Create an A-record
janeCloud servers come with a dedicated IPv4 address. You need to map your domain to the server’s IP using an A-record, which stands for Address record. A records are the simplest part of the Domain Name System or DNS.
What are A-Records and how do they work?
A-records are how your visitors will be able see your site when they type your web address into their browsers.
- Whenever a user wants to visit the site on your cloud server, their browser asks your domain’s nameservers for the A-Record.
- The A-Record resides at your domain registrar, where you bought it.
- The A-Record at your nameserver maps to the IP address of your server, where your website files and databases are stored.
In the diagram above, the nameservers’ job is to provide the IP address (basically the A-record) for your server, to your visitor’s browsers when they lookup www.YourDomain.com.
If this didn’t happen, people would have to lookup websites in the Google address bar, not as English-language names like YourDomain.com, but as IP address numbers which would be very impracticable and harder to use the internet.
Here’s an Example
Imagine your server has the IPv4 address, 220.127.116.111.
Let’s say your domain is example.com
At your domain registrar, you should create an A record for both the
www version of your domain, so they both point (resolve) to the server.
Host Type Data @ A 18.104.22.1681 www A 22.214.171.1241
The result will be:
example.com resolves to 126.96.36.1991
www.example.com resolves to 188.8.131.521
Contact your registrar if you need help with adding or changing an A-Record.
How to find my cloud server’s IP address
Login to My HostJane and click the Manage button next to your cloud service.
For example, if you had provisioned an Ubuntu 16.04 x64 server it will look like this:
You will be forwarded to your Server’s dashboard.
Click Statistics in the left-hand menu to find your janeCloud’s IPv4 and server credentials.
Your server’s IP is typed next to Main IP in the Statistics table.
Instructions from popular registrars
Below are links to instructions from the largest domain registrars on how to create your domain’s A-Record. Please contact your registrar if you run into problems and provide them your server’s IP address.
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