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DNS is the Domain Name System, a hierarchical, distributed database to map various information together, such as hostnames to IP addresses. The name is also used as a synonym for nameservers, the specific servers delivering the DNS feature. This tag should be used for all issues about configuration of DNS systems or troubleshooting problems in names resolution.

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How do I leave mail at the registrar while serving the web from host?

Client's domain is registered with GoDaddy where they have a mail-only plan at the moment. Now web hosting has been set up elsewhere and we need to point web service to the new host while retaining ...
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If ICANN only charges 18¢ per domain name, why am I paying $10?

ICANN charges 18¢ per domain name registered regardless of its extension, but I pay $10 for a domain name per year with my registrar. What do domain name registrars do for its customers to justify ...
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Virtualhost config: routing and wildcard usage

My VirtualHost config is below: <VirtualHost *:80> ServerName www.example.com ServerAlias example.com DocumentRoot /var/www/example/html </VirtualHost> I ...
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Can DNS point to specific port?

I got virtual machine on some server and my URL is something like this. 111.11.11.111:8002 Can I get DNS who will point to specific port ? One more thing. If I cant do that, can my virtual ...
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How to host a single website on multiple servers?

I'm planning on releasing an iOS app that downloads video from my server. If hundreds of people on the launch day try to do this, then my website and the services that my server provides will clearly ...
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Does the "canonical name" in DNS make any difference to search engines?

Some of our sites are setup with an "a record" to an IP address and some are setup as a cname of a server that then has an "a name" to the same server IP. I want it to be consistent. Which is the ...
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How can I host a website on a dynamically-assigned IP address?

I recently upgraded my internet to the point that it is much faster and more reliable than my current webhost. I would like to move my current domain to be hosted at home, but my IP address is dynamic....
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SEO and multiple domains to same site

I have one website. I have two domain names that I want to point to the same site install. So whether you go to name-one.com or name-two.com you see the exact same site. Now, I can either set up ...
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Block a random domain pointing at my dedicated IP

I have a random domain name which has it's A record going to my dedicated IP. Therefore duplicating content. Is there a way I can disable the domain at IP level maybe in iptables? I have a .htaccess ...
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Naked domain to "www" redirect in Windows Server 2008

I have a Windows server. I have several websites hosted on my server. Currently, I can only visit these websites if I include "www" (e.g., www.techtint.com). I want the naked form of the URL to ...
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Using multiple A-records for my domain - do web browsers ever try more than one?

If I add multiple A-records for my domain, they are returned in a round robin order by DNS servers. Example: 192.0.2.1 A example.com 192.0.2.2 A example.com 192.0.2.3 A example.com But how does web ...
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What is the safest way to search for domain names availability?

I am victim of Domain name front running. I searched for domain names on some sites & I lost those names soon. Now, what is the safest way to search for availability of domain names? Using ...
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Is there any way to redirect one domain to another via DNS settings keeping the path information?

For example, my domain is example.com and when someone navigates to example.com/sample/page.htm, I want it to redirect to test.com/sample/page.htm. I know that this can probably easily be done using ...
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Should I have both example.com and www.example.com?

I used to have a website which could be addressed by both example.com and www.example.com leading to the same page. Now, I moved to another server and only the example.com works. I got an email from ...
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What is the maximum number of DNS A-records you can use on one domain?

Is it correct that there is no limit to how many DNS A records can be set on a domain? My boss asked me this and it made me curious, I can't find anything online.
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Why won't Webmaster Tools let me set a preferred domain? (says to verify, but it should already be)

I've got a domain that I apparently forgot to set a preferred domain for, so I just tried to do it. Webmaster Tools instead popped up a little box: Part of the process of setting a preferred domain ...
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Domain name only works with www. but not without the www

I have searched for this problem numerous times but I can't quite apply the solution to my problem. The usual solution I find is that I need to add an A-record to my dns, currently I only have a C-...
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Changing hosting for a domain but keeping email

I’m a web designer with minimal knowledge about DNS records etc. I have a client who currently has a domain registered with LCN. They also have their email provided by LCN and they currently have a ...
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How to make DNS server propagate faster if you are a site owner?

It's often the case that I want to change name servers because my site is messed up. Well, it takes a very long time for the name server to propagate. Is there something in DNS, or registrar or ...
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DNS takes too long to resolve

I have a site and its load time needs improvement. When I monitor it, the DNS takes too long to resolve. Pls see the results here: http://tools.pingdom.com/fpt/#!/GOv42ma85/http://www....
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Having 2 hosting accounts in case one of downtime?

I'm looking for a simple solution to increase my website's uptime. My website consists of simple HTML and PHP pages with no database. Right right I use paid shared hosting and I sometimes find that my ...
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Forwarding a subdomain to a Minecraft Server

I am trying to forward a subdomain to directly connect to a Minecraft server. The domain name is hosted at GoDaddy and the server requires the port at the end. These are the things I have tried so far:...
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Register new hosting IP in DNS A Record

At the moment I have example.com that my colleague bought from GoDaddy which was first purchased via Google Work. The purchase did not include a hosting plan. We do not plan to host our website on ...
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methodology behind using cname to verify domain ownership for use with a host

Webhosting services, such as Squarespace, enable customers to connect their third-party-hosted domains to their site without transferring ownership or switching Nameservers. This is achieved by adding ...
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Forward naked domain with URL path for my Google Domain

I purchased a domain through Google Domains and I am hosting my app on Heroku. I would like users to be able to access my app through the naked domain, but Google Domains does not allow CNAME's to ...
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How to forward non-www to www. Using Godaddy DNS Manager

so I've set www.mydomain.com to point to ghs.google.com, which correctly loads my Google site, but if you go to mydomain.com, it doesn't redirect/forward to www.mydomain.com, it just hangs. is there a ...
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Does registering a domain for 10+ years help search rank?

