It's useful to understand a few basic concepts about domains, and how they're managed on Bonanza.
What's a domain?
A domain, or domain name, is the address (or URL) that people will use to visit your website on the Internet. It appears in the address bar of the web browser (for example, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari.)
You can buy a custom domain name through Bonanza, or, if you already own a domain through a third-party provider, you can use it for your Webstore.
About DNS records
Domain Name Server (DNS) records associate domains and subdomains with internet addresses. You can think of a DNS record as a behind-the-scenes pointer from one internet location to another.
DNS records might be called resource records, or DNS zone files, or something similar, depending on your domain registrar.
When you buy a domain from a 3rd-party provider, you'll need to update the domain's DNS records to redirect traffic invisibly from that domain to your Bonanza-hosted domain. Your customers will see only your 3rd-party domain in the address bar of their browser.
The table shows the main DNS record types that you might need to update for your Bonanza store.
A CNAME record, or canonical name record, makes one domain name an alias of another.
At Bonanza, you could use CNAME records to point your custom subdomains to your Bonanza-hosted domain. When setting up a third-party domain, then CNAME will always be webstores.bonanza.com.
*Reminder: CNAMEs always point to another domain name. Never point a CNAME record to an IP address.
An A Record (also known as "Address Record" or "Host Record") points a domain or a subdomain to a specific IP address.
In Bonanza, you'll use an A record to point your 3rd-party root domain at Bonanza's IP address (126.96.36.199). If you bought your custom domain through Bonanza, this is already done for you.
How do I edit my DNS records?
To edit your DNS records, you'll need to log into the account you have with your domain provider. You should look for your domain registrar in our set of instructions for popular domain providers (not all 3rd-party providers are included.)
*Reminder: It's important to understand that when you edit your DNS records, you're not transferring data. DNS records function only as pointers from one internet location to another.
Problems changing your DNS records?
Under no circumstances can we log into your 3rd-party account and change DNS settings for you. If you're having problems, your domain provider is in the best position to help you out.