FAQ on Web Hosting
What is DNS?
DNS stands for Domain Name Service. It is the Internet-wide
system for connecting domain names, like customerdomain.com, to
their respective web servers. DNS translates domain names to their
corresponding IP Address. Without DNS, people would have to visit
their favorite web sites by typing in numbers instead of their
What are DNS Power Tools?
With DNS Power Tools, you have the power to manage your domain's
complete DNS record; set and change the domain's corresponding IP
address (A Records), have e-mail forwarded to your ISP's mail server
(MX Records), configure name aliases (CNAMES), and set up subdomains
How can I use DNS Power Tools?
To use the OnlineNIC's "DNS Power Tools" you must have
ns000.onlinenic.com set as the name server for the domain. If you
are using your own nameserver you can not use OnlineNIC's DNS Power
First, you must create a DNS record that will forward your
domain to its corresponding IP Address. Choose "Create DNS
Record" under DNS Power Tools. For security reasons, you will
be asked to re-enter your reseller_id and password. Enter
the domain you wish to manage along with the IP Address of
the valid, accessible web server that hosts your site. This
will create a basic DNS record for your domain. Within approximately
48 hours, your domain should resolve properly on the Internet.
If you wish to configure additional DNS settings for this
domain (CNAMES, MX Records) or wish to change
a domain's IP address, use the "Manage DNS Record" link under
DNS Services in the control panel.
How much does it cost to use DNS Power Tools?
DNS Power Tools are currently free of charge. OnlineNIC will
inform you when we begin to charge for this service. Please note
that E-mail forwarding and URL forwarding services are not part of
the DNS Power Tools package and are currently fee-based
What is an A-Record?
The A-Record, also called the "address record", is the most
important part of the DNS record. It is used to link your domain to
its corresponding IP Address.
What is an NS Record?
The NS-Record indicates the authoritative name server for that
domain. If there is some question about the IP Address for a
particular domain, other name servers know where to ask for a
definitive answer. Note that to use OnlineNIC's DNS Power Tools you
must use ns000.onlinenic.com as your primary name server. This is
the default setting when you register new domains with us.
What is an MX Record?
MX Records specify what servers on the Internet are responsible
for handling e-mail sent to your domain. You can assign more than
one server with priority rankings, so that you can still get mail if
the primary server fails. Successful use of an MX Record requires
cooperation with your ISP. They must properly configure the mail
server to receive e-mail from your domain. If you do not have an ISP
who can do this, try our e-mail forwarding service instead.
What is e-mail forwarding?
E-mail forwarding allows you to have all e-mail sent to your
domain to be forwarded to a private e-mail address that you specify.
For example, mail sent to firstname.lastname@example.org, could be
configured to go to:email@example.com. To do this, we set up
your MX Record to point to one of our mail servers, then configure
the server to forward mail to your account. Not any cost for Email
forwarding, it is totally free for you.
What is URL forwarding?
URL forwarding will automatically send visitors to a URL that you
specify whenever they type your domain name in their browser. The
URL (in the form http://www.otherdomain.com/directory/file.html) can
be cloaked or uncloaked. A cloaked URL will not
show up in the browser's location bar. Instead, your domain,
www.yourdomain.com, will appear in the browser location bar. An
uncloaked URL will be visible in the location bar instead of
your domain. Not any cost for URL forwarding either, it is totally
free for you as well.