Find your Domain Name System (DNS) records

During Project Shield setup, you will edit the Domain Name Systems (DNS) records of your website to send your website traffic to Project Shield. 

Find your DNS records

Looking up your domain's name server is one way to find out where your DNS records are managed. Here are some options to try:

Using a terminal window to look up your name server

Look up your name server with a terminal window
  1. Open a terminal window in your computer.
  2. Type the following, replacing "mydomain.com" with your website's domain: host -t NS mydomain.com

The listed name servers of your domain are owned by the organization that manages your DNS records. 

Using a website search to look up your name server

Search for your domain information.

Use a website that gathers domain information, like WHOIS lookup, to look up public information about your name server.

Search your domain name.
Enter your domain name in the search field, such as mydomain.com, and look up the domain information.
Look for Name Server information in search results.

The search results for your domain name search will include additional details about your domain, including your Name Server information. Look through the domain information provided to find your Name Server.

The domain name servers can provide more info about where your DNS records may be managed.

For example, results might list:

    Domain Name:             mydomain.com

    Registrar Name:          Example Registrar 

    Registrar URL:             exampleregistrar.com

    Name Server:               n1.anotherdomainhost.com.

Visit the site listed in the name server.

You can typically guess the name of the domain host in the name of the listed name server. In this example, n1.anotherdomainhost.com comes from the domain host, Another Domain Host.

Visit the domain host and log in to access your DNS records. 

If you're still having trouble finding your DNS records, contact us.

Glossary

What's a DNS record?

The Domain Name System (DNS) organizes and maps domains on the Web to their physical servers. It helps to ensure when someone types in your domain (such as http://www.mydomain.com), they visit a website on the correct server (on an IP address like 74.125.19.147).

It works like a phone book: when you look up a business like “My Pizza Shop," it gives you the correct phone number to reach them. Similarly, DNS translates a website URL, like www.google.com, into a physical IP address, like 74.125.19.147, of the server with that site.

Changing your DNS settings lets you enable certain tools and services. For example, editing the Mail Exchanger (MX) record lets you direct your email to the right server.

For Project Shield, you’ll need to change your A record or CNAME record. 

The A record points to the physical IP address of the server hosting your content. 

The CNAME record links your domain to an alias, and points your traffic to that alias.

Learn more about DNS basics.

 

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