DNS Setup

Connecting Domain and DNS

Steps to connect your website(www.yourbrand…), email(you@yourbrand…) and other services.

How does DNS work?

When someone visits your website, sends email or uses another service connected to your domain there is a lookup. This lookup tells your device where the appropriate website, email…. service is located. Such as visiting a website you can then view the contents from the server(cloud) this site is hosted on. Same for email, when sent there is a lookup to find the appropriate server(cloud) hosting email, which then receives your email.

Lookups are done very quickly in milliseconds if everything is running smooth, this is why it’s important to have quick and reliable DNS services connected with your domain. Provides a quick lookup for services and allowing for a smoother Xperience for the end-user.

Proceeding through DNS Steps

Within your domain registrar there are options for Name Servers.

  • – Here you want to set the name servers appropriately.
  • – Keeping in mind to only change name servers only when ready.
  • – Name Servers contain all records, determine what is needed prior to make this change.
  • – You may want to update DNS records prior to switching for a seamless change-over.

First make sure domain is added to your DNS Service.

  • Sign-in to your Dashboard and select Anycast DNS.
  • Proceed to records and edit according to the service being connected.
  • Default records are already in place for LoneSync Services, if using alternative services these records can be updated or removed at anytime.
  • – Make sure to keep only records required for your services, this helps with verification and troubleshooting.
  • Records for other services are provided by that service, enter all required and verify.
  • – If transitioning name servers but keeping some or all existing web, email…etc. services – then update all records here prior to making name server changes.

Once all records have been added and verified, changing name servers will transition with no downtime. Keep prior DNS servers active for approx. 48-hours after the change. This assures all external DNS servers have updated their records and are now using your new name servers.

Enter these four name servers when using LoneSync DNS

  • – ns 1.lonesync.com
  • – ns2.lonesync.com
  • – ns3.lonesync.com
  • – ns4.lonesync.com

DNS Record Types

Different types of Records point to different services, such as MX(Mail Exchanger) points to mail server.

Here is a list of available records on LoneSync DNS.

A record – points your domain to the IPv4 of your website, app and or other service.

AAAA record – points your domain to the IPv6 of your website, app and or other service.

ALIAS record – points your domain to the hostname of a website, app or other service. Similar to CNAME however can be used for root (yourbrand….) vs only on (www.yourbrand….) and resolves to the underlying IP vs hostname. Very useful for IP’s that can change when a service is moved, IP will update automatically.

CNAME record – points your domain to the hostname of your website, app and or other service. Here instead of pointing directly to the IP, this points to a hostname which then resolves to an IP location. Benefit here is that if the IP changes this record follows that change with no intervention required.

CAA record – Certificate Authority Authorization restricts Certificate registration for added protection.

DS record – Delegation Signer secures DNSSEC Delegations.

MX record – points your domain to the Mail Server for receiving email, also called the Mail Exchanger record.

TXT record – is used for a number of domain verification methods, such as SPF, DMARC and DKIM.

NS record – points the domain to DNS servers used and therefore resolving all record types for your domain.

RP record – shows the administrators mailbox for a particular hostname.

SOA record – points to the Start of Authority for your Domain. Contains a name server along with global parameters of the domain setup.

SRV record – points to servers for various services relating to apps such as chat, online meeting and so on.

TLSA record – points to the Associated TLS(Transport Layer of Security) Certificates of a Domain.

NAPTR record – maps servers and addresses in SIP based telephony setups.

PTR record – points to the reverse hostname of the IP, typically used for reverse lookup on mail servers.

WR record – Web Redirect points to another website, such as redirecting from one area to another.

Should you have any questions or require Insight in setting up, feel free to reach out anytime.

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