Your business web address, Domain or URL is how your audience finds you in the internet. It not only drives traffic to your website, but is also responsible for getting emails to your own email account (provided you have an email account with your business domain, which you should. Why, well credibility for one reason but that is another post).
At YWD we complete domain transfer and registration for our clients as needed, and we can do it for you too. We make sure your website and email are accessible with your business web and email address.
We have found that many of our clients have a very limited understanding of how a domain name works, this quite understandable since it is very complicated. If you are one of those people who ever wonder what a DNS (Domain Name System), CName (Canonical Name record), ARecord and IP adresse is, this post is for you.
A web site address usually looks like this “www.yourwebdepartment.com” or sometimes looks like this “yourwebdepartment.com” (this bit is the domain proper) and some times you see it like this “blog.yourwebdepartment.com”; this is a subdomain. I know it seems strange, but www.yourwebdepartment.com is actually a subdomain of yourwebdepartment.com.
A while back the people managing the internet started using “www” in front of the domain name to differentiate websites from domains for emails, and things like discussion boards and newsgroups. After that it kind of stuck with everyone.
Getting back on topic, the domain name is what gets registered on the internet. Once registered a record of ownership (though you need to pay yearly to maintain it) is stored in a server, or more specifically on a collection of redundant servers. This record then points to the Name Servers and these servers have the DNS for your domain. The DNS is the most useful part of this, it has the location of your website and email on the internet.
So far we have the domain registered in one set of servers and the DNS on another set of servers. Usually the Domain and DNS are with the same registration company, these companies are called registrars. YWD is a registrar so is Godaddy, Network Solutions and EasyDNS.
What you can manage with a DNS
ARecord, this is where the domain name or yourwebdepartment.com points to and IP address (a set of numbers that computers can locate each other), you can also point a subname to an IP address as well.
CName, this is where the subdomains are created and they can only point to a domain or another subdomain (for the subdomain option it can also be of different domain as well).
MX Records, here is where the email address is set, and unlike the the other two above, the MX Record can use and IP number or a subdomain for the email server address. To learn more about email read my post: “Help, how do I set up my email?”.
Are you now an Domain name expert?
At YWD we have been setting up Domains for years, much of this is second nature to us, taking on this service to help our clients is easy for us. So how did we do explaining it? Did this help? Do you have more questions? I would love to hear what you think.