I've heard that registering a domain name for a very long time, say 5 to 10+ years, can help with your search rank. This seems at least plausible to me, since a fly-by-night, massive domain name farm ...
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Registrar with good security, DNS hosting, and DNSSEC and IPv6 resolvers? [closed]

I'm looking to move my domains away from GoDaddy, but I'm having a tough time finding anyone with comparable features at a (even remotely) similar price. I've looked at the usual suggestions (...
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Is it possible to use cloudflare without having them managing my DNS?

I need to use cloudflare without having them managing my DNS, My DNS server have much more options that I do need. Instead of setting cloudflare as my dns server, I have added it as a NS record from ...
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How do I check that a domain is available without triggering a grabber?

A few days ago, I checked whether a domain was available by tying the name in the web browser. Also host returned not found 3(NXDOMAIN) When I tried again today, some domain grabber had snatched it. ...
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Is it okay to have no A records for a domain?

There is one domain I'm using for email only. MX records are set up and everything works. The A records for @ and www are pointing to a machine, which just redirects to google.com. I am now wondering ...
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Is it possible to keep the existence of a domain secret?

If I bought a domain like a9j47fn83jd8j49.tld, and only a friend and I ever visit it, who would know about it? It sounds like for most TLDs, there is some reporting that has to happen after you buy a ...
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DNS hosting better managed by Domain provider or Hosting provider?

Is it better to let DNS be managed by Domain Provider like GoDaddy/Namecheap or point the nameservers to hosting providers like Linode? What are the differences and disadvantages/advantages of both?
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How many domains to split components across?

I understand how splitting components across domains can maximize parallel downloads, and enable you to have cookie-free static content domains, but since there's a time cost for each domain lookup ...
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Someone else is using my IP address with an old A Record. What can i do?

I found out that someone who used to have my current IP address, still has an old A record and google is using that for returning search results. As a result, when someone searches the name of my ...
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I registered a domain name — how can I point it to my DynDNS host?

How can I host a website from my home machine? I have a DynDNS address so that even if my external IP changes, the machine is accessible. Lets say, for example, the machine is accessible at example....
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What is the status of the .DATA TLD?

I see a few registrars allowing per-registrations, but can't find any dates for Sunrise, early access, GA, or any other information. Apparently the registry is Dish DBS Corporation, but that's not ...
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Will transferring a domain name to a new registrar cause downtime?

Will transferring a domain name to a new host cause downtime at all on the domain? It's the highest traffic time of the year for us but we really want to keep things moving and need to migrate hosts ...
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Subdomain on another server cPanel A Record & Cloudflare

I have created an A record to point to another server for a subdomain to be hosted separately from the actual domain name. I created this on cPanel but I also have Cloudflare enabled. I subdomain ...
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What is needed to add DNSSEC to my site?

What is needed to add DNSSEC to my site? Is it like HTTPS/SSL that I have to buy a certificate, or can I generate one myself to use? Is there any free way I can use DNSSEC or do I have to pay for ...
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How can my site detect mobile phones and switch visitors to a mobile Domain?

My Question is that when user enter the website: http://www.example.com then they will just go to automatically to http://www.example.mobi how can i do this .. is their any technique behind that. ...
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What percent of visitors should click on the next page before you enable prefetching?

Mozilla Firefox and Google Chrome support prefetching via an HTML tag: <!-- in chrome --> <link rel="prerender" href="http://example.org/index.html"> I suppose it is always worthwhile to ...
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Old registrar had DNSSEC enabled and after transferring, the new registrar doesn't support it. Now the site won't load

I made a domain transfer with DNSSEC enabled to an operator that does not support DNSSEC. The first operator has no option to disable DNSSEC, and I did not think about it anyway. And now I have a ...
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Nginx Reverse Proxy for Tumblr

I'm currently trying to set up a reverse proxy redirecting a domain to a tumblr blog. I've set up NGinx using this Gist. My nginx configuration looks like so: upstream tumblr { server 66.6.44....
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no-www redirect not working / DNS A record

I'm far from an expert on this, but I'll try to be as clear as possible. I have an eshop solution leased from a company and it's hosted on their server. I can access it thru company.com/myshop and it ...
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SPF Record for Google Domains Email Forwarding

I've got a domain setup with Google Domains. I'm using CloudFlare for the name servers and I have the correct MX records setup (https://support.google.com/domains/answer/9428703) to point back to ...
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How to connect a Freenom domain name to my Amazon ec2 instance?

I don't know how to point my domain name to my ec2 instance. I purchased two free .tk domain names from Freenom. Now, I don't know how to configure to use them. I want to know which settings I have ...
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How can a domain be showing as pendingDelete & redemptionPeriod, but not expire for another year?

I'm looking to buy a domain that's currently showing as pending delete, but also showing that it's in the redemption period. The strange thing is that it's showing the expiry date as next year, ...
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DNS records for subdomain with Google App Engine ambiguity

Let's say, I own example.com. It already points to a live website, which I do not under any circumstances want to accidentally prevent access to because of bumbling around with DNS settings. I now ...
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How to make so that a first domain name redirects to second one but the URL displays the first domain name?

I have first domain name registered with some domain name registrar, for which I don't have web hosting account, only dns hosting. I have second domain name registered with godaddy, with web hosting ...
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