How to Add DNS "A" Records

Modified on Wed, 19 Jul 2023 at 11:07 AM

How DNS records are managed – and the terminology used – varies depending on which registrar you use (i.e. Name.com, GoDaddy.com, NameCheap.com, etc), but nearly all registrars have detailed instructions available to guide you.


In general, a DNS record consists of 4 parts:

  1. Record Type - examples: A, CNAME, MX. For our purpose, the only type you'll select is "A"
  2. Name - this is the actual domain or subdomain you're creating the entry for, i.e. example.com or www.example.com 
    • some systems will ask you to enter "@" for the base domain, i.e. example.com
    • others will want you to enter the actual domain, i.e. example.com
    • for subdomains, like www.example.com, you would typically only enter the "www" portion.
  3. Value - for an "A" record, this is the IP of the server that the "Name" should point to. You will enter the IP address provided on the final screen of the AutoLauncher
  4. TTL - "Time to Live" - a suggestion for how long the entry should be cached in routing infrastructure. Most systems will default to their preferred value. 1 hour is fine.


Instructions for Common Registrars:


If you use another provider, search for "dns a records" in their support section, or contact us and we can help you out!


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