How to Decode DNS Zone Types

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What is a DNS Zone?

A DNS Zone is part of a group of components that make up DNS. These objects are managed by an administrator or organization in a granular manner. DNS zones can contain varied information about a domain and subdomains. Multiple zones can also exist on the same server.  DNS information is stored within a text file called a DNS zone file.

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Understanding the DNS Process

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What is DNS?

DNS stands for Domain Name System (DNS) services. When we access a website, we are using this service to locate the server where the domain’s website is located. When browsing the web, we usually type in a domain name like www.google.com into our browser. This is better than trying to remember an IP address linked to a Google server.

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How to Perform a Reverse DNS Lookup

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The purpose of DNS is typically used to resolve a domain name to an IP address. This act is known as a forward resolution and is performed every time you visit a site on the internet. Reverse DNS (or rDNS), as its name implies, is a method of resolving an IP address back to a domain name.

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How to Update Reverse DNS in Manage

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If you have a Storm VPS or a Liquid Web Dedicated server-based account and you want to update or modify the reverse DNS of your IP addresses, you can do so easily using your Manage account.

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WHM Tutorial: DNS Tools and Functions

Reading Time: 3 minutesIf you have a VPS server or Dedicated server running cPanel, and your server is also running private nameservers, you will find the Web Host Manager’s (WHM’s) interface very useful when it comes to updating, creating, or removing DNS zone files for your domains. Continue reading “WHM Tutorial: DNS Tools and Functions”

DNS: An Overview

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What is DNS?

The Domain Name Service (or DNS) is the key to the presence of your server on the internet. You are probably aware your domain has an “IP” address, which stands for Internet Protocol; that number is your domain’s literal web address on the internet. A typical IP address is a series of four numbers called octets that are identified like so: 10.10.10.10.  You can think of your IP address as being similar to a postal address. The IP address is the exact location where your domain lives. I usually explain it like this;

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Migrating Your DNS to Liquid Web

Reading Time: 2 minutesIn order to simplify your website management and to receive speedy DNS support, including restoration of website service during DDoS attacks, we recommend you move your website DNS name server records to Liquid Web. You will still have full control to add and modify your DNS records at any time. There are two critical steps needed to move your DNS to Liquid Web. Continue reading “Migrating Your DNS to Liquid Web”

DNS Record Types

Reading Time: 2 minutesOne of the many challenges that we may face while attempting to make modifications to a zone file, is knowing what the different records are used for.  This article highlight several of the commonly used records in an attempt to help demystify them. Continue reading “DNS Record Types”

How To Flush Your Local DNS Cache

Reading Time: 2 minutesIf your computer has trouble reaching a certain website or server this may be due to a corrupt local DNS cache. This guide will show you how to clear your local DNS cache (“flush” it) for several operating systems. Continue reading “How To Flush Your Local DNS Cache”