How Do I Add a Record to My DNS Server?


Heather Bennett

How Do I Add a Record to My DNS Server?

Managing your DNS server involves adding, modifying, and deleting records that determine how your domain names are resolved to IP addresses. Adding a record to your DNS server is a fundamental task that allows you to associate specific hostnames with corresponding IP addresses. In this tutorial, we will explore the steps to add a record to your DNS server.

Step 1: Access Your DNS Server

To begin, you need to access your DNS server. This can be done through various tools or interfaces provided by your hosting provider or network administrator. Once you have access, proceed to the next step.

Step 2: Identify the Record Type

DNS servers support different types of records, such as:

  • A (Address) record: Associates a hostname with an IPv4 address.
  • AAAA (IPv6 Address) record: Associates a hostname with an IPv6 address.
  • CNAME (Canonical Name) record: Creates an alias for an existing hostname.
  • MX (Mail Exchanger) record: Specifies the mail server responsible for accepting email on behalf of a domain.
  • TXT (Text) record: Allows associating arbitrary text with a hostname.

Select the appropriate record type depending on your requirements. For example, if you want to associate a hostname with an IPv4 address, choose the A record type.

Step 3: Provide Record Details

In this step, you need to provide the necessary details for the new DNS record. The required information may vary based on the selected record type. However, common details include:

  • Hostname: The name of the host or subdomain you want to associate with the record.
  • IP Address: The IP address to which the hostname should resolve.
  • TTL (Time-to-Live): Specifies how long DNS resolvers should cache the record before checking for updates.

Ensure that you have accurate and up-to-date information to avoid any disruptions in your DNS resolution.

Step 4: Add the Record

Once you have provided all the necessary details, it’s time to add the record to your DNS server. This can usually be done by clicking on an “Add Record” or similar button provided in your DNS management interface. Following that, provide the details you gathered in the previous step and save the changes.

Your DNS server will then propagate this new record across its network, allowing proper resolution of your specified hostname to the associated IP address.


If you’re using a third-party DNS service, such as Cloudflare or Google Cloud DNS, refer to their documentation or support resources for specific instructions on adding a record to their systems. The process may differ slightly from what is described here.

Congratulations! You have successfully learned how to add a record to your DNS server. Remember that DNS changes may take some time to propagate worldwide due to caching mechanisms implemented by various ISPs and networks. Patience is key when it comes to waiting for global propagation of your new DNS records.

We hope this tutorial has been helpful in guiding you through the process of adding a record to your DNS server. Feel free to explore more DNS-related topics and expand your knowledge.

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