How do I point a parked domain at an external web server
Posted by Richard Moran on 24 June 2010 12:30 PM
If you wish to re-point your domain record to an external web server, you should ensure that any local web services are first removed as per section "A" below before proceeding to section "B" - adding or editing DNS records.
If you wish to add or edit existing records, see section B below.
A. Removing pre-installed local web services
Select the “web ”** tab and click on "Remove Hosting" button, and confirm.
This will remove any system generated DNS records. With these removed, you can now set up manual DNS records as required.
** If there is no web tab, then there are no local web services running, proceed to B below.
B. Pointing your Domain at an external web server
Please consult the documentation from your hosting or design service carefully to determine their preferred method and the correct records necessary to point to their systems. Some providers require you to create both a "CNAME" record for www.yourdomain.com and one or more "A" records for yourdomain.com. Others require you to use an "A" record (IP address) for yourdomain.com and/or www.yourdomain.com.
To access your DNS records select the “DNS” tab and then the “DNS Records” link beneath it.
Edit existing DNS record
You can edit an existing DNS existing record by clicking on the record name, selecting the "Edit" button, update as required and select "Submit" to complete.
To add a new "A" record for your domain** pointing at an IP Address
**Note: this is often denoted by the "@" symbol
To add a new "A" record for "www".yourdomain (or other sub domain name) pointing at an IP Address
To add a new CNAME record for "www".yourdomain (or other sub domain name) pointing at a hostname
Your new DNS records are now set up. If your site delivers content for more than one domain, you may need to repeat this for the other domains. Our nameservers will begin publishing the new information within 10 minutes of the change but it may take 3-6 hours for the information to be visible everywhere during which time visitors may see content from either the new or the old server.