DNS and how to host your domain name

Important note. Eco Web Hosting are constantly updating services to ensure the best performance possible. Please see this article on up to date information on how to use a domain name with Eco Web Hosting.

In a nutshell DNS tells your computer where to look for a website, where the emails are sent and received and where services associated to your domain name are held. DNS is served by whoever provides the nameservers. There are always at least two set of nameservers. If you purchased your domain name through Eco Web Hosting then the nameservers are automatically assigned. Eco Web Hosting has two sets of nameservers which can be used. These are:

nameserversns.mainnameserver.com
ns2.mainnameserver.com

and:

ns1.ecowebhosting.co.uk
ns2.ecowebhosting.co.uk

It doesn’t matter which sets of nameservers you use, they’ll do the same job. The only real difference with the Eco Web Hosting nameservers is how they appear when a whois lookup is performed. One set is generic while the other set has the Eco Web Hosting branding on them.

If you have a domain name with another provider such as GoDaddy, 1 and 1 Internet or 123-REG and want to use Eco Web Hosting to host your website, you just create a web hosting package for the domain name and simply ask the registrar (the people who you pay to renew the domain) to change the nameservers to Eco Web Hosting’s. And that’s it really! All the other records will be populated by Eco Web Hosting automatically and after a few hours the website will be up online

A Records / Not able to change nameservers?

There are times when you don’t want to change the nameservers or cannot change the nameservers of your domain and you will be asked to create an A Record or CNAME to a set of IP addresses. As Eco Web Hosting websites can be hosted on a  number of web servers, there isn’t a standard IP address to provide to customers. You have you find out the IP address if the server your site is hosted on. This information is on the email regarding a hosting package setup but if you need to find this out again, you can by getting visiting the temp URL on a domain. First you access the hosting control panel via https://www.ecowebhosting.co.uk/cp/listdomains and select the domain name.

accountinfoIn the hosting control panel under the account info box, just select ‘Go’ and you are then taken to the temp URL for the web space.tempurl

 

In this case the server address is 79.170.40.170 which will be the numbers you provide to your domain provider if you are asked to provide them the IP address of the web server your web site is hosting.

The EWH Domain Panel

Eco Web Hosting’s domain control panel is accessed via https://www.ecowebhosting.co.uk/cp/managedomains where you select the domain name and there will be the option for DNS Management. The below image shows some typical settings of a domain held with EWH.

arecords

A sub domain is a prefix to a domain so if this domain name was abc.com and www was the sub domain then www.abc.com would go to 79.170.44.135. Whoever provides the emails is determined by the MX Records which stands for Mail Exchange.

mxrecords

In the case of the above image, mail.maycottachalet.co.uk will be providing the emails.

Propagation

When making any type of DNS changes whether it be nameserver changes or an A Record change, these need to propagate across the internet. This is when every computer around the world knows about the changes to your domain name. It’s a little like a ripple affect so takes a few hours after making a nameserver or DNS change so if you see a message “This domain is reserved for future use” don’t be alarmed. It’s quite normal and after a few hours your website will be displayed as expected.

Further reading

DNS is a massive subject. For further reading on this subject additional resources can be found at:

http://computer.howstuffworks.com/dns.htm

 

I hope this helps people with basic questions about DNS and how to use a domain name with your hosting.

Tak

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