DNS Records: What Are They? and How To Manage Them Correctly

DNS Records: What Are They? and How To Manage Them Correctly

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The abbreviation DNS stands for Domain Name System. The DNS is an online database which contains information about where a website exists on the internet.

This information is stored in records known as DNS records which are human-friendly names which map to not-very-friendly IP addresses. This allows a human to type in a friendly name (URL) into their web browser (e.g. www.google.com) and seamlessly be directed to the correct website.

Additionally, these records also direct email for a domain to the correct mail server and are also pointers to many other domain resources.

DNS records function as virtual signposts, so that when users want to visit or contact a certain website, their web browser is routed to the correct IP address for them to be able visit the specific website that they are seeking.

The importance of DNS records is therefore paramount for both internet users and website owners and operators, as it allows the two parties to connect successfully.

Correctly Managing DNS Records

The correct management of DNS records is important as these records function as the conduit between website visitors and website operators, and the accuracy and integrity of this information is vital to ensure that websites and other internet resources stay online and are always contactable.

Unfortunately, third parties can interfere with the management of these records, by suggesting that they be shared with other persons, or by helping to facilitate outside access to these records, and provide the DNS records to other persons who may not be sufficiently qualified to access and use such valuable information.

To ensure the integrity and stability of the DNS records, it is highly recommended that only the authorised and dedicated managers of your DNS records have access to them and can implement or edit them as needed, or, at the very least, that the managers of the DNS records are kept informed of any use of them by other parties at all times.

Failure to do so can result in a number of problems, including websites and their operators being invisible and uncontactable. This can cause a host of problems for the website operator themselves, as well as disappointment for the person attempting to engage with the website or contact its operator.

If you need help with your DNS records or are asked to share them with others, for example web developers, please let us know so that we can ensure the integrity of your DNS records, website, email addresses, and business remains intact, online, and functional at all times.

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