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How do domain names work?

A domain name is an address like chcs.com. You may purchase your own domain name from many companies, called registrars, and their resellers, including CHCS. The company you purchase your domain name from will give you a way to renew your domain name, update your contact information, and point your name to the appropriate locations.

in order to make your domain name active, you must add information about your domain to at least two Domain Name Servers (DNS). CHCS uses several DNS servers, including:

  • ns1.chcs.com
  • ns2.chcs.com
  • ns1.chcs.biz
  • ns2.chcs.biz
  • ns1.chcs.net
  • ns2.chcs.net
  • ns1.chcswebservices.com
  • ns2.chcswebservices.com

You can see which DNS servers your domain uses by entering the domain name on this page.

DNS servers allow you to "point" your domain name to a website and an email service, which can be different. If you wish to have email addresses at your own domain, but you don't want a website, you may do that.

To set up your domain to point at a website, you will need to add "A records" that specify the numerical "IP address" of the server where your website is located. IP addresses look like this: 123.123.123.123. The hosting company where your website is located can provide this address to you.

To set up your domain to point to an email service, you will need to add "MX records" that specify the name(s) of the server(s) you are using for mail.