ekmDomains was made to make managing your domains an easy process. In this guide, we'll talk through the process of managing your domain(s) and all of the relevant components within ekmDomains.
Start by logging into your ekmDomains account and clicking on the Domains tab.
After clicking the Domains tab, you will see of all of the domains you have acquired. Next to your domains, you will see both an Email tab (if you have an email) and a Domain tab. The domains tab is where you will go to manage your domain options.
You will then see all of the domain and registrar details. You will have the ability at this stage to change the contact details linked to the domain. At the bottom of the page, you will see a list of 5 sub-tabs which will be summarized below.
The renewal settings are to be used if you no longer wish to keep your domain. Domains are bought annually so if you wish to cancel your domain, simply select Auto Renew to Off.
Forwarding domains is to be used when your want customers to be redirected to a different page when they enter your domain name.
A 301 redirect is a permanent redirect. For instance, a customer would enter your domain name and they would be redirected to a different address. To add a 301 redirect, simply enter the new URL into the specified box.
Similar to a 301 redirect, a 302 redirect will take your customer to a different page when they type in your domain name, however, the URL on the page will stay the same.
A name server is a server that returns an IP address when it is passed a domain name. This IP address can then be used to find the domain names location on the internet.
You can either use the default EKM name servers or you can specify your own name servers.
Domain Name System (DNS) is a distributed internet directory service. DNS is used to translate a domain name (eg. www.mysite.co.uk) into an IP address (eg. 188.8.131.52).
Adding A-Records will tell your domain where it is to be pointed to. To add an A-Record simply click Add Record. This is also where you will enter the mail servers IP Address.
"A CNAME record is an abbreviation for Canonical Name record and is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) used to specify that a domain name is an alias for another domain, the "canonical" domain. All information, including subdomains, IP addresses, etc, are defined by the canonical domain."
"A mail exchanger record (MX record) is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System that specifies a mail server responsible for accepting email messages on behalf of a recipient's domain, and a preference value used to prioritize mail delivery if multiple mail servers are available. The set of MX records of a domain name specifies how email should be routed with the Simple Mail Transfer Protocol (SMTP)."
"A TXT record is an abbreviation for text record and is a type of resource record in the Domain Name System (DNS) used to provide the ability to associate some arbitrary and unformatted text with a host or other name, such as human-readable information about a server, network, data center, and other accounting information. A domain is not limited to having only one Text Record, any fully qualified domain may potentially have several records."
If your domain is currently hosted with ekmDomains and you wish to change provider, simply go to the Transfer section and enter the IPS Tag and click Transfer. For a .co.uk domain, the transfer may take between 24 and 48 hours. For a .com domain it could take up to 7 days.