DNS zone files
A range of DNS records exist:
- A record This type of zone files points your domain, or a sub domain, to an IP address.
- AAAA record This type of zone file is similar to an A record but is designed specifically for ipv6.
- CNAME record This type of zone file points your domain name, or a sub domain, to a sub domain, or a domain name.
- MX record This type of zone file specifies the mail server that accepts emails for a domain name.
- TXT record This type of zone file adds a text field that, specifically, enables your domain to be authenticated on tools such as Google Analytics.
- SPF record This type of zone file configures operators’ anti-spam settings, and specifies the mail server that is authorized to send emails from your domain name.
Select "my domains" from the "my account" page on the Youdot platform.
In the left hand menu, find and select the domain you wish to change.
Click the DNS zone file tab to see your zone file. Here, you can view the different fields within the file.
- Deleting a record
You can delete a record by clicking on the red trash icon.
- Add a record
Select your preferred zone file from the dropdown menu (A, AAAA, CNAME, MX, SPF, TXT), then complete the NAME and VALUE fields before validating.
You can check validation of your DNS records using Zonemaster:
This tool allows you to check that your DNS servers have updated successfully. It uses the AFNIC Zone Check tool, which verifies proper configuration of the primary and secondary DNS that you want to register. To do this, click here to go to Zonemaster.Then click on "undelegated domain test", and complete the following fields:
- Domain name: provide the domain name to be test
- DNS servers: click + next to the DNS servers to be tested, then provide the relevant server(s) and IP addresses.
- Click the "validation" button to complete.
Go to the my account page, then to my domains. Click on the domain name that you want to manage. Select the DNS servers option to retrieve the server addresses that you have used to configure your zone files. This function is particularly useful for when you want to manage DNS records (A, CNAME, MX, etc.) for your domain name through a third party service provider or when you want to link to your hosting website.
How long does it take to change a DNS server?
We carry out updates within minutes of the change being made (15 mins max) However, once new DNS are published, there is always a propagation time, the time to clear the DNS caches of access providers. The actual propagation time varies widely from one user to the next and can range from a number of minutes to 72 hours (the average is 24 hours).
Note: To speed up access to your new DNS:
- Do not try to access your domain name until you have updated your DNS, or wait a few minutes immediately after updating. This will prevent your ISP from creating a cache using the old data, which it will keep for 24 hours.
- Use Google Pubic DNS rather than your access server’s default DNS. They are free and update much more quickly than those of your access server.
Bear in mind that propagation time is different for each user. So, during the transition period, some users will see their domain name point immediately to your new DNS, whereas for others it will take 72 hours to update and they will have the old data up until that time.
How do I manage domain name hosting?
We do not offer domain name hosting other than for your personalized home page. However, you can link your domain name to an existing hosting company by assigning your hosting company’s DNS servers to your domain or by managing your domain name’s DNZ zone file so that it points to the server’s IP address.