They can all be in different places…usually when you purchase your domain name, you will be offered email services as well as web hosting services – plus a slew of other services and products that can leave you dizzy with confusion. So…when a client calls me and asks me to decipher an email from GoDaddy or HostGator or ClickHost, all web service providers of domains, emails and hosting – I start with looking at the Whois (who is) info. 1. http://www.networksolutions.com/whois
Registered through: GoDaddy.com, LLC (http://www.godaddy.com) Domain Name: NOTESFROMKRIS.COM Created on: 07-Nov-07 Expires on: 31-Jan-13 Last Updated on: 23-Aug-11
Looks like my domain has been around since 2007 – good for SEO. It doesn’t expire until Jan of 2013 (not good – need to go back to GoDaddy and ensure that this is indeed on auto-renew). It also shows that I purchased the Domain through GoDaddy. Further review of the Whois record shows me who controls my domain address book*.
Domain servers in listed order: NS1.NOTESFROMKRIS.COM NS2.NOTESFROMKRIS.COM
*also called Domain Name Server (DNS) records. This area controls what points where. For example, this address book or name server book can be set up to point my mail to – say, for example – Google Mail and my website can be stored at – say, for example – HostGator. 2. Now we need to dig deeper into finding out where eMail is hosted, I go to: http://www.zoneedit.com/lookup.html Here, I select the Mail Server (MX = Mail Exchange – not to be confused with Microsoft Exchange server) – and I find out that email is hosted at mail.notesfromkris.com – so it seems to be hosted in the same area as the Name Server (DNS) records.