An A record maps a domain name to the IP address (Version 4) of the computer hosting the domain. An A record is used to find the IP address of a computer connected to the internet from a name. The A in A record stands for Address. Whenever you visit a web site, send an email, connect to Twitter or Facebook, or do almost anything on the Internet, the address you enter is a series of words connected with dots. For example, to access the DNSimple website you enter www.dnsimple.com. At our name server there’s an A record that points to the IP address 18.104.22.168. This means that a request from your browser to www.dnsimple.com is directed to the server with IP address 22.214.171.124. A Records are the simplest type of DNS records, and one of the primary records used in DNS servers.