain's DNS records properly connects your domain name to your hosting provider's servers to get your site live. This beginner's guide covers the key records to know.
What Are DNS Records and How Do They Work?
DNS records act as a directory, mapping domain names to the IP addresses of corresponding web servers. When a request is made to your domain, DNS records route it to the correct server hosting your site.
A records point your domain name to the specific IP address of the web server storing your website's files and content. This links your domain to your host.
NS (nameserver) records delegate control of your DNS records to your hosting provider's designated nameservers. This gives them the power to manage and make changes to your DNS.
CNAME records generate aliases for your root domain name. For example, you can use a CNAME to point "www.yourdomain.com" to "yourdomain.com" to make both versions work.
MX (mail exchange) records tell email servers which mail server should receive all emails sent to your domain's addresses. This ensures delivery to your inbox.
Verifying DNS Setup
After entering records in your registrar or host, double check they are all completely accurate. Any typos or errors can prevent your site from loading properly.
With your key DNS records pointing your domain to your web host, your website will connect as desired so visitors can access your content.