Why can't I have DNS here, website there, and email somewhere else?
June 26, 2012 9:05 AM Subscribe
DNS here, website there, email somewhere else..is this possible?
posted by bellastarr to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
I currently have a website for my organization hosted on HostGator. The domain is registered with Network Solutions. The DNS records for this domain are at HostGator also. Email, however is on my own server, and I have the MX record pointing there. Everything works great - most of the time.
For reasons HostGator can't explain to me, the DNS records for our website get changed occasionally. Basically what happens is that the address for the website gets changed to point to the email server. So website visitors get directed to our webmail page. Of course it always happens after hours and is a major league PITA to get corrected. I've changed my password many times and had HostGator check their logs but they have not come up with any explanation. I do not ever fiddle around with the DNS records. The mis-direction occurs on it's own as far as I can tell.
So what I'd like to do is move the DNS records somewhere else, probably Network Solutions, but keep the website hosted at HostGator and the email service on my own server. Network Solutions tells me this is not possible. They say that if the DNS records for the domain are on Network Solutions DNS servers, then the website must be hosted there (on Network Solutions webservers) ($$$). |??? This was a "real" person I talked to there and I asked him to confirm this several times, which he did, and I nearly believed him until one of his last statements was "unless there is something I don't know about." ?
If this is indeed the case, then apparently I don't understand DNS like I thought I did. Is it not possible to have DNS registration at one place like Network Solutions, the DNS server for the domain there, the website at HostGator, and email somewhere else without having to pay for some premium product?