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A Records (IP Addresses)

All servers connected to the Internet are assigned a unique IP address. An "A" record associates a name to the server IP address, allowing people to use easy-to-remember domain names (rather than hard-to-remember IP addresses) to connect to a website. For example, you could enter the IP address 216.168.224.69 in your Web browser to reach the Network Solutions® website, or you could simply enter www.NetworkSolutions.com.

Before you begin editing "A" records, you should:

  • Know the associated IP addresses
  • Understand that DNS updates will take up to 2 hours to take effect (updates may resolve more quickly at some locations than others because many name servers on the Internet retrieve updates at different times).

To update "A" records

  1. Follow instructions for accessing DNS Manager – Advanced Tools to view the DNS Manager Settings page
  2. On the DNS Manager Settings page, in the IP Address: A Records section, click Add/Edit
  3. Your current A records are listed in editable form, and any Network Solutions service that is associated with the A record is listed below the Numeric IP text box
  4. The first three hosts listed are the most common hosts used with domain names:
    • www : Points to the specified IP address when Internet users enter an address, such as www.jimbikes.com
    •  @  : Points to the specified IP address when a user enters just the domain name without anything before it, such as jimsbikes.com
    • * * : Points any unassociated host for a domain name to the specified IP address, similar to a catch-all feature that could be used for any misspelled host names

To add or edit "A" records

  1. Enter or edit the new host name in the Host column
  2. Enter or edit the IP number under the Numeric IP Address column in any remaining empty row
  3. Click Continue

To delete "A" records

  1. To the right of the A record, select the check box in the Delete column
  2. Click Continue
  3. Review the list of requested changes
  4. Click Continue