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Understanding DNS Zones

Henry Blake
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Henry Blake

The function of your name servers is to locate the server and the correct DNS zone in order to get the following information:

  • A Record - points your domain or subdomain to an IP address (e.g. -> IP address)
  • CNAME Record - points your domain or sudomain to another domain name (e.g. ->
  • MX Records - control where your emails are received. If you want your mail hosted on another server, this is what you will need to change (e.g. -> server.ext).
  • NS Records - must match the name servers you are using