What are DNS Records

A quick guide to DNS Records and Nameservers

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Recently, we have been working on deploying our new website (Med School Microbiology) but ran into a major issue: we weren’t able to receive emails at our domain email address. After many hours of head scratching, staring at the computer, and calling our domain name registrar, we finally realized that the issue was with our DNS records. While we’ve played around with DNS records in the past to launch other websites, they still represented a major mystery to us. In this article, we wanted to share what we learned about DNS records while trying to fix our email issue. We hope that this helps!

What are DNS Records and Why do I need them

DNS (Domain Name System) records essentially tell computers where to look to find a particular website or part of the website. To understand this fully, it is important to understand the following concepts.

  1. Domain Name — The domain name is a string of text that maps to a specific IP address. For example, the domain name of our new website is medschoolmicrobiology.com. Think of domain names as like the mailing addresses of the internet. Domain names are registered by domain name registrars. These registrars function as the middle man between purchasers of domain names and the registries that provide the domain names. You can find…

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