To make Electric Embers your DNS host, log in to your domain registrar and change your nameservers to:
ns1.electricembers.net ns2.electricembers.net ns3.electricembers.net (optional) ns4.electricembers.net (optional)
Frequently Asked Questions:How do I edit my DNS records? Is there a control panel?
We don’t currently offer a control panel for direct access to your DNS records, so please send us an email with the specific records you need added or changed (record name, type, and value) and we’ll be happy to help during regular business hours.
No, sorry, we are not a domain registrar — you should register your domain first and then request hosting services from us. We recommend registering your domain through GKG or Gandi, with only the latter serving .coop domains. We do not recommend GoDaddy, for both technical and political reasons, and we do not recommend Network Solutions for technical and pricing reasons.
The Domain Name System (DNS) is the phone book of the Internet, translating human readable domain names like electricembers.coop to computer IP addresses like 188.8.131.52. A DNS lookup happens every time you send an email, browse a web site, or do nearly anything on the Internet. DNS is a basic, essential, and automatic part of the Internet as we know it.
Using a domain name on the Internet involves two distinct layers: domain registration and DNS hosting.
- The bottom layer is domain registration, where you select a domain name and register it for your own use. You choose a domain registrar (we recommend GKG), register your domain with them, and maintain control of your domain by staying in contact with your registrar and paying them registration fees.
- DNS hosting is the next layer up. When you designate Electric Embers’ DNS servers as the nameservers in your domain registration, you make us your DNS host, responsible for telling the Internet where your different services are hosted. (We might tell the Internet, for instance, that your website is hosted here at EE while your email should be delivered to a server in your office.)
If you are a techie and want more in-depth background information about how DNS works, you may enjoy our extensive DNS and SMTP primer (PDF).