HostJane servers use Address (A) Records, written for short as A-Records. These are part of the DNS or Domain Name System.
When a user wants to visit your website, their browser will ask your domain’s nameservers for the A-record.
The A-Record at your nameserver maps to the IP address of your server.
This just a fancy way of saying the label (or as geeks will tell you, Internet Protocol) of the HostJane server where your files are stored.
Once your visitor's computer has got back this information off the nameserver, their web browser can then connect across the internet to the server at HostJane where your website's files and databases are located.
That's call a DNS Request.
Geeks call IP addresses, IP v4 addresses, because they are mostly written as 4 sets of numbers separated by dots, i.e. 111 . 222 . 333 . 444
All that really matters though is that your IP address, and A-Record, are totally unique to your HostJane server and help people find you on the internet.
It's very cool because no one would stand a chance of remembering your www.yourwebsite.com as a string of numbers, like 111.222.333.444.
To solve this problem, your domain's nameservers change computer talk into simple human words, which people can type into browsers like Google Chrome and Apple Safari to find you online.
Create an A-record
In our example, your server has the IPv4 address of: 123.456.789.1
Your domain is example.com.
Go to your domain registrar, navigate to the DNS manager or zone, and update the A-records as follows:
You can find instructions from popular registrars in the next section.
Preventing duplication issues
By following our example above, you create an A record for both the non-www and www version of your domain.
Both www.example.com and example.com will point (or resolve) to the server.
It's a good idea to add code to your website to tell Google if you want the www or non-www version of your site (example.com or www.example.com) to show to visitors when they visit your domain.
This article from Moz can help you understand the issue so your website is consistent for search engines from the outset.
Contact your registrar if you need help with adding or changing an A-Record.
Find your registrar
Below are links to instructions from the largest domain registrars on how to create your domain’s A-Record.
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How to check your domain is propagated
We recommend using WhatsMyDNS.net to check on the progress of your A-record's propagation status.
Go to WhatsMyDNS.net
Enter your domain in the main field, select A in the dropdown, and hit Search.
If your domain is successfully propagated, the map will show all green ticks.
When successful, each ISP country will show your A-record with a green tick.
Unfortunately we have to wait for ISP nodes around the world to update.
The map will show red crosses during this transition time.
While propagation is still pending, or has failed, there maybe a mixed-picture of red crosses and green ticks.
Remember it can take up to 72 hours for DNS to propagate. Contact your domain registrar's support if the map is not turning green after 72 hours.