What is DNS A record?

The A Record points your hostname to an IP address. This is one of the most frequently used records in the DNS Zones and it is an essential part of your DNS configuration. The record A specifies IP address (IPv4) for given host. In other words, it resolves a domain name (or points the domain name) to the correct location by means of the IP address.

The DNS A record has the following look in your ClouDNS Control Panel:

Host Type Points to: TTL
hostname.com A ip.of.your.website 1 Hour

Why do you need an A record?

Let say you have a web site. That site is hosted on a web server with the corresponding IP address for it. You also have purchased a domain name for your site. Now you need to link them. And here is where the A record comes. It simply maps your domain to your server's IP address.

How to create a DNS A record?

Log in your ClouDNS account, enter your DNS zone management page, and click on the Add new record button. For Type choose A and type as follow:

Type: A
TTL: 1 Hour
Host:
Points to: ip.of.your.website

How to add an A record - Step by Step video:

A Record vs CNAME Record

The A records and the CNAME records are the two most commonly used records and sometimes you can easily get confused when to use A and when CNAME. With A record, the hostname is resolved to the corresponding IP address. On the other hand, CNAME records (for canonical name) map your hostname to another hostname. This is useful for pointing many hosts to the same place and updating them easily. An example of this can be seen below:

Host Type Points to: TTL
panel.cloudns.net A 185.107.80.223 1 Hour
www.panel.cloudns.net CNAME panel.cloudns.net 1 Hour

How to start managing A records for your domain name?

  1. Open free account from here - free forever
  2. Verify your e-mail address
  3. Log into your control panel
  4. Create new Master DNS from the [add new] button - read more here
  5. Add the A records you need as it is described in this article

Support of A records

ClouDNS provides full support for A records for all our DNS services, including the listed below. Just write to our technical support, if you need any assistance with your A records configuration. Our Technical Support team is online for you 24/7 via live chat and tickets.


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