DNS / Technical Self Help

What is a CNAME?

A Canonical Name or CNAME record is a type of DNS record that maps an alias name to a true or canonical domain name. CNAME records are typically used to map a subdomain such as www or mail to the domain hosting that subdomain’s content. For example, a CNAME record can map the web address www.example.com to the actual web site for the domain example.com.

How do I setup a CNAME record?

Changing C Name records

To move your domain name onto other DNS servers, please do the following
1. Go to www.easily.co.uk
2. In the top right corner please click on the “My Account” button
3. Click  D “Administer My Domain Names”
4. You will be presented with a screen showing all your domain names
5. To the right of the domain you want to transfer click the D button “Administer DNS”
6. You will be presented with the DNS Management Page. Select “CNAME” from the drop down box
7. Click “Add DNS record”
8. A new window will open
9. Enter the new C Name record
10. Click “Update” to commit this change.

 

Please Note:
Please allow up to at least 24 hours for your change to be replicated around the internet.

What is an A record?

The A-record is the most basic and the most important DNS record type. They are used to translate human friendly names such as “excite.com” into IP-addresses (machine friendly numbers). A-records are DNS server’s equivalent of the hosts file – a simple domain name to IP-address mapping. When multiple A-Records are defined for the same name, DNS will use Round Robin to distribute these records.

How do I setup an A record?

Changing A Name Records

To move your domain name onto other DNS servers, please do the following

  1. Go to www.easily.co.uk
  2. In the top right corner please click on the “My Account” button. If you’ve misplaced your My Account login details, please see Forgotten login.
  3. Click D to “Administer My Domain Names”
  4. You will be presented with a screen showing all your domain names
  5. To the right of the domain you want to modify, click the D button to “Administer DNS”
  6. Click the EDIT button  next to the A record you wish to modify.
  7. Change the IP address to whatever you have been provided
  8. Click “Update” to commit this change.

 

Please note:

Please allow up to 24 hours for your change to be replicated around the internet.

What is a MX record?

An MX record or Mail exchanger record is a type of resource record in the DNS (Domain Name System) specifying how e-mail should be routed

How do I setup an MX record?

To modify the MX records for domain name, please do the following:

 

  1. Go to www.easily.co.uk
  2. In the top right corner please click on the “My Account” button. If you’ve misplaced your My Account login details, please see Forgotten login.
  3. Click “Administer My Domain Names”
  4. You will be presented with a screen showing all your domain names
  5. To the right of the domain you want to transfer click the button to “Administer DNS”
  1. Click the EDIT button (insert icon for edit button here) next to the MX record you wish to modify
  2. Enter in the mail server you have been provided with or created (e.g. mail.yourdomain.con)

Please Note: The priority setting simply sets the order in which MX records will be utilised. If the server at your first priority MX record is non-responsive, mail will be directed to your second priority and so on. The actual values you use for priority settings are not relevant, just the order (ie using 1,2 & 3 will have the same effect as using 10,100 & 1000).

  1. Click “Update” to commit your changes.

 

Please note:

Please allow up to 24 hours for your change to be replicated around the internet.

What is a Name Server?

A name server is a web server that has DNS software installed on it, particularly a server that is managed by a web host that is specifically designated for managing the domain names that are associated with all of the hosting provider’s accounts.

Name servers are often called DSN servers as well, and this is likely the origin of all of the confusion associated with name servers and the DNS.

Every web site has two name servers to which it is pointed, and this process must be done by the webmaster upon purchasing a domain and a hosting account.

How do I change my name servers?

Changing Nameservers

To move your domain name onto other DNS servers, please do the following
1. Go to www.easily.co.uk
2. In the top right corner please click on the “My Account” button

  1. Click D “Administer My Domain Names”
    4. You will be presented with a screen showing all your domain names
  2. To the right of the domain you want to transfer click the D button “Administer DNS”
    6. You will be presented with the DNS Management Page. Your required section is at the bottom of the page – “Name Server Records”
    7. Enter the hostnames of the nameservers you wish to move your domain name to in the spaces provided (please note that if you wish to use your own nameservers, you will need to ensure that these are registered with the relevant registry).
    8. Click “Process” to commit this change.Please Note:
    Please allow up to at least 24 hours for your change to be replicated around the internet.

Incoming and outgoing mail servers:

  • POP- mail.easily.co.uk
  • IMAP- mail.easily.co.uk
  • SMTP- smtp.easily.co.uk

What is an SPF record?

An SPF record is a type of Domain Name Service (DNS) record that identifies which mail servers are permitted to send email on behalf of your domain. The purpose of an SPF record is to prevent spammers from sending messages with forged from addresses at your domain.

How do I add an SPF record?

Before you can add an SPF record you will need to generate one, please find the documentation on the following link:

http://www.openspf.org/Introduction

Once you’ve generated your SPF record, please follow the instructions below:

  1. Go to www.easily.co.uk
    2. In the top right corner please click on the “My Account” button
    3. Click (D)  “Administer My Domain Names”
    4. You will be presented with a screen showing all your domain names
    5. To the right of the domain you want to transfer click the (D) button “Administer DNS”
    6. You will be presented with the DNS Management Page. Select “TXT” from the drop down box
    7. Click “Add DNS record”
    8. A new window will open
    9. Enter the SPF record
    10. Click “Update” to commit this change.

Please Note:
Please allow up to at least 24 hours for your change to be replicated around the internet.

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