Definition of DNS record types

DNS record types are components that manage a domain name system. These records are text entries in a domain name server that helps direct user requests to the proper server. The four main types of DNS records are A, MX, TXT, and CNAME. A record, or address record, is used to point a domain name to an IP address. MX or mail exchange records indicate where emails sent to a domain should be delivered. TXT records store text-based information related to a domain. Finally, CNAME records, or canonical name records, redirect one domain name to another. These Domain Name System record types are essential for ensuring that user requests are answered correctly and quickly. Find a detailed explanation of each one on the following page about DNS record types.