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Q1.  What's the difference between domain registration and web hosting?
Q2.  How do I transfer my domain nameservers to Arbor Hosting?
Q3.  Can I manage my own DNS entries?
Q4.  My domain is already registered with Arbor Domains, and I would like to manage my own DNS entries. What are the entries I must add to have a working web site and email?


Q1.  What's the difference between domain registration and web hosting?

  When you register a domain, you receive ownership rights of that name for a specific period of time, with the option to renew at the end of the term. When a visitor types in yourdomain.com, for example, this name is converted to the computer address of where your web site can be found. Domain registration does not include any storage space in which you can store the actual contents of your web page or email. That is the purpose of web hosting. Don't forget that if you purchase a webhosting package from us, we will pay the cost of your domain renewals!

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Q2.  How do I transfer my domain nameservers to Arbor Hosting?

  The exact procedure is different depending on the registrar through which you registered your domain name::
  • Network Solutions
    1. Go to NSI's Make Changes page and enter your domain name.
    2. You will either be asked to self-select an option, or asked to log in.
      • If you are asked to self-select what you want to do, choose "transfer my Domain Name to another ISP" and follow the instructions to get to their main form. You need only update the technical contact and name server sections.
        • For the technical contact, enter WM2930-ORG for the handle and make the remaining fields in that section blank.
        • For the primary nameserver, enter ns1.friendlydns.com for the name and 208.186.78.62 for the IP address.
        • For the secondary nameserver, enter ns2.friendlydns.com for the name and 216.234.118.27 for the IP address. Make any additional secondary nameserver fields blank.
        Upon submitting the form, you will be sent an automated email which you must then forward to hostmaster@networksolutions.com
      • If you are asked to log in, do so and then:
        • Update the technical contact section so that the handle is WM2930-ORG. Make the remaining fields in that section blank.
        • Update the nameservers section. For the primary nameserver, enter ns1.friendlydns.com.
        • For the secondary nameserver, enter ns2.friendlydns.com. Leave any additional secondary nameserver fields blank.
        Submit your changes.
  • All Others
    1. Go to the site where you registered your domain name. Select the option that lets you manage your account/domain and log in.
    2. Edit the DNS information so that the primary nameserver is ns1.friendlydns.com, the secondary nameserver is ns2.friendlydns.com, and the ternary nameserver is ns3.friendlydns.com. Erase any additional secondary nameserver entries that may exist.
    3. Save the changes

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Q3.  Can I manage my own DNS entries?

  Yes and no. Arbor Hosting's nameservers do not allow customers to manage their DNS entries directly. However, we will be happy to make any changes for you on request for free by sending an email to support@arborhosting.com. If you need the ability to directly manage your domain's DNS entries, we suggest that you transfer your domain to our sister site, ArborDomains.com, which offers this feature for free with every domain renewal. Note that all domains we renew for free are also transferred to Arbor Domains, meaning that once your domain is renewed, you will be able to choose whether you want us to manage your DNS entries on your behalf, or if you would like to manage them yourself.

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Q4.  My domain is already registered with Arbor Domains, and I would like to manage my own DNS entries. What are the entries I must add to have a working web site and email?

  First of all, you need to know your assigned web site IP address. This address is provided to you when your web site account is first activated. Suppose your IP address is 127.0.0.1. Then you should use the following DNS entries:

Host NameRecord TypeAddressMX
@A (Address)127.0.0.1 
wwwA (Address)127.0.0.1 
mailCNAME@ 
ftpCNAME@ 
@MX@10

Remember, you should replace all occurences of 127.0.0.1 above with your actual assigned IP address. Also, it is important that the www line is an A (Address) record and not a CNAME.

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