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What is DNS? How do I set up my DNS?

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DNS (Domain Name Server) settings are the part of your domain name that tells a user's browser where to go to find your website. So, when a user types in your web address, the DNS settings will tell the browser that your page is on Financial Visions servers. Then, the browser will look at our servers to find your website.

 
Changing DNS Settings:
1. Finding where your site is registered
  The place you purchased your website will be what is called your registrar. Some of the common sites that people use to register their domains are www.tucows.com, www.register.com, www.godaddy.com, etc. You need to know where your domain was purchased before you can make changes to your DNS settings.
   
2. Finding your username/password
  When you registered your domain, you should have received an e-mail that contained your username/password. If you can't find such an e-mail, you need to contact your registrar to find out what username/password is associated with your account.
   
3. Setting up/changing DNS
  For your website to be available to visitors, your DNS setting needs to be pointing to our servers so the end users browser can find your page. To have your DNS point to our servers, complete the following steps:
  1. Go to the site you registered your domain with (www.tucows.comwww.register.com, www.godaddy.com, etc.) and look for something called "account manager" or "manage my account", something along those lines.
  2. Log-in to your account using your username/password.
  3. There should be an option that says something to the effect of "edit/manage my DNS". That's the option you want.
  4. Set the Primary Domain Name Server to:
    server.fvisions.com,
    set the Secondary Domain Name Server to:
    ns2.fvisions.com.
  5. Save your changes. Some sites may make you click "continue" multiple times for your changes to take effect. Make sure you do so.

    Also, some sites may send you an e-mail that you need to open and click a link inside it to accept the changes. Make sure, if that is the case, that you follow all the instructions in the e-mail exactly.
  6. DNS changes usually take from 24-72 hours to take effect.
    4. Setting up DNS if you will be keeping your current e-mail host.
      If your currently have e-mail hosted for your domain, changing your DNS settings to our servers will give you access to your website, but you will no longer receive your e-mail.

    If you wish to retain email with your current email provider and forward the domain to your website please request that your registrar create an A Record to our IP address on their DNS name servers. Our IP address is 204.212.189.43.  Please contact us if additional clarification is needed regarding this matter.

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