Still trying to figure out the difference between namerservers and “a records” if there is any.
Reading DNS Management: Registrars and Nameservers, I found:
A domain’s nameservers … identify what set of servers … to obtain a domain’s DNS records. Your domain should have it’s nameservers pointed to wherever you … manage your site’s DNS records. For most people, their domain’s nameservers will point at their web host [or] anywhere that you can manage DNS. This means that if your domain’s registrar allows you to manage DNS with them, then you can point nameservers at your registrar’s nameservers and use their DNS management panel to set records.
At first I was all good. Nameservers point to DNS records. Your domain management and DNS management can be at separate places but I can set up my DNS stuff at my registrar (Arvixe is my registrar and has DNS management tools) … that sounds easy … My nameservers are Arvixe and so is my DNS stuff … but, of course, the phrase
you can point nameservers at your registrar’s nameservers
fucks with me. I point my nameservers at my registrar’s nameservers? WTF does that mean?
It seems like you can also register your own nameservers using your IP address so you’re creating a nameserver so your server/host can point to itself? Is it really just me or is this really, really stupid?
You can, apparently, install DNS software on your server so your server points to a nameserver (that’s in itself) which points to DNS records (that are also in itself). Yes, I think I just answered my own question — this is definitely stupid.
Many articles say to ask your registrar and such for assistance but the support people at Arvixe (registrar) are all completely incompetent and the support people at A2hosting (new host) are all dicks.
August 1, 2017 UPDATE: “Matt S.” is so not a dick. He is the King of All Support Peeps and has, as I just told him, completely and totally restored my faith in A2hosting.