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Mark_RMark_R Member

Hello,

I have a few domains that i'm only using the subdomains on, the main adress (A record) I set at 127.0.0.1 because I am not broadcasting any service to the public.

Now I wonder, is this allowed? are there certain rules for this im not aware of?

personally I see no point in attaching a webserver to the domain's main A record when im only using the subdomains.

Thank you.

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  • 127.0.0.1 sounds familiar :)

    Simply skip it, if you dont want to use the A record you dont need to assign it in the first place.

    Thanked by 1Mark_R
  • @neroux @zen

    Thank you guys for clearing that up!

    it would be a shame if i start losing domains due not following requirements that I am not aware of.

  • wychwych Member

    I can't see why it wouldn't be allowed, is it practical well...

    From a SEO perspective (and depending what your doing on the domains) you should have www./non-www forwarding to whatever subdomain you are using; people are lazy.

    From a developer PoV if you are not wanting to offer the service then just leave it at a blank IP; I have used Google, 127.0.0.1 but then made a VPS to just do holding pages on domains; point the IP then ads are displayed based around the keywords/terms of the domain.

    I am seeing more and more where sites just drop the entries and then you get the site cannot be found if you automatically type the wrong one.

    Taking a hiatus.

  • If there are restrictions on a technical level they are usually limited to name servers (I am not aware of any registry requiring A records).

  • You could just not set an A record.

  • The most lovely times for a 127.0.0.1 A record is when someone is running an actual local service.

    Their faces are just wonderful when they think you've done something.

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  • You can even set A names to local network IP address (10.8.0.27, 192.168.1.1, etc) and use the domain in place of a local DNS/WINS server. It's your domain entries on your nameservers - it has nothing to do with your domain name.

  • Many ISPs will often point localhost to 127.0.0.1, so I don't see why you can make any A record and point it to the same IP. Hey, if you want to auto-include an A record called GiraffeNipples and point it to 127.0.0.1, go for it!

  • geekalotgeekalot Member
    edited March 2014

    @wych said: .... you should have www./non-www forwarding to whatever subdomain you are using; people are lazy ......

    @wych, Technically though, the zone apex is supposed to be an A record. Not a cname or a "forward."



    Obviously, some Registrars (who host DNS) and DNS hosters offer it as "domain forwarding" or "url forwarding" (or you can get it at a 3rd party site like wwwizer). Then the zone apex will point to their IP (which could be a security risk if, for example, you have "a" listed in your SPF).



    @Mark_R, But aside from that concern, I don't know of any technical restrictions about A records pointing to local networks.

  • I'd still say the easiest solution is not assign any record at all.

  • wychwych Member
    edited March 2014

    @geekalot said:
    Technically though, the zone apex is supposed to be an A record. Not a cname or a "forward."

    Yeah, make an a record but then have your site 301 non-www to www or vica versa.

    Taking a hiatus.

  • geekalotgeekalot Member
    edited March 2014

    @wych said:
    Yeah, make an a record but then have your site 301 non-www to www or vica versa.

    >



    Absolutely, I do it all the time for my domains. IMHO it is better for SEO etc to pick ONE; the "naked" domain or the subdomain (www) and redirect the "loser" to the "winner".



    You'll notice though that some DNS services don't have URL forwarding (Rage4, for example); causing you to have to use code, a webserver, or a 3rd party (like wwwizer, etc) to get those redirects going.



    BTW, not knocking Rage4 at all - I am a believer, Rage4 is a really nice service.

  • You shouldn't have any problems assigning that A record.

  • lewekleoneklewekleonek Member
    edited March 2014

    @darknyan said:
    The most lovely times for a 127.0.0.1 A record is when someone is running an actual local service.

    Their faces are just wonderful when they think you've done something.

    That's a good point @darknyan - ;)
    On the other hand, I have some DNS records pointed to 10.0.0.0/8 private range for some dev servers... some people get confused too easily though + there is some security considerations when doing that.

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