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Webmaster - DNS Management

The domain records are hosted and managed through Domain Registry of America (droa.com).  The simple domain record management is used to create, change and delete DNS records for AYSO26.org.  Additions or changes to our DNS records typically only take a few minutes to propagate through the major ISPs that service Palo Alto.  But it may take up to 24 hours to reach all the smaller ISPs scattered around the globe.

A Quick Definition

These records tell users' applications where to find things on the Internet.  For example, where on the Internet to find www.ayso26.org?  The applications have to talk to the network using ip addresses that look like 127.186.44.138.  The application has to ask the Internet where to find www.ayso26.org, and this is done by asking the DNS (Domain Name Service).  The DNS will answer with the required information.

Sometimes we use the DNS to supply other kinds of information instead of the ip address of a named server.  For example, we use gmail from Google.  We don't give the address of Google.com as our mail server, because that would just take people to the Google search site.  Instead, we create cname records in the DNS that directs email clients to gmail servers, with redundancy.

We also use cname records to direct web references to Google.  Google receives the web references and maps them to a hosted web site.

We also create User Friendly URLs using the URL Redirect feature.  With this kind of record, we can substitute an easy to use URL for a difficult one.  An example is a user being able to enter vip.ayso26.org and getting sent to http://www.ayso26.org/soccer-programs/vip-program. We also use this feature to map team names.  For example, apocalypse was the team name for the National Games team.  apocalypse was mapped to spring12g1@ayso26.org.

Accessing our DNS records through DROA

DROA can be found at http://droa.com.

  1. Click the "Manage Your Domain" link on the left hand side of the page, below the toolbar.  It is grey text.
  2. Enter the Domain Name:  ayso26.org
  3. Enter the Password
  4. Click Login
  5. Click Hosts and Email Forwarding, this will present you with the list of currently defined records

Editing the DNS Records

For each type of record you simply place your cursor into the field you want to edit and make the changes.  You can add records by going to the bottom of the list where there are blanks, and enter your new records there.  You need to enter the information from left to right so that you define name of the record, then the type, then the address for the record.  You do not need to set the MX Pref, since the records you are editing are not mail records.

When you are done making your changes, click the Modify button at the far bottom of the page.

When you are all done, click the Logout button at the bottom of the page.

Most of the changes will be reflected on the Internet within minutes to an hour, depending on the ISP you use.

The Types of Records


@ in a Record
The @ means the domain, without reference to a particular machine.  So if someone pings ayso26.org, or enters http://ayso26.org, it will use that location.  

A Records

These records generally give ip addresses for specific machines on the Internet.  As long as we don't have machines hosted independently of Google, we don't need to modify these records.

MX Records

These records tell all mail servers where our email delivery is, for  the domain ayso26.org.  As long as we use Google gmail for our email hosting, we don't need to change these records.

CNAME Records

These records are very versatile and can be used for a variety of purposes.  Currently, we use these records to direct web browsers to google site hosting, using the name ghs.google.com.  For example, the cname record for www.ayso26.org.  It tells an application on the Internet where www.ayso26.org is; it tells the application to go to ghs.google.com.  Google then maps the reference to our internally hosted web site.  We set that using the site url mapping web page in our domain.

URL Redirect Records

These records substitute a real URL for a short name.  For example, we have a URL Redirect for "volunteer"  to map to http://www.ayso26.org/volunteering/how-to-volunteer


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