Domains 101

While ABA does provide DNS hosting for our IndieCommerce sites, some stores do host with different companies.  It is important to note that ABA does not register domain names, and in order to keep your web address, you will need to renew your domain when the time comes.

Renew your domain name when alerted, and know how to access your registrar account.
If Possible, set your domain to auto-renew to reduce the risk of accidentally letting it expire.
Ensure that contact information stays up to date with your registrar so you receive any important communications.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Find your registrar login information, do a Whois search, and update information if needed. You can find a Whois search tool here: whois.icann.org

Terminology

DNS: Short for Domain Name Server, DNS is an internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. Because domain names are alphabetic, they're easier to remember. The Internet, however, is really based on IP addresses.  The DNS for sites hosted on our servers are NS2.BOOKSENSE.COM and NS3.BOOKSENSE.COM.

A Record: An A (address) record is a DNS record that can be used to point your domain name and host names to a static IP address.  If you are using an A Record, it means that you are hosting with a provider other than ABA, like GoDaddy or Network Solutions.

MX Records: Short for mail exchange record, an MX record is an entry in a domain name database that identifies the mail server that is responsible for handling e-mails for that domain name.

 

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