Configure DNS (Point Domain Name)

DNS Help

Before we begin, it’s important to understand what DNS is and how it works. Here is a short summary/illustration of DNS.

If you do not currently own a custom domain name, it will be up to you to purchase one through an independent provider. It is up to you who you choose but we recommend GoDaddy or Network Solutions. Once the domain has been purchased, you can contact a customer account rep to begin the process. 

Steps to Properly Configure Your DNS:

The following instructions will ensure that when people visit your domain (www.yoursite.com) it will point to your Blue Sombrero website. 
 

  1. IMPORTANT: Contact a Blue Sombrero Support Team Member so they can make the back end changes needed to start a DNS transfer. Notify them of all custom domains that you are using and pointing to your Blue Sombrero website - this is critical to ensure your domain name forwards properly!
     
  2. Log in to your domain hosting service and update your CNAME:

    *PLEASE CONTACT A BLUE SOMBRERO CUSTOMER ACCOUNT REP IF YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO THIS FOR YOU. 
    • For a sports.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create a www CNAME to sports.bluesombrero.com (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a clubs.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create a www CNAME to clubs.bluesombrero.com (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a leagues.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create a www CNAME to leagues.bluesombrero.com (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a ayso.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create a www CNAME to ayso.bluesombrero.com (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a tshq.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create a www CNAME to tshq.bluesombrero.com (Make the TTL as low as possible).
  3. Log in to your domain hosting service and update your A Record:

    *PLEASE CONTACT A BLUE SOMBRERO CUSTOMER ACCOUNT REP IF YOU WOULD LIKE THEM TO DO THIS FOR YOU. 
    • For a sports.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create an @ A Record to 184.73.162.111 (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a clubs.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create an @ A Record to 174.129.209.6 (Make the TTL as low as possible).
    • For a leagues.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create an @ A Record to 184.73.162.121 (Make the TTL as low as possible). 
    • For a ayso.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create an @ A Record to 52.201.167.151 (Make the TTL as low as possible). 
    • For a tshq.bluesombrero.com/clubname portal, create an @ A Record to 52.205.24.30 (Make the TTL as low as possible).
  4. If you have made these changes on your own, you will still need to contact a customer account rep to make the final change on our end. Please reach out to us, letting us know the changes that have been made so we can complete the final process. 

Glossary of Terms

Domain Name: This is the name that identifies a website. For example, "apple.com" is the domain name of Apple's website.

IP Address: The Internet Protocol (IP) Address is the numeric code that identifies all computers that are connected to the internet.

DNS: The Domain Name System (DNS) is like a phone book for the Internet. If you know a person's name, but don't know their telephone number, you can simply look it up in a phone book. DNS provides this same service to the Internet. When you visit http://www.apple.com in a browser, your computer uses DNS to retrieve the website's IP address, 17.149.160.49. Without DNS, you would only be able to visit Apple's website by visiting its IP address directly, such as http://17.149.160.49.

Registrar: A company that registers the names of websites chosen by website owners and integrates the names into the DNS by recording them on computers known as Domain Name Servers, the "address books" of the Internet. Two examples are Go Daddy and Network Solutions.

A Record: The Address (A) Record, also called a host record, is the record that associates a domain name with an IP address.

CNAME Record: A CNAME is an alias for a host record. CNAME records point back to an A record to find the IP address. If you change the IP address of the A record, all your CNAME records pointed to that record will automatically follow the new IP.

MX Record: Your domain name's MX (Mail) Records control delivery of email sent to your domain name.

Setting up Email Addresses for your Club:

We recommend using Google Apps Standard Edition. We use Google Apps at Blue Sombrero for Email, Calendars, and Google Docs, and strongly encourage our customers to do so as well.

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