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What types of DNS records are available within VIPControl?
Posted Tuesday April 15th 2014 / Category DNS

With every domain name registration, VentraIP offers Free DNS hosting. This will allow you manage A, MX, CNAME, TXT, NS and SRV records of the domain name zone without the need for a hosting account or a third party DNS provider. This is especially helpful if you wish to use us for your external DNS hosting or simply want a few records to point to different locations (such as a mail only domain name).

Enabling Free DNS Hosting on your domain name

To enable your Free DNS Hosting, please follow these easy steps:

  1. Login to your VIPControl account.
  2. Click theManage my Domains on your VIPControl dashboard.
  3. Select the domain name you’re configuring for Free DNS Hosting.
  4. Using the drop down menu, click Manage DNS.
  5. Change the domain service to the Free DNS Hosting option by clicking it’s button.
  6. Confirm you understand that your name servers will be changed by clicking OK.

Please note: Completing the steps above will change the name servers on your domain. If you have hosting elsewhere (or with us) on that domain name, we highly recommend you use your hosting account to manage your DNS zone and do not change to the VIPControl free DNS hosting option unless you are familiar with what you’re doing.

Adding various DNS records to your DNS zone

  1. Login to your VIPControl account.
  2. Click the Manage my Domains button on your VIPControl dashboard.
  3. Select the domain name you’re configuring for Free DNS Hosting.
  4. Using the drop down menu, click Manage DNS.
  5. Click the Add Record button.
  6. Select the record type you wish to add, then enter the records as required.

Remember when setting up a record for yourdomain.com, to also configure www.yourdomain.com.

Within that same area of VIPControl, you may also use our one click “Add Google Apps MX” option to automatically add the required GoogleApps records to your Free DNS Hosting zone file. Please note that using this option will remove any pre-existing MX records within your zone file, and that you should have your GoogleApps account pre-configured to accept your email.

Important Notes – MUST READ
If you already have cPanel hosting for your domain name you can also edit your DNS zone inside of cPanel without needing to change to the Free DNS Hosting option in VIPControl.
Changing over to the VIPControl Free DNS hosting system will cause your website to go offline (unless you create the A record on the VIPControl Free DNS hosting to point to your hosting account). In this case, we strongly recommend using cPanel for managing your DNS zone, as this will automatically update the zone when you create, modify or add subdomains, or if your account is migrated to another server.

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