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Nameservers & DNS

DNS, which stands for Domain Name System, controls your domain name's website and email settings. When internet users visit your domain name, the DNS settings control which company's server it reaches out to. For example, if you use our DNS settings, visitors will reach our servers when using your domain name.If you change those settings to another company, visitors will reach that company when they use your domain name. Nameservers are a computer with DNS software installed on it to manage the records of all the domains that are hosted by a company.

 

DNS Basics

DNS can be confusing. It's made up of many different elements which control different aspects of your domain name. Here's a quick explanation of each one:

A Record

A Records (Address record) map your domain name to an individual server using an IP address. A sample IP address is 123.4.67.5.

CNAME

CNAME (Canonical name) maps your subdomains to another server using a server name. Unlike A Records, CNAMEs cannot use IP addresses.

Most domain names have many CNAMEs.

MX Records

MX Records (Mail Transfer record) references the server that handles email for your domain. MX Records have an associated priority which allows you to specify multiple email servers that can receive mail for your domain so that when a lower numbered name server is down, another will take over.

What is Child DNS?

Child DNS servers are name servers which are registered under a domain name, the domain name is called a parent for the DNS server.Many people prefer to set their own custom named DNS servers, which is also a requirement for some extensions such as .BANK.

In order to create the nameservers, you will first need to register them with the IP address of the server, then follow these steps:

  1. Log in to your 101domain account at my.101domain.com.
  2. Select the Domain Names tab.
  3. Select the domain name you want to create Child DNS servers for.
  4. Scroll down and within the Register Child Nameservers section (bottom right), click on Register or Update Child Nameserver. Then select Register New Nameserver.
  5. Enter the subdomain you wish to use, (typically NS1) in the first box and then supply the IP address.
  6. Repeat the process for the secondary server, (typically NS2). Most people use NS1 and NS2.domain.tld but you may technically choose any name of your choosing.
  7. You may use the same IP address for both NS1 and NS2 if you wish, but having separate servers is recommended.
  8. Once this is set up, it may take a few hours to take effect. Then, you will be able to change your domain's DNS servers over to the newly created child nameservers.

You may set your domain’s nameservers by clicking on Edit DNS Servers.

 

Not all Country Code Domain endings support child nameservers.

Nameserver

Nameservers (Authoritative Name Server Record) maps your domain name to the company that controls its DNS settings. Usually, this will be the company where you registered the domain name.

The Domain Name System controls addressing of your domain name's website and email settings.

What are the default nameservers for my domain?

For domain names parked with us

NS1.101DOMAIN.COM

NS2.101DOMAIN.COM

NS5.101DOMAIN.COM

For domain names hosted with us

NS3.101DOMAIN.COM

NS4.101DOMAIN.COM

For Plesk usersNS1-15.101DOMAIN.COM
 NS2-15.101DOMAIN.COM

 

How do I make updates to my nameservers?

Here's how to change the nameserves for your domain you have registered with 101domain.To change the name servers on a domain name already registered with us: 

  1. Log in to your 101domain account at my.101domain.com.
  2. Select the Domain Names tab.
  3. Select the domain that you want to change nameservers for.
  4. From within the DNS Servers section click on Edit DNS Server.
  5. Change the name servers as required, leaving any of the fields blank will retain the original DNS server.

Name servers (or DNS) are specified during purchase in the checkout process. The following options are available:

  • Choose the default name servers if you wish to park your website with us.
  • Choose the default name servers if you wish to host your website with us (you must purchase hosting from us for your domain name).
  • Choose custom name servers if you would like to host your domain name with another hosting provider.

 

A minimum of TWO domain name servers are required for all domain names registered with us.

Please make sure that your domain name servers (DNS) are responding or the Registry will reject your request. Many Country Code Domain Registries have very strict requirements for domain setup (zone files) on your DNS. Please contact our Support Team if you are unsure of your server's settings.

 

Generally, New Domain name server changes are free. Certain Country Code Domain Registries charge additional fees for name server changes. If there are additional fees involved, our Support Team will contact you with further information. Please refer to our terms and conditions for more information.

 


 

Changing DNS Records

DNS records serve to connect your domain to your webhost, and include the following types: A Record, CNAME, MX Entry, TXT Records, and AAAA Record. Here's how to modify your DNS.

  1. Log in to your 101domain account at my.101domain.com
  2. Select the Domain Names tab.
  3. Click the domain name you wish to modify the DNS records for.
  4. Scroll down and select DNS Records (Manage Advanced Domain Record Settings CNAME, A, MX).
  5. From within the Add DNS Record section select the following record type

CNAME record

CNAME (or Canonical Name) is typically used to map a subdomain such as www or mail to the domain hosting that subdomain's content.

A record

An A Record is a DNS record used to point a logical domain name, such as "101domain.com", to the IP address of its hosting server.

IPv6 Record

Here's how to add an IPv6 Record (AAAA Record) for a host. This record is a equivalent replacement for the A Record used for IPv4) but provides a much larger address space for future growth.

 

Common Questions

How long will it take for changes to my DNS changes to propagate?

Most new domains and many Country Code domains that offer an automated system will resolve new name servers in 24-48 hours.Certain registries require a manual process for DNS changes, causing the update to take longer than 48 hours.

Please make sure the name servers you submit are responding correctly and meet the guidelines of the Registry. Certain Country Code Domain Registries have very strict requirements when accepting name servers.

I updated the DNS of my domain but it is not working?

When your nameservers are changed, or DNS changes are made, you can expect a propagation time of up to 24 to 48 hours.This is because it takes time for the DNS to take effect across the internet. The actual time of propagation may vary in some locations based on your network setup.

My domain name is not resolving?

Several reasons why your domain may not be resolving (or not working properly) include:

  • You haven't allowed sufficient time for your domain to propagate across the Internet.  In some instances, but not generally, this may take as long as 48 hours.
  • You did not add your domain to a name server. In other words, no name servers are attached to your domain name.
  • You registered your name with another Registrar but you did not point the name server to 101domain. You can do so by updating your DNS settings in your 101domain account at my.101domain.com

If none of the above are the problem, please contact our Support Team.


How do I add a subdomain?

A subdomain is the part that comes before your domain, and is used to help provide distinction between content or sites.

  1. Log in to your 101domain account at my.101domain.com
  2. Select the Domain Names tab.
  3. Click the domain you wish to change.
  4. Scroll down and select DNS Records (Manage Advanced Domain Record Settings CNAME, A, MX).
  5. From within the Add DNS Record section select Add CNAME Record.
  6. Complete the required fields and select Done.

 

It can take up to 1 day for these changes to propagate across the internet.