A necessary step when deploying a new server is to configure the DNS records for your domain name. Pride Tech Design offers managed DNS services, which means we will take care of all of your DNS records for you, but you can also choose to manage your own DNS records.
Using Pride Tech Design's Managed DNS Service:
This is the easiest method, you simply need to set your "custom nameservers" at the registrar where your domain name is leased.
Be aware that when you do this, the changes can take from 24 to 48 hours. We will let you know when your DNS records are ready for this switch, and we recommend performing it after 10PM to minimize any impact of "flapping*".
* flapping is when the DNS switches back and forth from the old settings to the new settings every few seconds, as a result of cached data in various regions.
Managing your own DNS configuration:
If you would prefer to manage your own DNS configuration, that is okay too. If you're unfamiliar with configuring DNS records, we recommend our managed DNS service which is included free with your hosting package. We will provide you the records that must be created.
Be aware that when you change DNS settings it can take several hours. For this reason we recommend making DNS changes after 10PM to minimize any impact.
"A" Record: The A Record should point to your server's IPv4 address. So if your IPv4 address were 184.108.40.206, your "A" record should look like this:
yourdomainname.com 3600 IN A 220.127.116.11
"AAAA" Record: The AAAA Record should point to your server's IPv6 address. So if your IPv6 address were 2604:a880:400:d1::97b:a001, your "AAAA" record should look like this:
yourdomainname.com 3600 IN AAAA 2604:a880:400:d1::97b:a001
Let's Encrypt SSL "CNAME" Record: In order to validate your SSL certificate, you need to create a "CNAME" record that looks like this, including the period at the end:
_acme-challenge.yourdomainname.com 3600 IN CNAME _acme-challenge.yourdomainname.com.ptd.io.
"MX" Records: If you are using a third-party E-mail service, your "MX" records should be configured for that service. If you are using the E-mail server included with your Pride Tech Design service, your "MX" record should look like this:
yourdomainname.com 3600 IN MX 0 mail.yourdomainname.com
Email Validation Records:
These are required even if you are using a third party E-mail service. This is because your new server may need to occasionally send system E-mails, or E-mails from your website, so even if it's not receiving E-mail, these records are necessary to ensure deliverability.
SPF Record: You may already have one of these. So if your IPv4 address were 18.104.22.168, you would add 'ip4:22.214.171.124/24'. If you don't have an SPF record already, you'll want to create a new "TXT" record. So if your IPv4 address were 126.96.36.199, your new TXT should look like this:
yourdomainname.com 3600 IN TXT "v=spf1 mx a ip4:188.8.131.52/24 ~all"
DMARC Record: You may already have one of these. If so, you can probably leave it as is. If you don't have a DMARC record already, you'll want to create a new "TXT" record that looks like this:
_dmarc.yourdomainname.com 3600 IN TXT "v=DMARC1; p=none; sp=none; adkim=r; fo=1; pct=50; ri=86400; rua=mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org; ruf=mailto:email@example.com"
DKIM Record: This is a custom record for your domain name. We will provide it to you after server creation. It will look like this:
dkim._domainkey.yourdomainname.com 3600 IN TXT "v=DKIM1; k=rsa; p=SomeReallyLongStringOfCharacters"
If you have DNSSEC enabled for your Domain Name, you will need to update the DS records if you change DNS providers. Please let us know if you have DNSSEC enabled when you choose to use Pride Tech Design's Managed DNS Service.
If you have any questions, please E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org for help.