Basic DNS Help

DNS configuration
Hi, I've never configured a DNS before, so I'm asking what is probably a very basic question... I have a domain at a registrar (A), and I wish to configure it to "point" to a new hosting plan at a different host (B) My new hosting provider(B) tells me I need to update my DNS config at the registrar (A) with their two nameservers ( & This makes perfect sense to me from my basic level of understanding. I have access through a "control panel" to some of the configuration parameters of the DNS at the registrar (A). I can add A-records, CNAME-records or MX-records. This is where my understanding becomes a bit cloudy.. * A-records seem to basically direct URL's to specific IP addressses * CNAME-records seem to be for re-direction of sub-domains * MX-records seem to be related to email (so I'm ignoring this right now) To add a new A-record, I can insert my domain name & an IP address. To add a new CNAME-record, I can insert my domain name and the destination host URL, this seems like re-direction of sub-domains to me, but I'm not sure. I think from what I have read I need to add a new A-record, but the I can only add an IP address, not a URL such as So, I am in need of help as to what to add to the DNS config. A new A-record? If sop with what IP address? thanks, Rod

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Hey Rod,

Who is your hosting company? If it is one of the big boys like Register or GoDaddy all you need to do is change the Name Servers to be what your isp has given you.

This will make sure your domain name matches up with the correct webspace on the internet. If you have issues with where to add them call customer support and they will make sure you put the correct information into the correct spot.

Also note that ANY DNS change takes 24-48 hours so make sure you get it right before you hit submit!

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    The configuration screen at the old ISP allows me to add A-records, CNAME-records or MX records only, to the DNS config. The A-record format is an IP address, hence my confusion. I can't just add a nameserver such as sadly. It's not one of the big boys sadly. thanks,Rod
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