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Domains & DNS Overview

DNS, or "domain name service", is an internet service that translates domain names into IP addresses. In BigCommerce, the DNS section is where you manage the records that associate your custom domain name with your BigCommerce store.

Having access to a domain's DNS records allows more you to manage how subdomains and email records are hosted. DNS records are often used by merchants who want BigCommerce as their store host, and a third party as their email provider or blog host.

Having a custom domain name, email addresses using your domain name, and subpages (like blogs) sharing the domain, gives your store a professional appearance that will increase customer confidence and loyalty, and will help build strong brand awareness. Whether you're looking to use a domain you already have purchased for your store or you'd like to register a brand new one, the resources below will help get you started.

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