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When you register a domain name the authority for management of that domain is delegated to you via an ‘authoritative’ DNS (normally at your ISP).

 Zone File

Zone files organize the zone records for domain names in a DNS server. Every domain name has a zone file, and each zone file contains zone records. These files, editable in any plain text editor, hold the DNS information linking domain names to IP addresses. Zone files usually contain several different zone records. (normally at your ISP).

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The most common records contained in a zone file are start of authority (SOA), name server, mail exchanger, host, and CNAME.

For any kind of change or modification like NS/MX/PTR/A record updating in Zone file, it will take 48hr to propagate

An A-record is an entry in your DNS zone file that maps each domain name (e.g. yourdomain.com) to an IP address. In other words, the A-record specifies the IP address to which the user would be sent for each domain. This means that you can have different subdomains of your website resolving to different IP addresses, which could be useful if they are hosted on different servers.

Billing Contact Details

The location where registration fee invoices are sent. This section requires the full name, address, telephone number, fax number and e-mail address. Certain registration organizations will send regular mail invoices and reminders so having correct information here is vital.

Primary and Secondary Name Servers (DNS)

This section usually requires both the name and IP address of the name servers that will be authoritative for your domain. Generally but not always these will be the responsibility of the Technical contact.

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