Okey dokes, i'm now a tad wiser, many thanks mate.
The reason i ask is that i have a domain which is already using the www prefix (lets say: www.example.com) it's hosted/pointed elsewhere, but i want to add gmail to example.com (which it doesnt provide) so i hosted example.com (without the www. prefix) here at dreamhost (i have a few other domains here btw, but i digress) but when i set the hosting/dns dreamhost automagically points example.com to www.example.com and will not allow me to change the www a name record (in this case www A 6x.1x3.1xx.1x3)
Any thoughts on ow i might go about removing the www A name record in dreamhost?, bearing in mind i have NO access to the www.example.com directory at the other host but they DID state this (i use example.com again in the quoted text below):
"The Primary Domain Name MUST NOT be a domain name which you are planning on using for email purposes. For eg., if your domain name is example.com and you have or want to create email addresses of the type email@example.com, DO NOT use example.com as your Primary Domain Name. Instead use a subdomain like www.example.com or shop.example.com, etc. This is because in the next step you will be adding a CNAME record for this domain name and technically a domain name for which a CNAME record is made, cannot be used for email purposes".
It goes on to say in the next step:
"Point the Primary Domain Name you chose above (www.example.com) to our server using a CNAME record pointing to example.super.abcmyorder.com (domain names changed for privacy guys). So if you chose www.example.com as your Primary Domain Name then you should add the following CNAME record:
www.example.com IN CNAME example.super.abcmyorder.com
NOTE: It is important that you use a CNAME record above and NOT an A record".
I hope this helps describe my conundra more explicitly, it is doing my head in from this end LOL
One last pont, the domain has three prefixes already pointed to by a free nameserver and they work just fine, they are:
There is no entry for example.com so i believe my real problem lays with the redirect to www by dreamhost.
Sorry it's become a long winded email, i truly appreciate beaing able to talk to someone about it though =)
Many thanks again dood.