CNAME and Domain Glossary

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A Record

An A Record is similar to a CNAME but is used to map to an IP address if your website's IP address is fixed and stable. Your hosting provider can provide you with an A record and configure the IP address for you.

Unbounce uses dynamic IP addresses, so A records alone will not connect a domain with Unbounce.

You may add an A record to your domain to create a naked domain, meaning you would still need to add a CNAME record. 

CNAME record

A CNAME record or Canonical Name record is an alias for your domain; by creating a CNAME record within your custom domain's DNS settings, you can direct visitors to your webpages on Unbounce's servers.

Learn more about setting up CNAME within our documentation: Connecting Your Domain to Unbounce

Custom Domain

In Unbounce, a custom domain is a domain that you've registered with your hosting website. Some examples of custom domains are mywebsite.com or unbounce.com. In other words, a domain which you own. 

Learn the different ways of connecting your custom domain to Unbounce within our documentation: How Do I Add My Domain To Unbounce?

DNS

The Domain Name System (DNS) is the system by which the internet tracks domain names. Your DNS record is like your address listing on the internet.  

Domain

In short, a domain is simply the name of your website. An example of a domain is unbounce.com, mywebsite.com, or google.com.

Domain Hosting Service

The company that hosts your domain; some examples are GoDaddy, DreamHost, and 1&1.

GDPR Compliance

GDPR stands for General Data Protection Regulation, a new set of laws passed in the EU and put into regulation in May 2018. The regulation has made data protection and privacy much more important and stringent for your customers in the EU (European Union) or the EEA (European Economic Area). See our website for more information: Helping You Comply With the GDPR. 

Naked Domain

Usually, a URL will list the subdomain at the start, for example, http://www.unbounce.com. A naked domain removes the www subdomain and allows your customers to find your page without the prefix - so instead of http://www.unbounce.com, the full URL would also work as https://unbounce.com.

Page Path

A page path - also known as a file path, sub-folder, or subdirectory - helps your visitors understand which particular page of the webpage they're on. 

For example, the term homepage in this URL is the page path: try.mysite.com/homepage. 

Root Domain

The root domain is the unbounce.com of www.unbounce.com or the google.com of www.google.com.

Subdomain

A subdomain is a way for you to create different sets of content across your domain - similar to how apartments work, you may live in the same building but have numbers designating your specific apartment.

You can have numerous web pages by having specific subdomains under your main root domain. For example, try.mysite.com, or promo.mysite.com would be two possible subdomains of the same domain. 

SSL

Secure Socket Layer is a security technology that allows the client's information to be transferred in an encrypted format over your server, allowing your customers' data to remain secure and private. This is especially important with the GDPR compliance laws.

See our documentation to learn more about enabling SSL across your domains

TLD

Top Level Domain is the suffix, or the last segment of your domain name: .org, .net or .com are some examples of a TLD.

TLS

Transport Layer Security is a security technology similar to SSL. Its primary purpose is to help your customers transfer information in an encrypted format over a server.  

TTL

TTL is your Time To Live value; this is the amount of time your server holds on to older cached information before it refreshes to show any new changes.

If your custom domain doesn't seem to be working correctly, you may need to wait the amount of time indicated before your custom domain will work.

URL

URL or Uniform Resource Locator is an address for a web page within a domain. It's what you type into the address bar to find a page, for example, http://www.somecompany.com/a-specific-page/.

To update or make changes to your display URL, see our documentation: How Can I Change My Display URL?